Dear State Title I Directors and Federal Liaisons,
As we mentioned on the webinar yesterday on the consolidated State plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) will accept submission of ESEA consolidated State plans or individual program State plans through the Office of Management and Budget’s MAX.gov web-based system.
On March 13, 2017, the Department issued a Revised Consolidated State Plan Template. For additional guidance, please see the revised template, Secretary Devos’ Letter regarding the updated consolidated State plans, and the Fact Sheet, and the webinar slides from March 15, which are all available here.
An SEA must submit its consolidated State plan or individual program State plans by either April 3, 2017, or September 18, 2017. The Department will have a spring and summer peer review window (following each submission deadline). For any program not included in a consolidated State plan, the SEA must submit an individual program State plan that meets the statutory and regulatory requirements of each respective program.
For an SEA’s consolidated State plan to be considered during the spring peer review window, the Department expects that on April 3, 2017, an SEA will either submit a complete consolidated State plan with the Governor’s signature or an indication that the Governor has waived his or her review. The Department recognizes, however, that in some States the Governor may not have time to complete his or her full 30-day review by April 3, 2017. Therefore, to be considered during the spring peer review window a SEA, in this case, must submit its plan to the Governor for review by at least April 3, 2017 and subsequently submit its plan to the Department no later than the end of the 30 day review period or May 3, 2017, whichever is earlier. In this case, the SEA should notify the Deputy Director of the Office of State Support, Roberta Miceli, at Roberta.Miceli@ed.gov by April 3 that the State would like to be considered for the April peer review window and include the date on which the SEA provided its consolidated State plan to the Governor for review.
The Department selected MAX.gov to make the process as streamlined as possible, while also providing a secure environment for submissions. You or your colleagues may already have experience using MAX.gov as many Federal agencies and offices at the Department use MAX.gov.
The Department will grant permission to three users from each State to access the State plan page on MAX.gov. States must use MAX.gov to upload the final consolidated State plan or the final individual program State plans, and if necessary following peer review, final revised consolidated or individual State plans. Please see the attached instructions for uploading your State plans.
Requested Action from SEAs
To gain permission to access the State plan page on MAX.gov for your State’s three users, please identify your three users by:
- Coordinating within your SEA to identify the three users who will have permission to upload the final consolidated State plan or the final individual program State plans; and
- Having one person email the names and email addresses for the three users to firstname.lastname@example.org. We ask that you have only one person submit the information for the three individuals who will access the system. Please include your State name in the subject line of the email (e.g., Subject: Request for sponsorship for MAX.gov for Texas).
Each of the three State users will receive an email that contains a secure link to complete his or her registration on the MAX.gov website.
- Each user should follow the link to connect to the MAX registration website;
- Review the User and Non-Disclosure Agreement; and
- Complete the requested information and press the SUBMIT button on the website to accept the user agreement.
For assistance gaining permission for the State plan page on MAX.gov, contact email@example.com.
Please contact your State’s OSS program officers at OSS.[State]@ed.gov (e.g., OSS.SouthCarolina@ed.gov) if you have any additional questions.
Office of State Support
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