- The Consolidated Federal Programs (CFP) team oversees the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), the reauthorization of the long-standing Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The team assists local education agencies and other eligible entitles to:
Apply for competitive and formula-based grants
Comply with grant terms and conditions
Achieve maximum benefit from grant investments
Title I, Part A - Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
The purpose of this program is to provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.
Title II, Part A – Supporting Effective Instruction
The purpose of this program is to provide grants to state educational agencies, local educational agencies (LEA), state agencies for higher education and eligible partnerships to:
- Increase student achievement consistent with the challenging State academic standards
- Improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals and other school leaders
- Increase the number of teachers, principals, and other school leaders who are effective in improving student academic achievement
- Provide low-income and minority students greater access to effective teachers, principals and other school leaders
Title III, Part A - English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement
The purposes of this program is to help ensure that children who are limited English proficient, including immigrant children and youth, attain English proficiency, develop high levels of academic attainment in English, and meet the same challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards as all children are expected to meet.
Title IV, Part A - Student Support and Academic Enrichment
The purpose of this program is to improve students’ academic achievement by increasing the capacity of States, local educational agencies, schools, and local communities to:
- provide all students with access to a well-rounded education;
- improve school conditions for student learning; and
- improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.
CFP Spring 2021 Conference Materials
Monday, April 5, 10:00am-11:00am
This session will cover a variety of frequently asked questions concerning the FY22 application, technical and programmatic updates and new points of interest for the coming fiscal year.
Tuesday, April 6, 10:00am-11:30am
This session will feature a step-by-step, screen-by-screen walkthrough of the FY22 CFP application. Guidance will be given to support LEAs in successfully completing each section, and common needs, questions and concerns will be addressed.
Wednesday, April 7, 10:00am-11:00am
In this session, we will discuss the three fiscal tests required under Title I Part A. Participants will receive an overview of the Comparability, Supplement Not Supplant (Title I Neutral Budgeting) and Maintenance of Effort requirements.
- Title I: Three Fiscal Requirements PowerPoint
- Title I Fiscal Guide Non-Regulatory Guidance
- Supplement Not Supplant Under Title I, Part A Non-Regulatory Informational Document June 2019
- Memo:Title I Part A Supplement Not Supplant
Thursday, April 8, 10:00am-11:00am
This session will feature a review of possible uses of Title II funds, who can use them and how, including dos and don’ts.
Monday, April 12, 10:00am-11:00am
In this session we will explain why the CFP Team conducts programmatic monitoring. We will delve into the general process, explain what we are looking for in monitoring responses and share best document management practices. This workshop will include a formal presentation and ample time for questions.
- CFP Monitoring PowerPoint
- CFP Comprehensive Monitoring Document
- CFP Pre-Monitoring Documents to Submit to AOE
Tuesday, April 13, 10:00am-11:00am
In this session, we will discuss some of the difficulties of spending CFP funds in the age of COVID. We will explore best practices, review allowable uses under the Titles, and provide an overview of available statutory flexibilities (waivers, consolidating, transfers, etc.).
Wednesday, April 14, 10:00am-11:00am
In this session we will review the top reasons why CFP applications are returned and what you can do to best address AOE feedback. Helpful tips and efficiency suggestions for the field to effectively amend the CFP application will be provided.
CFP Training Fall 2020
CFP Spring 2020 Conference Materials
This session will cover a variety of frequently asked questions from the FY20 application, technical and programmatic updates and new points of interest for the coming fiscal year.
This session will focus on a comparison of Title I, Part A Targeted Assistance versus Schoolwide Programs. Topics will include a detail description, eligibility requirements, and benefits of each program. A comparison of these two programs will aid schools in determining which program the school is eligible for as well as maximizing the services and resources to help ensure that students meet challenging state academic standards.
- Title I, Part A: Targeted Assistance vs. Schoolwide Programs PowerPoint
- Title I Allowable Uses
- Memo: Title I, Part A Supplement Not Supplant
- Department of Education Non-Regulatory Guidance for Schoolwide Program
- Questions & Answers from Title I, Part A: Target Assistance vs. Schoolwide Program Webinar
This session will focus on the Title I, Part A requirements for parent and family engagement, including policies, compacts, annual meetings, and parent involvement activities. It will provide an overview of the allowable uses of the Title I PFE set-aside and multiple resources to create an effective PFE program at the LEA and school level.
- Parent and Family Engagement (PFE) PowerPoint
- Title I, Part A: Parent and Family Engagement Allowable Uses
- Annual Title I, Part A Meeting PowerPoint
- Parent and Family Engagement Guide
- Questions & Answers Title I, Part A: Parent and Family Engagement Webinar
This session will explore writing approvable investments. Topics to be covered include information required for the CFP Team to determine approvability, why it is necessary, how to write a Scope of Work, and options for providing additional documentation to support your investments. We will look at approvable and unapprovable investments together and gain further understanding of the CFP application requirements.
- Writing Approvable Investments PowerPoint
- Writing Approvable CFP Investments
- CFP Application Scope of Work Template
- Questions & Answers from Writing Approvable Investments Webinar
This session will feature a step-by-step, screen-by-screen walk-through of the FY21 CFP application. Guidance will be given to support LEAs in successfully completing each section, and common needs, questions and concerns will be addressed.
- CFP Transferability Letter (September 2019)
- CFP Transfer of Funds Notice Form
- Questions & Answers from FY21 CFP Application Walk-through Webinar
In the spirit of continuous improvement, we will discuss the complexities that some LEAs encountered this year and how to best to get an application and amendment processed in a timely manner, focusing on the essential relationship between the CFP Team Leader and the Business Office. We will also discuss changes to the FY 21 CFP application. This workshop will include a formal presentation on CFP grants management, with ample time for questions.
- CFP Grants Management PowerPoint
- CFP Timeline
- CFP Assurances
- DOE DRAFT Non-Regulatory Guidance for Within-District Allocations
- Questions & Answers from CFP Grants Management Webinar
This session will include select school finance topics including accounting and reporting for Schoolwide Programs and common findings from financial monitoring of Vermont LEAs.
- CFP Consolidated Federal Accounting PowerPoint
- CFP UCOA Object Code Quick Reference
- Handbook for Financial Accounting of Vermont School Systems (Handbook 2)
- Federal Grant Rate Notice FY2021
- Questions & Answers from School Finance: Schoolwide Programs and Financial Monitoring Webinar
This session will focus on facilitating spending of Title IV Part A, a fund that enables innovative programming to address a wide range of student and staff needs. Topics will include the three intents of Title IV, allowable uses under each intent, minimum budgeting requirements, consolidating Title IV funds in a Schoolwide Program pool, using data to support writing approvable investments and addressing common questions from the field.
- Taking Full Advantage of Title IV PowerPoint
- Title IV Allowable Uses
- Questions & Answers Taking Full Advantage of Title IV Webinar
This webinar focuses on reviewing the basics of providing Equitable Services to eligible independent schools. Topics include the responsibilities of the LEA, the process of consultation & documentation, how to calculate Title IA, IIA, IIIA, IVA amounts, and the role of the Ombudsman
For help using the Vermont AOE Grants Management System, email or call the help desk at 802-828-1017
Consolidated Federal Programs Committee of Practitioners
The Committee of Practitioners (COP) is made up of education professionals, school board members, union representatives, state program administrators, and parents. The purpose of the committee is for the Agency of Education to get feedback on draft procedures for the Every Student Succeeds Act funded programs.
Resources for the Consolidated Federal Programs
- Section 267 Joint Agreement
- Allowable Activities for Title I
- Allowable Activities for Title IIA
- Allowable Activities for Title IIIA
- Allowable Activities for Title IVA
- Allowable Activities for McKinney-Vento
- Allowable Uses for Administration
- CFP Timeline
- Definition of "Evidence-Based" in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
- Evidence-Based Coaching Investments
- Evidence-Based Interventionist Investments
- Highly Qualified Paraprofessional Instructions and Definitions
- Writing Approvable CFP Investments
- Schoolwide Plan Checklist
- Title I Parent and Family Engagement Resources
- Title IV, Part A Technical Assistance
- Using Evidence to Strengthen Education Investments - Non Regulatory Guidance (See page 12 for the evidence levels chart)
- Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)
- Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP)
- Equitable Services for Independent Schools
- Preapproval for Investments
- Schoolwide Plan Requirements
- Serving Homeless Children and Youth
- Supplement not Supplant
- Use of Federal Funds for Teacher Stipends
- Use of Title Funds for Salaries
- Use of Title I Funds for Afterschool
- Use of Title I to Purchase Electronic Devices
Consolidated Federal Programs Procedures
- Consequences of Non-Compliance with Requirements of ESSA
- Consolidated Federal Programs Reallocation Procedure
- Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA) Complaint Procedure
- Title I Excess Carryover Waiver Procedure
- Title II Approval Process for Professional Learning that Includes Course Credit
Consolidated Federal Programs Memos
Technical Assistance Alerts
Equitable Services to Independent Schools
Ombudsman for Equitable Services to Independent Schools
Jesse Roy, (802) 828-1390
Grant Monitoring Activities
The CFP team regularly monitors grant funded investments in order to maximize use of resources to benefit student learning and to ensure accountability to the law. See the Annual Program Review Process document for an outline of all of our monitoring activities.
The following documents are used for the CFP comprehensive on-site monitoring reviews:
- Monitoring of Consolidated Federal Programs
- Monitoring Report
- Pre-Visit Documents to Submit to AOE
- Required On-Site Documents
Elementary Secondary Education Act Hearing and Complaint Process
This procedure is to be used for resolving a complaint by any individual or organization that believes that a school, school district, supervisory union, the Vermont Agency of Education, and/or other agency violated the administration of education programs required by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Email Karen Abbott or call (802) 828-4370.