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Exploration Supports - Accountability Pathways Planning

The Accountability Pathways Planning grant is intended to support Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and schools nearing the end of the Accountability Clock to explore pathway options, take thoughtful action, and increase readiness for discussions with the State Board of Education.

Eligible Applicants and Prioritization

LEAs are eligible to apply on behalf of schools with the following eligibility criteria:

  • A school that is in Year 3, 4 or 5 of Priority Improvement or Turnaround AND is identified for Comprehensive Support (CS) or Targeted Support (TS)
  • An LEA that is in Year 3, 4 or 5 of Priority Improvement or Turnaround AND has schools that are identified for CS or TS; if the LEA is awarded a grant, funds can only be used at those schools that are identified for CS TS

LEAs who have not begun to plan for the end of the Accountability Clock or who are in the early stages of pathway planning are encouraged to apply.

Available Funds

Awards range from $30,000 for single school applications to $100,000 for LEA applications.

Allowable Use of Funds

Funding from this opportunity may be used for:

  • Consulting and technical assistance for pathway planning
  • Visiting other sites with successful or promising implementation of a pathway option
  • Diagnostic reviews for the purpose of identifying systemic issues and determining pathway fit
  • Events, facilitated meetings, or community gatherings
  • Translation services
  • Stipends for teachers to attend pathway planning activities
  • Travel to CDE-led convenings or meetings regarding grant activities and pathway planning
  • Technical assistance on strategic resource allocation for pathway planning

Note: These funds are not intended to pay third party vendors/providers for implementation of the plan or administration of the grant. This opportunity is intended to be a collaborative project in which LEAs develop the application and commit to the activities of the grant.

Funds from this opportunity must be used to supplement and not supplant any federal, state, and local funds currently being used to provide activities. There will be no carryover of funds. Unobligated funds at the end of the fiscal year will be returned to the CDE to be redistributed.

Evaluation and Reporting

Each LEA that receives an Accountability Pathways Planning grant is required to report, at a minimum, the following information to CDE:

  • An end-of-grant report that includes:
    • A list of program activities that were implemented during the grant period;
    • A description of lessons learned from grant activities;
    • An overview of the identified pathway and the plan for implementing the pathway;
    • An assessment of the process of developing the pathway plan in terms of challenges and successes; and
    • A reflection on the level of satisfaction with the supports received during this process.
  • An Annual Financial Report (AFR).

In addition, the LEA will be expected to present their pathway plan (developed with the support of CDE staff) to the State Board of Education prior to any end-of-clock statutory deadlines, if the school or LEA remains on the Accountability Clock.

Program Assurances

LEA/Administrative Unit Commitments

  • Identify a point person with decision-making authority who will lead the planning process for the school(s) being served by the grant. This person must be an LEA employee that sits on the Superintendent’s leadership team and has the authority to work with the local school board.

School Leadership Commitments

  • School leader will participate on the LEA “team” in all grant activities
  • School leadership team and staff representatives attend events, meetings, and community gatherings
  • School leader collaborates with LEA and CDE on developing a timeline for pathway planning and implementation

For More Information Contact

Brenda Bautsch
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