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Special Education-Studies And Evaluations

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Special Education-Studies And Evaluations


Federal Agency




Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 664, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1464.






To assess the progress in implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, including State and local efforts to provide (1) Free appropriate public education to children with disabilities; and (2) early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities who would be at risk of having substantial developmental delays if early intervention services were not provided.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements or Contracts).


Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds must be used to support the objectives of the program.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

A State educational agency, a local educational agency, an institution of higher education, any other public agency, a private non-profit organization, an outlying area, an Indian tribe or tribal organization (as defined under section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act), and a for-profit organization, if the Secretary finds it appropriate in light of the purposes of a particular competition for a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement. The Department may limit the entities eligible for an award to categories of these eligible entities.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities, and other individuals with disabilities, and their families benefit from this program.




Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is covered under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernment Review of Federal programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as a single point of contact in his or her State to be followed in applying for assistance if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedure

The standard application forms as furnished and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program. The program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedure

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts.


Contact the Headquarters Office for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Range is from 90 to 120 days.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Typically from one to five years. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations.


Post Assistance Requirements


Progress reports shall be made on an annual basis. Final reports shall be made at the end of the project period. Cash balance reports will be required annually.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expand less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


As stated in grant or contract terms and conditions, the awardee shall maintain accounts, records, and other evidence pertaining to all costs incurred, revenues or other applicable credits acquired under this grant.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $9,900,000; FY 08 est $9,460,000; and FY 09 est $9,460,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable because the range and number varies by topic.


Program Accomplishments



Regulations, Guidelines and Literature



Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-2500. Contact: David Malouf, E-mail: Telephone: (202) 219-1309.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

84.027, Special Education-Grants To States
84.173, Special Education-Preschool Grants
84.184, Safe And Drug-Free Schools And Communities-National Programs
84.324, Research In Special Education
84.325, Special Education - Personnel Development To Improve Services And Results For Children With Disabilities
84.326, Special Education-Technical Assistance And Dissemination To Improve Services And Results For Children With Disabilities
84.327, Special Education-Technology And Media Services For Individuals With Disabilities
84.328, Special Education-Parent Information Centers


Examples of Funded Projects

The studies supported by this program include the National Study of Alternate Achievement Standards and the National Assessment of Special Education.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for selecting among grant applications will normally be selected from those in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR Part 75.210.


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