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Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program Renewability Awards

21st century community learning centers

Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program

Title IV, Part B, of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

 

Background

Renewability awards are an allowable option per ESSA for states to extend the award period for successful current sub-grantees. This time-limited award allows for successful projects to continue operations beyond the five year initial award if able to demonstrate a history of success.

ESSA SEC. 4204: ‘‘(j) RENEWABILITY OF AWARDS.—A State educational agency may renew a subgrant provided under this part to an eligible entity, based on the eligible entity’s performance during the preceding subgrant period.”

General Conditions of Renewability Awards

  • Projects recommended for a renewability award are expected to provide the same scope of services described within the original competitive application and any DPI-approved amendments made to the original proposal.
  • Awards are for two years.
  • Awards are for the current award amount.

Process and Criteria

Eligible sub-grantees were invited to submit for consideration in December of 2019. Upon submission, eligible sub-grantees were reviewed by DPI according to the following criteria.

The DPI first considered whether each grantee met eligibility requirements:

  1. Percentage of enrolled students identified as economically disadvantaged: primary site must be 40% or more as listed on the Wisconsin Information System for Education Data Dashboard (WISEdash) for 2019 - 2020
  2. Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) or Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) school or identified by the local education agency (LEA) as in need of services: must be TSI, CSI, or LEA identified for 2020 - 2021

In addition to eligibility, the DPI reviewed the following criteria using multiple years of Yearly Progress Report (YPR) data, mid-year data submitted in January 2020, and compliance history via on-site monitoring reports. Below represents the elements reviewed.

 

Feeder Schools Status (if applicable)

 
  • Benchmark: More than 50 percent of program participants must come from the primary school served by the grant
  • Evidence: Reviewed 2018 - 2019 YPR
    • Follow-up: If requirement was not met, current compliance verified.

Regular Attendees

 
  • Benchmark: Must be 50 or more. Required criteria not met if most recent year indicated out of compliance status AND had a history of non-compliance (at least 2 years)
  • Evidence: 2017 - 2018 and 2018 - 2019 YPR
  • Evidence : 2019 - 2020 Mid-Year Report

Hours

 
  • Benchmark: Must be 10 hours or more per week
  • Evidence: 2018 - 2019 YPR
  • Evidence: 2019 - 2020 Mid-Year Report

Days

 
  • Benchmark: Must be 115 days or more
  • Evidence: 2018 - 2019 YPR
  • Evidence: 2019 - 2020 Mid-Year Report

Community Partnerships

 
  • Benchmark: Must have evidence of at least one
  • Evidence: 2018 - 2019 YPR
    • If requirement was not met, current compliance verified.

Funding Coordination

 
  • Benchmark: Must coordinate with at least one
  • Evidence: 2018 - 2019 YPR
    • If requirement was not met, current compliance verified.

Sustainability

 
  • Benchmark: Must have evidence of and demonstrate progress on sustainability plan
  • Evidence: 2018 - 2019 YPR
    • If requirement was not met, current compliance verified.

Family Engagement

 
  • Benchmark: Must have offered at least one event per school year
  • Evidence: 2018 - 2019 YPR
    • If requirement was not met, current compliance verified.

Academic Enrichment

 
  • Benchmark: Must have self-reported that academic enrichment was provided for all participants
  • Evidence: 2018 - 2019 YPR
    • If a requirement was not met, current compliance verified.

Progress towards addressing corrective action items from past on-site monitoring visits.

 
  • Benchmark: Progress reports on steps taken to address corrective action, including any necessary supportive documentation

Rating

In order to determine an overall rating for each grantee to be considered for renewability, the grantee first has to meet eligibility requirements. In addition to eligibility, one point will be assigned to each applicable criteria as listed above for a possible total number of 10 points if the grantee served additional schools, or 9 points if no additional schools were served. Grantees that received a rating of exceptional or proficient will be eligible for a renewability award for 2020 - 2022. Grantees that receive a rating of minimal or lower will not be eligible a renewability award.

  • 9 - 10 points, Exceptional: Grantee’s performance during the preceding subgrant period(s) examined was without concern
  • 7 - 8 points, Proficient: Grantee’s performance during the preceding subgrant period(s) examined was satisfactory
  • 0 - 6 points, Minimal: Grantee’s performance during the preceding subgrant period(s) examined was unsatisfactory
For questions about this information, contact Alison Wineberg (608) 267-3751