Office of Federal Programs

Office of Federal Programs

Welcome To The Office of Federal Programs

The Office of Federal Programs is focused on federal grant program management and issues, with direct responsibility for managing the Title I Non-Public Programs function.  The Executive Director of Federal Programs works closely with internal and external federal program managers and coordinates activities with the other offices within OGDC to address program specific and federal cross-cutting policy and program issues, compliance in the first instance, and to define and develop program policy options for senior management. 

Specifically related to the District's largest grant - Title I - the information below is designed to aid those seeking information on the following programs and services:


NEW - SDP Guide to Non-Public School Programs.  This new guide describes the basis for the non-public school equitable share of SDP federal grant funds, the calculation of that share, the roles and responsibilites of consultation, and a general timeline of the consultation, equitable share, and service delivery process.


NEW - U.S. Department of Education (USDE) Approves the Pennsylvania Department of Education's (PDE) No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Waiver Request

On August 20, 2013, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania announced that USDE approved its NCLB waiver request.  The waiver provisions eliminate Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and the associated school improvement designations.  As a direct result, the programs tied to AYP and school improvement designations, specifically Supplemental Educational Services (SES) and NCLB School Choice no longer have to be offered.  In exchange for the NCLB Wavier, the PDE had to develop an USDE-approved

1) School Performance Profile with associated scores to designate schools as Priority, Focus and Reward, and

2) Education Effectiveness System

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's press release regarding the NCLB waiver request is available here.

As a result of the NCLB Waiver, the School District of Philadelphia will no longer implement SES and NCLB School Choice programs.