States should use implementation of ESSA to ensure state policies and practices on federal funds align with the state vision and priorities.
Each state COULD
Use this opportunity to evaluate current grants management policies and practices.
Consider modifications to state policies and practices on federal funds to better align to state policy objectives.
Leverage state oversight processes (such as application requirements, technical assistance, and monitoring) to promote better student outcomes.
Determine if there are opportunities to reduce paperwork/administrative burdens (by streamlining applications, combining federal and state planning requirements, coordinating monitoring, etc.).
Each state MUST:
- Learn and implement requirements of new funding streams and new fiscal and grants management requirements (i.e. Supplement not Supplant).
- Allocate federal funds consistent with ESSA requirements.
- Exercise state oversight authority consistent with ESSA and federal Uniform Grant Guidance (UGG) regulations
- Ensure relevant state regulations (if any) and policies are consistent with federal requirements under ESSA.