NCLB LEA Maintenance of Effort

Maintenance of effort (MOE) requires local educational agencies (LEAs) to maintain their state and local expenditures at a specified level from one fiscal year to the next.  If your organization receives a federal grant awarded under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), the MOE requirement specifies that you must spend at least 90% of state and local funds for free public education as you spent in the previous fiscal year. You must comply with MOE requirements in order to receive your full allocation for NCLB covered programs. A list of NCLB covered programs is available in the guidance handbook listed below.

TEA Guidance

The following sections provide TEA Guidance about No Child Left Behind and Maintenance of Effort.


The NCLB LEA Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Guidance Handbook (PDF 557 KB) provides guidance on how to interpret and determine your organization's compliance with the NCLB LEA MOE requirement.

    NCLB LEA MOE Calculation Tool

    The NCLB LEA MOE Calculation Tool workbook will help your organization determine its compliance with the MOE requirement.

    The calculation provides an estimate only and does not duplicate TEA's exact calculation process. The results of TEA's calculation will be the basis of the final MOE determination.

    Federal Guidance

    Use the links listed below to view the federal regulations concerning No Child Left Behind and Maintenance of Effort.

    Additional guidance will be posted on this page as it becomes available. If you would like to be notified when updates occur, please subscribe to the Grants Administration and Federal Program Compliance listserv.