May 29, 2018
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
Data Collection: General
Application of Assurances (GAA), Updated for ESSA
Note: Updated to include minor changes to the instructions for opening the documents.
for federal grants administered by TEA are required to complete and submit the new
General Application of Assurances (GAA), updated to reflect statutory changes
under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Before TEA can issue a Notice of Grant Award (NOGA), the grant
applicant must submit a completed GAA. Failure to respond to this request
may result in a referral to the agency’s risk assessment for federal
monitoring, which increases your likelihood of being selected for in-depth
TEA has updated
the GAA to reflect the following requirements:
Any applicant, other than a
state educational agency that submits a plan or application under this chapter,
shall have on file with the state educational agency a single set of
assurances, applicable to each program for which a plan or application is
submitted. (United States Code Annotated, Title 20, Chapter 70,
Subchapter IX, Part C, Section 7846, and Public Law 114-95, ESSA, Title
VIII, Part C, Section 8306)
Completing the GAA
The GAA is available for download and submission in the
secure GFFC Reports and Data Collections application, accessible through TEAL.
To download the GAA form for completion, follow these steps:
- Log in to TEAL.
- Select “GFFC Reports and Data Collections.”
- Select “Download Response Templates.”
- Select “General Application of Assurances” from
the template list.
- Open the form and save to your computer.
- Type the required input into each field.
Signing and Certifying the GAA
The signature field of the GAA will accept an Adobe Digital
ID. You may also print the completed form, sign by hand, and scan the signed
form for upload.
Submitting the GAA
Once you complete
the GAA, follow these steps to submit the form to TEA:
- Log in to TEAL.
Select “GFFC Reports and Data Collections.”
- Select “Upload Response Documents.”
- Select the “General Application of Assurances” from
the Response Template Title drop-down menu.
- Select school year “2018-2019” from the
- Select “Response Document” from the Response Doc
Type drop-down list.
- Browse for and select the document to be
- Select “Upload Document.”
Email any questions about the GAA to TEAExpenditures@tea.texas.gov.
Yolanda Cantu, Senior Director
Grants Administration Division