North Dakota's Consolidated Application for Federal Title Funds allows school districts to submit one comprehensive application for funding for the following federal programs:
Title I Part A
- Title II Part A
- Title III Part A
- Title IV Part A
Each year, districts must submit this application to the NDDPI to receive federal funds. The district's application provides a plan for improving student achievement. This application is completed and submitted electronically through the State Automated Reporting System (STARS). The due date is always the last Friday in August. Each school board must appoint an authorized representative for each of the programs funded in the application and must approve the application prior to its submission to the NDDPI.
The department has identified a list of expert staff within the NDDPI to oversee, review, and approve program specific sections of the consolidated application in their area of expertise. This contact list is on Page 33 of the Federal Title Programs Consolidated Application Guidance. Please use this list to help determine the appropriate staff to contact with any questions you may have.
Important Update – 2020-2021 Reallocated Funds (June 24, 2020)
Historically, when the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) had returned or excess Title I or Title II funds, a competitive application process was used to redistribute these funds. This was referred to as the application for Reallocated Funds which occurred in the fall of each year.
In Spring 2020, department staff learned of a flexibility to distribute these funds. The new process allows for funds to be distributed on a more equitable basis, provides funds proportional to all participating districts, and reduces the level of burden and paperwork.
- Title I: Under ESEA section 1126(c), criteria for how states redistribute funds for reallocation are outlined. The department has elected to proportionally distribute these funds to all participating Title I districts using the Title I formula.
- Title II: ESEA statute is silent on this, but the U.S. Department of Education (USED) has allowed several options for states to consider. The department has elected to proportionally distribute these funds to all participating Title II districts using the Title II formula.
In summary, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, the department will no longer be collecting reallocated funds applications. Rather, an equitable amount will be distributed in the 2020-2021 final allocation process based on the Title I and Title II formula.
This process is the most streamlined to provide districts the opportunity to use this federal funding to complement their current Title I and II programming.
It is important to remember, all federal funds must be obligated and expended on a timely basis. Unobligated funds that haven’t been drawn down by the end of the period of availability will be returned to the USED. Although not required, the NDDPI highly recommends submitting request for funds on a semi-annual basis (at minimum).