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Compliance Monitoring and Technical Assistance

Federal requirements mandate that State Educational Agencies (SEAs) provide technical assistance to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and juvenile justice facilities, as well as oversee and monitor the implementation of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These responsibilities are some of the primary work of the Office of ESSA-Funded Programs at the New York State Education Department (NYSED or "the Department").

Each year, the Office of ESSA-Funded Programs uses a risk-based approach to select LEAs from across New York State for monitoring reviews to determine compliance with requirements outlined in ESEA and New York State Commissioner’s Regulations. Based on that understanding, staff monitor for compliance and provide technical assistance related to the programmatic and fiscal requirements under the following programs:

  • Title I, Part A
  • Title I, Part C
  • Title I, Part D
  • Title I School Improvement
  • Title II, Part A
  • Title IV, Part A
  • Title V, Part B
  • McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Programs

The Office of ESSA-Funded Programs conducts four types of monitoring of the programs outlined above:


Types of Monitoring


Coordinated Monitoring

Targeted Monitoring




Neglected and Delinquent Facility

# Conducted Per Year






How Conducted

On-Site Visit with

Document Review and Staff Interviews

Remote via Document Review

Remote via Online Survey

On-Site Visit with Document Review and Staff Interviews

# of NYSED Reviewers







While the underlying mandate of monitoring is compliance-focused, the Department recognizes that compliance is the minimum requirement. To expand the focus from compliance to continuous improvement and maximum impact of each monitored program, staff work to engage with LEA and facility representatives throughout the monitoring process to provide targeted technical assistance that address an LEA’s specific programmatic and fiscal implementation needs.