Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
Grants to Massachusetts two-year colleges and school districts to ensure all students are prepared to succeed at the postsecondary level. Programs should close proficiency gaps, help students compete in the global economy, and ensure that students understand the responsibilities and rights of American citizens.
The goal of Massachusetts' public K-12 education system is to prepare all students for success after high school. The five core strategies to accelerate the pace of school improvement are:
1. Strengthening standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment
2. Promoting educator development
3. Supporting social-emotional learning, health, and safety
4. Turning around the state's lowest performing districts and schools
5. Enhancing resource allocation and data use
The purpose of this federal grant is to assist public two-year colleges with programs that meet the definition of career and technical education as contained in the Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 P.L.109-270.
The priority is to improve career and technical education program outcomes on the Perkins IV core indicators of performance set forth in Perkins IV. Note: A minimum of 20% of the allocation funds must be used for secondary-postsecondary linkage activities and services.
The Special Conditions required last year for Receipt of Perkins Funds for Postsecondary Institution will continue in FY19:
In FY18, the Commonwealth received notification from the United States Department of Education that its Perkins funded programming failed to meet the 90% performance threshold for the following Core Indicators for Postsecondary Education for the past three (3) years:
-5P1 Nontraditional Participation
-5P2 Nontraditional Completion
As a result of this failure to meet performance standards, the Department will continue to require Perkins Postsecondary recipients who did not meet the last three consecutive years of 5P1 and/or 5P2 Core Performance Indicators, to adhere to the following conditions to qualify for funding:
1. Specify the categories of students for which there were identifiable disparities or gaps in performance compared to all students or any other categories of students based on your Perkins Core Indicator Data Reports.
2. Identify action steps the postsecondary institution will take to address the failure to meet the 90% performance threshold for all students and how it will address identifiable gaps in performance among categories of students.
3. Provide a timeline with specific action steps about how this year's Perkins funding may be used to increase Nontraditional Participation and/or Nontraditional Completion.
4. Identify the individual(s) responsible in your institution to oversee the successful and timely completion of each action step. This individual(s) will work in collaboration with DESE staff and the DESE Equity Contractor(s).
5. Target funding in this year's grant towards increasing Nontraditional Participation and/or Nontraditional Completion.
6. Review and update any previously submitted improvement plans for 5P1 Nontraditional Participation and/or 5P2 Nontraditional Completion.
7. Participate in any professional development activities provided by the Department to address 5P1 Nontraditional Participation and/or 5P2 Nontraditional Completion.
8. Reports are required on your institution's progress towards improving performance under these two performance categories. Quarterly reports are due on October 19, 2018, January 18, 2019, and April 19, 2019. Please send reports to Marnie Jain.
Uses of Perkins IV Allocation Grant Funds:
The United States Department of Education requires that the combined expenditures proposed for both indirect and direct administrative costs in a Perkins allocation grant when taken together not exceed 5% of the total grant amount. The administrative cost categories (functions that should be considered as a direct administrative cost in calculating the 5% ceiling) are:
-Developing the Local Plan.
-Supervising Local Plan activities.
-Supervising Perkins-funded staff.
-Assuring compliance with applicable Federal laws.
-Supporting and developing local data systems for Perkins. (This does not include data collection Perkins Perkins and analysis.)
Requirements for Uses of Funds:
Funds made available to eligible recipients under this part shall be used to support career and technical education programs that—
(1) strengthen the academic and career and technical skills of students participating in career and technical education programs, by strengthening the academic and career and technical education components of such programs through the integration of academics with career and technical education programs through a coherent sequence of courses, such as career and technical programs of study described in section 122(c) (1) (A), to ensure learning in—
(A) the core academic subjects (as defined in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965); and
(B) career and technical education subjects;
(2) link career and technical education at the secondary level and career and technical education at the postsecondary level, including by offering the relevant elements of not less than 1 career and technical program of study described in section 122(c)(1)(A);
(3) provide students with strong experience in and understanding of all aspects of an industry, which may include work-based learning experiences;
(4) develop, improve, or expand the use of technology in career and technical education, which may include—
(A) training of career and technical education teachers, faculty, and administrators to use technology, which may include distance learning;
(B) providing career and technical education students with the academic and career and technical skills (including the mathematics and science knowledge that provides a strong basis for such skills) that lead to entry into the technology fields; or
(C) encouraging schools to collaborate with technology industries to offer voluntary internships and mentoring programs, including programs that improve the mathematics and science knowledge of students;
(5) provide professional development programs that are consistent with section 122 to secondary and postsecondary teachers, faculty, administrators, and career guidance and academic counselors who are involved in integrated career and technical education programs, including—
(A) in-service and pre-service training on—S. 250—53
(i) effective integration and use of challenging academic and career and technical education provided jointly with academic teachers to the extent practicable;
(ii) effective teaching skills based on research that includes promising practices;
(iii) effective practices to improve parental and community involvement; and
(iv) effective use of scientifically based research and data to improve instruction;
(B) support of education programs for teachers of career and technical education in public schools and other public school personnel who are involved in the direct delivery of educational services to career and technical education students, to ensure that such teachers and personnel stay current with all aspects of an industry;
(C) internship programs that provide relevant business experience; and
(D) programs designed to train teachers specifically in the effective use and application of technology to improve instruction;
(6) develop and implement evaluations of the career and technical education programs carried out with funds under this title, including an assessment of how the needs of special populations are being met; (7) initiate, improve, expand, and modernize quality career and technical education programs, including relevant technology;
(8) provide services and activities that are of sufficient size, scope, and quality to be effective; and
(9) provide activities to prepare special populations, including single parents and displaced homemakers who are enrolled in career and technical education programs, for high skill, high wage, or high demand occupations that will lead to self-sufficiency.
After the nine (9) required uses are appropriately addressed, Perkins allocation grant funds may be used for the following upon approval from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:
Permissive Uses of Perkins Allocation Grant Funds (as outlined in Section 135 of the Act):
(c) Permissive. —Funds made available to an eligible recipient under this title may be used—
(1) to involve parents, businesses, and labor organizations as appropriate, in the design, implementation, and evaluation of career and technical education programs authorized under
this title, including establishing effective programs and procedures to enable informed and effective participation in such programs;
(2) to provide career guidance and academic counseling, which may include information described in section 118, for students participating in career and technical education programs?
(A) improves graduation rates and provides information on postsecondary and career options, including baccalaureate degree programs, for secondary students, which activities may include the use of graduation and career plans; and
(B) provides assistance for postsecondary students, including for adult students who are changing careers or updating skills;
(3) for local education and business (including small business) partnerships, including for—S. 250—54 (A) work-related experiences for students, such as internships, cooperative education, school-based enterprises, entrepreneurship, and job shadowing that are related to career and technical education programs;
(B) adjunct faculty arrangements for qualified industry professionals; and
(C) industry experience for teachers and faculty;
(4) to provide programs for special populations;
(5) to assist career and technical student organizations;
(6) for mentoring and support services;
(7) for leasing, purchasing, upgrading or adapting equipment, including instructional aids and publications (including support for library resources) designed to strengthen and support academic and technical skill achievement;
(8) for teacher preparation programs that address the integration of academic and career and technical education and that assist individuals who are interested in becoming career and technical education teachers and faculty, including individuals with experience in business and industry;
(9) to develop and expand postsecondary program offerings at times and in formats that are accessible for students, including working students, including through the use of distance education;
(10) to develop initiatives that facilitate the transition of sub-baccalaureate career and technical education students into baccalaureate degree programs, including—
(A) articulation agreements between sub-baccalaureate degree granting career and technical education postsecondary educational institutions and baccalaureate degree granting postsecondary educational institutions;
(B) postsecondary dual and concurrent enrollment programs;
(C) academic and financial aid counseling for sub-baccalaureate career and technical education students that informs the students of the opportunities for pursuing a baccalaureate degree and advises the students on how to meet any transfer requirements; and
(D) other initiatives—
(i) to encourage the pursuit of a baccalaureate degree; and
(ii) to overcome barriers to enrollment in and completion of baccalaureate degree programs, including geographic and other barriers affecting rural students and special populations;
(11) to provide activities to support entrepreneurship education and training;
(12) for improving or developing new career and technical education courses, including the development of new proposed career and technical programs of study for consideration by the eligible agency and courses that prepare individuals academically and technically for high skill, high wage, or high demand occupations and dual or concurrent enrollment opportunities by which career and technical education students at the secondary level could obtain postsecondary credit to count towards an associate or baccalaureate degree;
(13) to develop and support small, personalized career-themed learning communities; S. 250—55
(14) to provide support for family and consumer sciences programs;
(15) to provide career and technical education programs for adults and school dropouts to complete the secondary school education, or upgrade the technical skills, of the adults and
(16) to provide assistance to individuals who have participated in services and activities under this Act in continuing their education or training or finding an appropriate job, such as through referral to the system established under section 121 of Public Law 105–220 (29 U.S.C. 2801 et seq.);
(17) to support training and activities (such as mentoring and outreach) in nontraditional fields;
(18) to provide support for training programs in automotive technologies;
(19) to pool a portion of such funds with a portion of funds available to not less than 1 other eligible recipient for innovative initiatives, which may include—
(A) improving the initial preparation and professional development of career and technical education teachers, faculty, administrators, and counselors;
(B) establishing, enhancing, or supporting systems for—
(i) accountability data collection under this Act; or
(ii) reporting data under this Act;
(C) implementing career and technical programs of study described in section 122(c) (1) (A); or
(D) implementing technical assessments; and
(20) to support other career and technical education activities that are consistent with the purpose of this Act.
GrantWatch ID#: 184017
The project duration is upon approval through August 31, 2019.
Applications are accepted by public two-year colleges and school districts.
In order to submit a Perkins IV Title I Local Plan and apply for a postsecondary allocation grant, a public two-year college or school district must have been computed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for an allocation of at least $50,000.
A public two-year college or school district that is computed for a postsecondary allocation of less than $50,000 may form or join a consortium with one or more public two-year colleges and/or school districts and join computed allocations to meet the minimum.
A waiver of the minimum may be granted by the Administrator of the Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education in the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education only if the college or school district is located in a rural, sparsely populated area.
The request for a waiver of the $50,000 minimum must be made in writing to the Administrator of the Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education in the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education by April 15 (this deadline may be waived by State Administrator because of unforeseen events or through special written appeals) for the following school/college year.
Consortium Formation - Postsecondary:
The request to form a consortium must be made in writing to the Administrator of the Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education by April 15 (this deadline may be waived by State Administrator because of unforeseen events or through special written appeals) for the following school/college year. Perkins IV Title I funds provided to a consortium shall be used only for activities and services that are mutually beneficial to all members of the consortium. Funds may not be provided to individual members of the consortium (as a ‘pass-through’) for purposes and programs benefiting one member of the consortium. The consortium shall develop a joint Perkins IV Title I Local Plan and single grant application.
Unallowable Uses of Perkins IV Allocation Grant Funds:
All proposed expenditures of Perkins IV allocation grant funds must be detailed in the Perkins IV Local Plan/Programmatic Amendment and applicable Standard Contract Form and Application for Program
Grants/Amendment, and be approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education prior to implementation. The following list includes, but is not limited to, expenditures that would not be approved. School district, public two-year college, consortium staff are advised to discuss questions related to expenditures with their liaison in the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education - Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education as there are additional expenditures prohibited by federal or state law, regulation or policy.
-Indirect and direct administrative costs that when taken together exceed 5%
-Any expenditure that would supplant local/state funds
-Required programs and services (e.g., new teacher induction program)
-Any expenditure that is not related to improvement of career and technical education programs or improvement of the outcomes for students enrolled in those programs
-Any expenditure for professional development that does not meet the criteria set forth in Section XIII of this Manual. One-day or short-term workshops or conferences without follow-up activities and/or deliverables are not fundable with Perkins IV allocation funds.
-Any unnecessary or unreasonable expenditures
-Any expenditure for entertainment including amusement, diversion, and social activities and any costs directly associated with such costs (such as tickets to shows or sports events, meals, lodging, rentals, transportation, and gratuities)
-Purchase/lease of automobiles
-Any expenditure for promotional items and memorabilia, including jackets, models, gifts, and souvenirs, etc.
-Consumable goods such as paper, printer ink, compressed air/gases
-Support of career/vocational technical student organizations shall not include: lodging, feeding, conveying, or furnishing transportation to conventions; purchase of supplies, jackets, and other effects for students' personal ownership; - cost of non-instructional activities such as athletic, social, or recreational events; - printing and disseminating non-instructional newsletters; purchase of awards for recognition of students, advisors, and other individuals; payment of individual student membership dues
-Any expenditure prohibited by federal or state law, regulation, or policy
-Out-of-state travel (without Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education approval)
The due date is Wednesday, October 31, 2018.
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Fund Codes: 401