Maintenance of State Financial Support (MFS) Toolkit
Developed by CIFR, the Maintenance of State Financial Support (MFS) Toolkit contains four tools to help state educational agencies (SEAs) with MFS: the Quick Reference Guide (QRG), the Funding Flow Ideograph Tool (FFIT), the Timeline Development Tool (TDT), and the Data Collection and Reporting Tool (DCRT). Together, these tools may be used by states to help key stakeholders better understand the MFS requirements; standardize state MFS data collection and reporting processes; and support the submission of high-quality MFS data.
In addition to the tools in the MFS toolkit, CIFR’s practice guide for developing MFS procedures also supports consistent implementation and high-quality data.
Quick Reference Guide
Understand the basics of MFS requirements stipulated in the IDEA.
Funding Flow Ideograph Tool
Create a graphic description of your state’s fiscal support system.
Timeline Development Tool
Create a timeline and document your process for collecting MFS data.
Data Collection and
Download the entire Data Collection and Reporting Tool (DCRT). Alternatively, you can download the individual components:
download Letter to Other State Agencies
Customize this letter to request MFS data from other state agencies.
- downloadData Entry Form Customize this form for other state agencies to report MFS data.
- downloadLetter to Morton Include this February 2011 letter from OSERS regarding “double counting” of matching funds to assist other state agencies in reporting their data. This download includes both a scanned copy of the OSERS letter and an accessible version.
Enter financial data from the SEA and other state agencies to ensure MFS reporting requirements are met. Detailed instructions for the tool are included.
download MFS Calculation
Use this checklist to ensure that your MFS calculation is complete.
download DCRT Description
Read a one-page Word document explaining the tool’s purpose, intended audience, and how the tool can be used.
download Sample DCRT
View a model DCRT with sample data as an example to learn how to use the tool for your own state.
Please note that some of these resources may not be fully 508 compliant for accessibility. If you need assistance with the use of any of these resources, please contact us.