NYSED has released this RFP for over $28 million to improve student’s academic achievement by increasing the capacity of eligible districts and public charter schools “to provide all students with access to a well-rounded education, improve school conditions for student learning, and improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.” Eligible applicants (available here) are public school districts or public charter schools that received Title I, Part A funds for the preceding fiscal year (2016-2017).

Applications may propose projects of up to $8 million, dependent upon student population size. Consortium applications are acceptable. Any application of at least $30,000 or higher

“is required to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment that includes, at a minimum, a focus on the three content areas: (1) providing all students with access to a well-rounded education; (2) a safe, healthy, supportive, and drug-free environment that supports student achievement; and/or (3) increased access to personalized, rigorous learning experiences supported by technology.”

The needs assessment brings into focus key areas of need and technical assistance and improves the identification of the opportunity gaps around which the proposal may be developed. Goals and objectives are required to align with the needs assessment.

Via Evaluation has conducted multiple needs assessments in each of these areas across the state. To be highly competitive for this 15 month grant in an area that will support your students, please call Gary Ciurczak at (716) 362-0627 or email us at info@viaeval.com. We can help you with the Needs Assessment required prior to the February 16, 2018 deadline.