Competitive Review Process

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 criteria.

For detailed information regarding the competitive review process, review the General and Fiscal Guidelines available at the TEA Grant Opportunities page.