Office of Accountability

Questions and Answers from the DCIP and SCEPs Allowable Expenses Explored Webinar 10/17/12

Topics: General Questions|School Improvement Allowable Expenditures|
Diagnostic Tool|Parent Involvement/Parent Engagement

General Questions:

Q-1.  Will this powerpoint be archived and available?

A-1: Yes, it is available at:
http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/documents/AllowableSchoolImprovementv3.pdf

School Improvement Allowable Expenditures:

Q-1:  Please define NYSED Approved Professional Development referenced   under Section B?  Will a list of opportunities be made available?

A-1: NYSED approved professional development is not referenced in the List of Allowable Activities for Improvement.  New York State sponsored professional development, as referenced in the list, includes professional development that is available in the Statewide Professional Development Platform (engageny.org) and Technical Assistance Centers (TACs).

Q-2:  Can Title I set-aside be used for internally developed tutoring programs - not using SES providers?

A-2: Title I monies can be used to support Expanded Learning Time programs.  Please note the school improvement set-aside is not specific to Title I funds. Multiple fund sources can be used to accommodate the requirement.

Q-3:  Will there be a list of NYSED Approved Professional Development?

A-3: No.

Q-4:  Can a district use Title I set-aside funding for PD activities or does all PD expenditures come just from Title IIA?

A-4: If the professional development is for Title I purposes then it can be funded from Title I monies.  Please note the school improvement set-aside is not specific to Title I funds. Multiple fund sources can be used to accommodate the requirement.

Q-5:  What type of documentation is needed for approval Professional Development if Network Teams do not offer the type of training needed? For example, if a district is in need of training in working with economically disadvantaged students and behavior management issues, what do we need to provide to the Title 1 office?

A-5: Evidence demonstrating that the professional development is scientifically based is required.

Q-6:  Can Title I set-aside funds be used for PD needs to implement the DCIP and SCEPs?

A-6: If the professional development is for Title I purposes then it can be funded from Title I monies.  Please note the school improvement set-aside is not specific to Title I funds. Multiple fund sources can be used to accommodate the requirement.

Q-7:  The document entitled, "List of allowable activities for improvement Set-Aside Requirement" it notes Title II ONLY after many of the state sponsored activities. So...we can not use Title I for these?

A-7: That is correct.

Q-8:  What menu option can be used for PD needs for using Title I Set-Aside funds?

A-8: If the professional development is for Title I purposes then it can be funded from Title I monies.  Please note the school improvement set-aside is not specific to Title I funds. Multiple fund sources can be used to accommodate the requirement.

Q-9:  If the needs assessment and data show schools need PD for implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), what menu option is acceptable so that Title I set-aside funds can be used?

A-9: The school improvement set-aside is not specific to Title I funds. Multiple fund sources can be used to accommodate the requirement.  If the needs assessment and data show schools need PD for implementing the CCSS then the appropriate funding stream should be matched to accommodate this need.

Q-10:  So the set-aside calculation from the Title grants is a 'figure' that we need to use for school improvement and the funds don't necessarily need to be taken from the Title funds. Is that accurate?

A-10: Yes, that is accurate.

Q-11:  So, we did not have to set aside 15% out of Title I, but rather we need to spend an amount equal to 15% of our Title I funding on Improvement efforts. Is this correct?

A-11: Yes, the 15% can be generated from Federal, State, or local funds.

Q-12:  Regarding Section C: Data Systems - can web based data management systems be purchased?

A-12: No

Diagnostic Tool:

Related websites:
http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/DiagnosticTool.html

http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/documents/FieldMemotoFocusDistricts091812.pdf

Q-1: When and where can we find more specific information on the November training?
A-1: The information has been posted at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/diagnostic-tool-institute/home.html

Q-2:  When do we need to identify district and BOCES staff who will be attending the November training?

A-2: Registration information may be located at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/diagnostic-tool-institute/registration.html

Parent Involvement / Parent Engagement:

Q-1:  I tried to access contrast document for Parent Involvement versus Parent Engagement as referenced in the Oct 2 webinar, but information is not accessible. Can you please re-open the documents in that webinar? Thanks in advance for your anticipated support and cooperation.

A-1: The information is now available.
http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/documents/ESEAWebinarOct22012.pdf

Q-2:  Where can I find the specific definition for Parent Involvement and a specific definition for Parent Engagement?

A-2: Both definitions are in the DCIP/SCEP templates located at:  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/consolidatedappupdate/1213/DCIPSCEPFINAL.doc and Field Guidance Parent Engagement Memo linked at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/documents/ParentEngagementMemo101712.pdf

Q-3:  Is there a similar list of possible Allowable activities for the set-aside funds for Parent Involvement, as it is for Parent Engagement in the packet?

A-3: Yes, please see the 10/2/2012 DCIP/SCEP Webinar linked at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/documents/ESEAWebinarOct22012.pdf

 

Additional questions related to training and future NYSED activities will be added as soon as more information is available.  Please check back for updates.

Last Updated: October 25, 2012