The Education Dept. will continue to allow states to use a universal application form, called the Consolidated State Application, for select annual grants programs it provides on an annual basis to state education agencies.
Under the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), ED can offer states the option of submitting consolidated applications to obtain funds for covered programs in which the state participates. The consolidated applications help improve teaching and learning by encouraging greater cross-program coordination, planning, and service delivery. The applications also enhance program integration and provide greater flexibility and less burden for state educational agencies.
The department also will use the performance targets, baseline data and other related information in the consolidated application to continue to assess the degree of progress states make in achieving ESEA goals, according to a Federal Register notice.