Authorizing statute and TEA staff define
eligibility criteria for competitive grants. Eligible applicants must submit
applications that conform to requirements. Peer reviewers review and score the
applications that address statutory requirements, as long as TEA receives them
by the specified deadline. The purpose of the review and scoring process is to
determine the applicant’s ability to implement its proposed program.
The maximum award available determines the number of times peer reviewers
review and score the application. If the maximum award available is less than
$500,000, three peer reviewers review and score each application. TEA averages
the three scores. However, if the maximum award available is greater than
$500,000, five peer reviewers review and score each application. TEA sets aside
the highest and lowest scores and averages the remaining scores.
Reviewers must score all competitive grant
applications against standard review criteria. The standard review criteria
address seven different sections, each with a certain point designation. To
address aspects unique to the program, TEA staff may also add review criteria,
each with a certain point value. As appropriate, TEA may also offer priority
points if applicants meet or exceed expectations defined in the program
guidelines. TEA only awards priority points if the application obtains a certain
percentage of points through the standard and specific review
For detailed information regarding the competitive review process, review the
and Fiscal Guidelines available at the TEA
Grant Opportunities page.