Monitoring & Compliance
The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) requires the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) to monitor the implementation of program requirements and the expenditure of federal funds. Monitoring of federal programs at the local level ensures that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education. Monitoring emphasizes accountability for using federal resources wisely. Monitoring allows the MDE to provide targeted support to the LEAs to achieve high quality implementation of educational programs utilizing the LEA's federal allocations. The MDE's monitoring process for federal programs administered by the Office of Federal Programs consists of:
- Risk analysis;
- Monitoring expenditures;
- Sing audits;
- Self-assessments; and
- On-site programmatic monitoring.
21st Century Community Learning Centers
The Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program is to provide opportunities or communities to establish or expand activities in community learning centers that:
- provide academic enrichment opportunities for children, particularly for students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, to meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects
- offer students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs, and
- offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.
These centers can operate before, during, or after school or any time the regular school day is not in session. Any public or private organization is eligible to apply for 21st CCLC grant. Mississippi funds programs for three years on a degrading scale formula contingent upon proper implementation of the proposed project, completion and submission of all required documentation and future congressional appropriations.