Agenda Item #20
FLDOE Project Application for Access to the Common Core for Exceptional Student Success (ACCESS) 2012-2013 Grant
Brevard Public Schools has once again been asked to serve as the fiscal agent for a discretionary Florida Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS) grant totaling $600,000. Due to the time restraints associated with the Request for Application (RFA), this item will be submitted once for consent on September 25, 2012.
Florida is a member of the National Center and State Collaborative Project General Supervision Enhancement Grant (NCSC GSEG) funded through the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs. The focus of this consortium is the development of a common alternate assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This consortium also focuses on evidence-based instructional strategies and supports that align to the CCSS.
The Access to the Common Core for Exceptional Student Success (ACCESS) Project supports statewide professional development for teachers in understanding the CCSS as they apply to students with significant cognitive disabilities, effective instructional planning, supports and strategies.
Understanding the critical need for identification and development of communication strategies for this population of children, the project supports the use of communication triage for children, particularly those in grades PK-2. The ACCESS project supports teachers in content areas not covered by the CCSS such as science and social studies. The project also supports alternate assessment activities, as needed, that align instruction and assessment.
There are no costs associated with this grant for the school district. Indirect costs in the amount of $26,940 will be paid to the district to house the grant.
Project initiatives include:
Grant approval for Brevard Public Schools to apply for the Access to Common Core for Exceptional Student Success (ACCESS) Project grant.
Consent w/o Information - 9/25/2012
Authority for Action
Public Law 108-446, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA), part B, Section 611, CFDA 84.027A
Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
Source of Funding
Special Revenue - Federal
Randy LaRusso, Teacher on Special Assignment, 242-6400, ext. 5115
Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent, 633-1000, ext. 300
Attachment: Project Application for ACCESS.pdf