Monitoring For Selected Programs Under No Child Left Behind


The monitoring of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) programs supports the Florida Department of Education's (FDOE's) mission to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient system. It is also required by federal and state legislation. The Uniform Grant Guidance authorizes the FDOE to monitor local and state educational agency functions and activities for programs under the NCLB Act in 2 Code of Federal Regulations Subpart D §200.328 (a) and §200.331 (d). Section 1008.32, Florida Statutes, addresses the responsibility of the State Board of Education for oversight and enforcement relative to compliance.

Annually, all Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) that receive NCLB funds, must conduct self-monitoring activities. The purpose of these activities is to self-evaluate each program’s success in meeting all requirements, determine if further action is needed to be in full compliance, or, in limited cases, identify the criterion item as Not Applicable.

The United States Department of Education has determined that self-monitoring activities alone are insufficient.  In addition to regular self-monitoring, LEA programs may be selected for enhanced self-monitoring, onsite monitoring, or desktop monitoring.  This focused monitoring process affirms that federal programs are implemented with fidelity.  For more information on the types of monitoring, please review the Frequently Asked Questions.

It is important to note that the FDOE reserves the right to withhold funding to, and to implement other more restrictive conditions for subgrant recipients deemed as not implementing state and federal programs with fidelity, as determined through the monitoring process.

In addition to determining compliance with federal and state laws, monitoring gives the FDOE the opportunity to collaborate more effectively with LEAs. The FDOE uses the results of monitoring activities to focus technical assistance on areas where LEAs are most likely to be out of compliance. Monitoring gives the state the opportunity to evaluate its effectiveness in providing the support needed for systemic and systematic program improvement.

Important Links and Tools

2015-2016 LEAs with Programs Designated for Onsite and Desktop Monitoring

LEAs with programs designated for onsite or desktop monitoring should access the online monitoring system and provide responses to all the compliance items (Requirements Met, Further Action Required, or Not Applicable). These LEAs must upload documentation to support compliance.

System improvement plans (SIPs) will be not available to LEAs designated for onsite and desktop monitoring until preliminary reports are released by the FDOE.

2015-2016 LEAs with Programs Designated for Self-Monitoring

LEAs with programs completing self-monitoring activities should access the online monitoring system and provide responses to all compliance items in the work papers (Requirements Met, Further Action Required, or Not Applicable). Self-monitoring LEAs are not required to provide answers to review questions in the online monitoring system. If a self-monitoring LEA determines that further action is needed for one or more compliance items, SIPs will be available after the work papers are submitted in online system.

Once an LEA completes the work papers for all required NCLB programs (onsite, desktop and self), a Self-Evaluation Certification will automatically be generated on the Main menu in the online monitoring system. It must be signed by the Superintendent/designee and returned electronically or sent via mail to FDOE (at the email/address below).

Self-Evaluation Certifications may be emailed to or mailed to the address below.

Bureau of Federal Educational Programs
Florida Department of Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 352
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400

Please direct all program specific questions/concerns (e.g., 2014-2015 monitoring reports or system improvement plans, work papers, monitoring dates and designations) to program staff.