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considered an LEA under State law and CFR part 79. One of the objectives of the that is acting on behalf of an individual
regulations, that is acting on behalf of an Executive order is to foster an school or schools that meets the poverty
individual school or schools that meets intergovernmental partnership and criterion with respect to children from
the poverty criterion with respect to strengthened federalism. The Executive low-income families that is specified in
children from low-income families that order relies on processes developed by the application requirement section
is specified in the application State and local governments for elsewhere in this notice, and that must
requirement elsewhere in this notice, coordination and review of proposed work in partnership with one or more of
and that must work in partnership with Federal financial assistance. the following—
one or more of the following— This document provides early • A State or local non-profit or
(1) A State or local non-profit or notification of our specific plans and governmental arts organization;
governmental arts organization; action for this program. • A State educational agency (SEA) or
(2) A State educational agency (SEA) regional educational service agency;
Electronic Access to This Document
or regional educational service agency; • An institution of higher education;
(3) An institution of higher education; You may view this document, as well or
or as all other Department of Education • A public or private agency,
(4) A public or private agency, documents published in the Federal institution, or organization, including a
institution, or organization, including a Register, in text or Adobe Portable museum, an arts education association,
museum, an arts education association, Document Format (PDF) on the Internet a library, a theater, or a community- or
a library, a theater, or a community-or at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/ faith-based organization.
faith-based organization. news/fedregister. Estimated Available Funds:
Definitions: As used in this notice— To use PDF you must have Adobe $6,262,000. Contingent upon the
Arts includes music, dance, theater, Acrobat Reader, which is available free availability of funds and quality of
media arts, and visual arts, including at this site. If you have questions about applications, we may make additional
folk arts. using PDF, call the U.S. Government awards in FY 2006 from the list of
Arts educator means a teacher who Printing Office (GPO) toll free, at 1–888– unfunded applications from this
works in music, dance, theater, media 293–6498; or in the Washington, DC, competition.
arts, or visual arts, including folk arts. area at (202) 512–1530. Estimated Range of Awards:
Integrate means to strengthen (i) the Note: The official version of this document $100,000–$350,000 for the first year of
use of high-quality arts instruction is the document published in the Federal the project. Funding for the second and
within other academic content areas, Register. Free Internet access to the official third years is subject to the availability
and (ii) the place of the arts as a core edition of the Federal Register and the Code of funds and the approval of
academic subject in the school of Federal Regulations is available on GPO continuation awards (see 34 CFR
curriculum. Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/ 75.253).
index.html.
Executive Order 12866 Estimated Average Size of Awards:
(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance $250,480.
This notice of final priority, Number 84.351C Professional Development Estimated Number of Awards: 25.
requirements, and definitions has been for Arts Educators)
reviewed in accordance with Executive Note: The Department is not bound by any
Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 7271. estimates in this notice.
Order 12866. Under the terms of the
Dated: March 24, 2005. Project Period: Up to 36 months.
order, we have assessed the potential
costs and benefits of this regulatory Michael J. Petrilli, Full Text of Announcement
action. Acting Assistant Deputy Secretary for
Innovation and Improvement. I. Funding Opportunity Description
The potential costs associated with
the notice of final priority, [FR Doc. 05–6264 Filed 3–29–05; 8:45 am] Purpose of Program: This program
requirements, and definitions are those BILLING CODE 4000–01–P supports the implementation of high-
resulting from statutory requirements quality professional development model
and those we have determined as programs in elementary and secondary
necessary for administering this DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION education for music, dance, drama,
program effectively and efficiently. media arts, or visual arts, including folk
In assessing the potential costs and Office of Innovation and Improvement; arts, educators and other arts
benefits—both quantitative and Overview Information; Professional instructional staff of kindergarten
qualitative—of this notice of final Development for Arts Educators; through grade 12 (K–12) students in
priority, requirements, and definitions, Notice Inviting Applications for New high-poverty schools. The purpose of
we have determined that the benefits of Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 this program is to strengthen standards-
the priority, requirements, and based arts education programs and to
definitions justify the costs. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance help ensure that all students meet
(CFDA) Number: 84.351C. challenging State academic content
We also have determined that this
regulatory action does not unduly DATES: Applications Available: March standards and challenging State student
interfere with State, local, and tribal 30, 2005. academic achievement standards in the
governments in the exercise of their Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: arts.
governmental functions. April 29, 2005. Priority: This priority is from the
We fully discussed the costs and Deadline for Transmittal of notice of final priority, requirements,
benefits of this regulatory action in the Applications: May 20, 2005. and definitions for this program,
notice of proposed priority, Deadline for Intergovernmental published elsewhere in this issue of the
requirements, and definitions. Review: July 19, 2005. Federal Register.
Eligible Applicants: A local Absolute Priority: For FY 2005 and
Intergovernmental Review educational agency (LEA), which may any subsequent year in which we make
This program is subject to Executive be a charter school that is considered an awards on the basis of the list of
Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 LEA under State law and regulations, unfunded applications from this

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competition, this priority is an absolute Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 they decide to apply, applicants are
priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we apply to institutions of higher education urged to contact the ED Indirect Cost
consider only applications that meet only. Group at (202) 377–3833 for guidance
this priority. about obtaining a restricted indirect cost
This priority is: II. Award Information rate to use on the Budget Information
This priority supports professional Type of Award: Discretionary grants. form (ED Form 524) included with the
development programs for K–12 arts Estimated Available Funds: application package.
educators and other instructional staff $6,262,000. Contingent upon the 3. Coordination Requirement: Under
that use innovative instructional availability of funds and quality of section 5551(f)(1) of the ESEA, the
methods and current knowledge from applications, we may make additional Secretary requires that each entity
education research and focus on— awards in FY 2006 from the list of funded under this program coordinate,
(1) The development, enhancement, unfunded applications from this to the extent practicable, each project or
or expansion of standards-based arts competition. program carried out through its grant
education programs; or Estimated Range of Awards: with appropriate activities of public or
(2) The integration of standards-based $100,000-$350,000 for the first year of private cultural agencies, institutions,
arts instruction with other core the project. Funding for the second and and organizations, such as museums,
academic area content. third years is subject to the availability arts education associations, libraries,
In order to meet this priority, an of funds and the approval of and theaters.
applicant must demonstrate that the continuation awards (see 34 CFR IV. Application and Submission
project for which it seeks funding is 75.253). Information
linked to State and national standards Estimated Average Size of Awards:
intended to enable all students to meet $250,480. 1. Address To Request Application
challenging expectations, and to Estimated Number of Awards: 25. Package: You may obtain an application
improving student and school package via Internet or from the ED
Note: The Department is not bound by any
performance. estimates in this notice. Publications Center (ED Pubs). To
Application Requirement: To be obtain a copy via Internet use the
Project Period: Up to 36 months. following address: http://www.ed.gov/
eligible for Professional Development
for Arts Educators Program funds, III. Eligibility Information fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.
To obtain a copy from ED Pubs, write
applicants also must propose to carry 1. Eligible Applicants: An LEA, which or call the following: Education
out professional development programs may be a charter school that is Publications Center (ED Pubs), P.O. Box
for arts educators and other considered an LEA under State law and 1398, Jessup, MD 20794–1398.
instructional staff of K–12 low-income regulations, that is acting on behalf of an Telephone (toll free): 1–877–433–7827.
children and youth by implementing individual school or schools that meets FAX: (301) 470–1244. If you use a
projects in schools in which 50 percent the poverty criterion with respect to telecommunications device for the deaf
or more of the children enrolled are children from low-income families that (TDD), you may call (toll free): 1–877–
from low-income families (based on the is specified in the application 576–7734.
poverty criteria in Title I, Section requirement section elsewhere in this You may also contact ED Pubs at its
1113(a)(5) of the Elementary and notice, and that must work in Web site: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/
Secondary Education Act of 1965, as partnership with one or more of the edpubs.html or you may contact ED
amended by the No Child Left Behind following— Pubs at its e-mail address:
Act of 2001 (ESEA)). • A State or local non-profit or edpubs@inet.ed.gov.
Definitions: governmental arts organization; If you request an application from ED
For the purpose of this program— • A State educational agency (SEA) or Pubs, be sure to identify this
Arts include music, dance, theater, regional educational service agency; competition as follows: CFDA number
media arts, and visual arts, including • An institution of higher education; 84.351C.
folk arts. or Individuals with disabilities may
Arts educator means a teacher who • A public or private agency, obtain a copy of the application package
works with music, dance, theater, media institution, or organization, including a in an alternative format (e.g., Braille,
arts, or visual arts, including folk arts. museum, an arts education association, large print, audiotape, or computer
Integrate means to strengthen (i) the a library, a theater, or a community- or diskette) by contacting the program
use of high-quality arts instruction faith-based organization. contact person listed in section VII of
within other academic content areas, 2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This this notice.
and (ii) the place of the arts as a core program does not involve cost sharing 2. Content and Form of Application
academic subject in the school or matching but does involve Submission: Requirements concerning
curriculum. supplement-not-supplant funding the content of an application, together
Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 7271. provisions. Under section 5551(f)(2) of with the forms you must submit, are in
Applicable Regulations: (a) The the ESEA, the Secretary requires that the application package for this
Education Department General assistance provided under this program program.
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in be used only to supplement, and not to Notice of Intent To Apply: The
34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, supplant, any other assistance or funds Department will be able to develop a
84, 85, 86, 97, and 99. (b) The notice of made available from non-Federal more efficient process for reviewing
final priority, requirements, and sources for the activities assisted under grant applications if it has a better
definitions for this program, published this subpart. This restriction also has understanding of the number of entities
elsewhere in this issue of the Federal the effect of allowing projects to recover that intend to apply for funding under
Register. indirect costs only on the basis of a this competition. Therefore, the
Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 restricted indirect cost rate, according to Secretary strongly encourages each
apply to all applicants except federally the requirements in 34 CFR 75.563 and potential applicant to notify the
recognized Indian tribes. 34 CFR 76.564 through 569. As soon as Department by sending a short e-mail

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message indicating the applicant’s 6. Other Submission Requirements in wait until the application deadline date
intent to submit an application for this notice. to begin the application process.
funding. The e-mail need not include We do not consider an application • The regular hours of operation of
information regarding the content of the that does not comply with the deadline the e-Grants Web site are 6 a.m. Monday
proposed application, only the requirements. until 7 p.m. Wednesday; and 6 a.m.
applicant’s intent to submit it. The e- Deadline for Intergovernmental Thursday until midnight Saturday,
mail notification should be sent to Carol Review: July 19, 2005. Washington, DC time. Please note that
Sue Fromboluti at 4. Intergovernmental Review: This the system is unavailable on Sundays,
carol.fromboluti@ed.gov. program is subject to Executive Order and between 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and
Applicants that fail to provide this e- 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR 6 a.m. on Thursdays, Washington, DC
mail notification may still apply for part 79. Information about time, for maintenance. Any
funding. Intergovernmental Review of Federal modifications to these hours are posted
Page Limit for Program Narrative: The Programs under Executive Order 12372 on the e-Grants Web site.
program narrative (Part III of the is in the application package for this • You will not receive additional
application) is where you, the applicant, competition. point value because you submit your
address the selection criteria (i.e., 5. Funding Restrictions: We reference application in electronic format, nor
within the context of the absolute regulations outlining funding will we penalize you if you qualify for
priority) as well as the requirements that restrictions in the Applicable an exception to the electronic
reviewers use to evaluate your Regulations section of this notice. submission requirement, as described
application. Applicants are strongly 6. Other Submission Requirements: elsewhere in this section, and submit
encouraged to limit Part III to the Applications for grants under this your application in paper format.
equivalent of no more than 25 pages competition must be submitted • You must submit all documents
using the following standards: electronically, unless you qualify for an electronically, including the
• A ‘‘page’’ is 8.5″ x 11″, on one side exception to this requirement in Application for Federal Education
only, with 1″ margins at the top, bottom, accordance with the instructions in this Assistance (ED 424), Budget
and both sides. section. Information—Non-Construction
• Double space (no more than three We will reject your application if you Programs (ED 524), and all necessary
lines per vertical inch) all text in the submit it in paper format unless, as assurances and certifications.
program narrative, including titles, described elsewhere in this section, you • Any narrative sections of your
headings, footnotes, quotations, qualify for one of the exceptions to the application should be attached as files
references, and captions, as well as all electronic submission requirement and in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich text),
text in charts, tables, figures, and submit, no later than two weeks before or .PDF (Portable Document) format.
graphs. the application deadline date, a written • Your electronic application must
• Use a font that is either 12-point or statement to the Department that you comply with any page limit
larger or no smaller than 10 pitch qualify for one of these exceptions. requirements described in this notice.
• Prior to submitting your electronic
(characters per inch). Further information regarding
application, you may wish to print a
The page limit does not apply to Part calculation of the date that is two weeks
copy of it for your records.
I, the cover sheet; Part II, the budget before the application deadline date is
• After you electronically submit
section, including the narrative budget provided later in this section under
your application, you will receive an
justification; Part IV, the assurances and Exception to Electronic Submission
automatic acknowledgement that will
certifications; or the one-page abstract, Requirement.
include a PR/Award number (an
the resumes, the bibliography, or the a. Electronic Submission of identifying number unique to your
letters of support. However, you must Applications. application).
include all of the program narrative in Applications for grants under the • Within three working days after
Part III. A complete description of the Professional Development for Arts submitting your electronic application,
requirements for the program narrative Educators program—CFDA Number fax a signed copy of the ED 424 to the
section is found in the application 84.351C—must be submitted Application Control Center after
package in Section C: Application electronically using e-Application following these steps:
Forms and Instructions. available through the Department’s e- (1) Print ED 424 from e-Application.
3. Submission Dates and Times: Grants system, accessible through the e- (2) The applicant’s Authorizing
Applications Available: March 30, Grants portal page at: http://e- Representative must sign this form.
2005. grants.ed.gov (3) Place the PR/Award number in the
Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: While completing your electronic upper right hand corner of the hard-
April 29, 2005. application, you will be entering data copy signature page of the ED 424.
Deadline for Transmittal of online that will be saved into a (4) Fax the signed ED 424 to the
Applications: May 20, 2005. database. You may not e-mail an Application Control Center at (202)
Applications for grants under this electronic copy of a grant application to 245–6272.
program must be submitted us. • We may request that you provide us
electronically using the Electronic Grant Please note the following: original signatures on other forms at a
Application System (e-Application) • You must complete the electronic later date.
available through the Department’s e- submission of your grant application by Application Deadline Date Extension
Grants system. For information 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the in Case of e-Application System
(including dates and times) about how application deadline date. The e- Unavailability: If you are prevented
to submit your application Application system will not accept an from electronically submitting your
electronically or by mail or hand application for this competition after application on the application deadline
delivery if you qualify for an exception 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the date because the e-Application system is
to the electronic submission application deadline date. Therefore, we unavailable, we will grant you an
requirement, please refer to section IV. strongly recommend that you do not extension of one business day in order

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to transmit your application Department of Education, 400 Maryland date, to the Department at the following
electronically, by mail, or by hand Avenue, SW., room 4W223, address: U.S. Department of Education,
delivery. We will grant this extension Washington, DC 20202–5950. FAX: Application Control Center, Attention:
if— (202) 205–5630. (CFDA Number 84.351C), 550 12th
(1) You are a registered user of e- Your paper application must be Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center
Application and you have initiated an submitted in accordance with the mail Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–4260.
electronic application for this or hand delivery instructions described The Application Control Center
competition; and in this notice. accepts hand deliveries daily between 8
(2)(a) The e-Application system is b. Submission of Paper Applications a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC
unavailable for 60 minutes or more by Mail. time, except Saturdays, Sundays, and
between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 If you qualify for an exception to the Federal holidays.
p.m., Washington, DC time, on the electronic submission requirement, you Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of
application deadline date; or may mail (through the U.S. Postal Paper Applications: If you mail or hand
(b) The e-Application system is Service or a commercial carrier) your deliver your application to the
unavailable for any period of time application to the Department. You Department:
between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., must mail the original and two copies (1) You must indicate on the envelope
Washington, DC time, on the of your application, on or before the and—if not provided by the
application deadline date. application deadline date, to the Department—in Item 4 of the ED 424 the
We must acknowledge and confirm Department at the applicable following CFDA number—and suffix letter, if
these periods of unavailability before address: any—of the competition under which
granting you an extension. To request By mail through the U.S. Postal you are submitting your application.
this extension or to confirm our Service: U.S. Department of Education, (2) The Application Control Center
acknowledgement of any system Application Control Center, Attention: will mail a grant application receipt
unavailability, you may contact either (CFDA Number 84.351C), 400 Maryland acknowledgment to you. If you do not
(1) the person listed elsewhere in this Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202– receive the grant application receipt
notice under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 4260; or acknowledgment within 15 business
CONTACT (see VII. Agency Contact) or (2) By mail through a commercial carrier: days from the application deadline date,
the e-Grants help desk at 1–888–336– U.S. Department of Education, you should call the U.S. Department of
8930. If the system is down and Application Control Center—Stop 4260, Education Application Control Center at
therefore the application deadline is Attention: (CFDA Number 84.351C), (202) 245–6288.
extended, an e-mail will be sent to all 7100 Old Landover Road, Landover, MD
registered users who have initiated an e- V. Application Review Information
20785–1506.
Application. Extensions referred to in Regardless of which address you use, Selection Criteria: The selection
this section apply only to the you must show proof of mailing criteria for this competition are from 34
unavailability of the Department’s e- consisting of one of the following: CFR 75.210. The maximum score for all
Application system. (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service of the selection criteria is 100 points.
Exception to Electronic Submission postmark, The maximum score for each criterion is
Requirement: You qualify for an (2) A legible mail receipt with the indicated in parentheses. Each criterion
exception to the electronic submission date of mailing stamped by the U.S. also includes the factors that the
requirement, and may submit your Postal Service, reviewers will consider in determining
application in paper format, if you are (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or how well an application meets the
unable to submit an application through receipt from a commercial carrier, or criterion. The notes following any
the e-Application system because— (4) Any other proof of mailing selection criteria are guidance to help
• You do not have access to the acceptable to the Secretary of the U.S. applicants in preparing their
Internet; or Department of Education. applications, and are not required by
• You do not have the capacity to statute or regulations. The criteria are as
If you mail your application through
upload large documents to the follows:
the U.S. Postal Service, we do not
Department’s e-Application system; and (a) Significance (20 points). The
• No later than two weeks before the accept either of the following as proof
of mailing: Secretary considers the significance of
application deadline date (14 calendar the proposed project. In determining the
days or, if the fourteenth calendar day (1) A private metered postmark, or
(2) A mail receipt that is not dated by significance of the proposed project, the
before the application deadline date Secretary considers the following
the U.S. Postal Service.
falls on a Federal holiday, the next factors:
If your application is postmarked after
business day following the Federal (1) The likelihood that the proposed
the application deadline date, we will
holiday), you mail or fax a written project will result in system change or
not consider your application.
statement to the Department, explaining improvement.
which of the two grounds for an Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not (2) The extent to which the proposed
exception prevent you from using the uniformly provide a dated postmark. Before project is likely to build local capacity
Internet to submit your application. If relying on this method, you should check
to provide, improve, or expand services
with your local post office.
you mail your written statement to the that address the needs of the target
Department, it must be postmarked no c. Submission of Paper Applications population.
later than two weeks before the by Hand Delivery. (3) The importance or magnitude of
application deadline date. If you fax If you qualify for an exception to the the results or outcomes likely to be
your written statement to the electronic submission requirement, you attained by the proposed project,
Department, we must receive the faxed (or a courier service) may deliver your especially improvements in teaching
statement no later than two weeks paper application to the Department by and student achievement.
before the application deadline date. hand. You must deliver the original and (b) Quality of the project design (15
Address and mail or fax your two copies of your application, by hand, points). The Secretary considers the
statement to: Carol Sue Fromboluti, U.S. on or before the application deadline quality of the design of the proposed

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project. In determining the quality of the resources for the proposed project. In Applicants are encouraged to devote an
design of the proposed project, the determining the adequacy of resources appropriate level of resources to project
Secretary considers the following for the proposed project, the Secretary evaluation.
factors: considers the following factors:
(1) The extent to which the goals, (1) The relevance and demonstrated VI. Award Administration Information
objectives, and outcomes to be achieved commitment of each partner in the 1. Award Notices: If your application
by the proposed project are clearly proposed project to the implementation is successful, we notify your U.S.
specified and measurable. and success of the project. Representative and U.S. Senators and
(2) The extent to which the design of (2) The extent to which the costs are send you a Grant Award Notification
the proposed project reflects up-to-date reasonable in relation to the number of (GAN). We may also notify you
knowledge from research and effective persons to be served and to the informally.
practice. anticipated results and benefits. If your application is not evaluated or
(3) The extent to which performance (f) Quality of the management plan (5 not selected for funding, we notify you.
feedback and continuous improvement points). The Secretary considers the 2. Administrative and National Policy
are integral to the design of the quality of the management plan for the Requirements: We identify
proposed project. proposed project. In determining the administrative and national policy
(c) Quality of project services (25 quality of the management plan for the requirements in the application package
points). The Secretary considers the proposed project, the Secretary and reference these and other
quality of the services to be provided by considers the adequacy of the requirements in the Applicable
the proposed project. In determining the management plan to achieve the Regulations section of this notice.
quality of the services to be provided by objectives of the proposed project on We reference the regulations outlining
the proposed project, the Secretary time and within budget, including the terms and conditions of an award in
considers the quality and sufficiency of clearly defined responsibilities, the Applicable Regulations section of
strategies for ensuring equal access and timelines, and milestones for this notice and include these and other
treatment for eligible project accomplishing project tasks. specific conditions in the GAN. The
participants who are members of groups (g) Quality of the project evaluation GAN also incorporates your approved
that have traditionally been (15 points). The Secretary considers the application as part of your binding
underrepresented based on race, color, quality of the evaluation to be commitments under the grant.
national origin, gender, age, or conducted of the proposed project. In 3. Grants Administration: Applicants
disability. In addition, the Secretary determining the quality of the should budget for a three-day meeting
considers the following factors: evaluation, the Secretary considers the for project directors to be held in
(1) The extent to which the training or following factors: Washington, DC.
professional development services to be (1) The extent to which the methods 4. Reporting: At the end of your
provided by the proposed project are of of evaluation include the use of project period, you must submit a final
sufficient quality, intensity, and objective performance measures that are performance report, including financial
duration to lead to improvements in clearly related to the intended outcomes information, as directed by the
practice among the recipients of those of the project and will produce Secretary. If you receive a multi-year
services. quantitative and qualitative data to the award, you must submit an annual
(2) The likelihood that the services to extent possible. performance report that provides the
be provided by the proposed project (2) The extent to which the evaluation most current performance and financial
will lead to improvements in the will provide guidance about effective expenditure information as specified by
achievement of students as measured strategies suitable for replication or the Secretary in 34 CFR 75.118. For
against rigorous academic standards. testing in other settings. specific requirements on grantee
(d) Quality of project personnel (10 reporting, please go to: http://
Note: A strong evaluation plan should be www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/
points). The Secretary considers the included in the application narrative and
quality of the personnel who will carry should be used, as appropriate, to shape the
appforms/appforms.html.
out the proposed project. In determining development of the project from the
5. Performance Measures: The
the quality of project personnel, the beginning of the grant period. The plan Secretary has developed a performance
Secretary considers the extent to which should include benchmarks to monitor measure for assessing the effectiveness
the applicant encourages applications progress toward specific project objectives of the Professional Development for Arts
for employment from persons who are and also outcome measures to assess the Educators program. The measure is: The
members of groups that have impact on teaching and learning or other percentage of participating teachers who
important outcomes for project participants. receive professional development that is
traditionally been underrepresented More specifically, the plan should identify
based on race, color, national origin, sustained and intensive. In
the individual and/or organization that has implementing this measure, the
gender, age, or disability. In addition, agreed to serve as evaluator for the project
the Secretary considers the following and describe the qualifications of that
Department will collect from grantees
factors: evaluator. The plan should describe the data on the extent to which they provide
(1) The qualifications, including evaluation design, indicating: (1) What types professional development that occurs
relevant training and experience, of the of data will be collected; (2) when various over the course of the school year,
project director or principal types of data will be collected; (3) what which may include the summer, and
investigator. methods will be used; (4) what instruments that includes a sufficient number of
(2) The qualifications, including will be developed and when; (5) how the hours of participation to make a
data will be analyzed; (6) when reports of significant difference in teaching and
relevant training and experience, of key
results and outcomes will be available; and learning.
project personnel. (7) how the applicant will use the
(3) The qualifications, including information collected through the evaluation VII. Agency Contact
relevant training and experience, of to monitor progress of the funded project and
project consultants or subcontractors. to provide accountability information both FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
(e) Adequacy of resources (10 points). about success at the initial site and effective Carol Sue Fromboluti, U.S. Department
The Secretary considers the adequacy of strategies for replication in other settings. of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue,

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SW., room 4W223, Washington, DC specified in the Educational Service Priority 1—Participation in a National
20202–5943. Telephone: (202) 205–9654 Agencies section of the Application Research Evaluation that Assesses the
or by e-mail: carol.fromboluti@ed.gov. Requirements in the notice of final Effectiveness of Supplemental Reading
If you use a telecommunications priorities, requirements, definitions and Programs in Freshman Academies
device for the deaf (TDD), you may call selection criteria for this competition To be eligible for consideration under
the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at (NFP), published elsewhere in this issue this priority, an applicant must—
1–800–877–8339. of the Federal Register, are eligible to (1) Apply on behalf of two or four
Individuals with disabilities may apply on behalf of two or four large high large high schools that are currently
obtain this document in an alternative schools that agree to all of the implementing freshman academies;
format (e.g., Braille, large print, requirements of participation in the (2) Provide a detailed description of
audiotape, or computer diskette) on research evaluation. Additional literacy classes and/or other activities
request to the program contact person eligibility requirements aware listed in implemented within the last two years
listed in this section. the Eligibility section of the Application that were designed to promote the
VIII. Other Information Requirements in the NFP, published reading achievement of striving ninth-
elsewhere in this issue of the Federal grade readers (as defined in the NFP,
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You may view this document, as well as published elsewhere in this issue of the
all other documents of this Department Estimated Available Funds: Federal Register) at any of the schools
published in the Federal Register, in $40,000,000. on behalf of which the LEA has applied;
text or Adobe Portable Document Estimated Range of Awards: (3) Provide documentation of the
Format (PDF) on the Internet at the $1,250,000–$5,000,000. Additional LEA’s and schools’ willingness to
following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/ information regarding awards and participate in a large-scale national
fedregister. budget determinations is in the Budget evaluation that uses scientifically based
To use PDF you must have Adobe Information for Determination of Award research methods. Each LEA must
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using PDF, call the U.S. Government issue of the Federal Register. the high schools named in the
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Estimated Number of Awards: 8–12. requirements of the research design, and
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estimates in this notice. application a letter from its research
Note: The official version of this document
office or research board agreeing to meet
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Register. Free Internet access to the official the requirements of the research design,
edition of the Federal Register and the Code Full Text of Announcement if such approval is needed according to
of Federal Regulations is available on GPO I. Funding Opportunity Description local policies;
Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/ (4) Agree to implement two
index.html. Purpose of Program: The purpose of designated supplemental reading
the Smaller Learning Communities programs for striving ninth-grade
Dated: March 24, 2005.
(SLC) program is to promote academic readers, one in each eligible high
Michael J. Petrilli, school, adhering strictly to the design of
achievement through the planning,
Acting Assistant Deputy Secretary for implementation or expansion of small, the reading program, with the
Innovation and Improvement. understanding that the supplemental
safe, and successful learning
[FR Doc. 05–6265 Filed 3–29–05; 8:45 am] environments in large high schools to reading program will be either the
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help ensure that all students graduate Strategic Instruction Model or Reading
with the knowledge and skills necessary Apprenticeship Academic Literacy, as
to make successful transitions to college assigned to each school by the
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION evaluation contractor;
and careers. The purpose of this special
Office of Vocational and Adult competition is to fund, using a portion (5) Assign a language arts or social
Education; Overview Information; of FY 2004 SLC program funds, a studies teacher, providing his or her
Smaller Learning Communities— national research evaluation of name, resume, and a signed letter of
Special Competition for Supplemental supplemental reading programs in a interest, in each participating high
Reading Program Research special type of SLC structure called school to: (a) Participate in professional
Evaluation; Notice Inviting freshman academies, and, in addition, development necessary to implement
Applications for New Awards for Fiscal to support a broader range of activities the supplemental reading program
Year (FY) 2004 to create or expand SLCs in (which will include travel to
participating schools. Washington, DC, or another off-site
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Priorities: This competition includes location during the first two weeks in
(CFDA) Number: 84.215L. August of 2005); (b) teach the selected
one absolute priority and one
DATES: Applications Available: March competitive preference priority. Both of supplemental reading program to
30, 2005. these priorities are from the NFP, participating students for a minimum of
Deadline for Transmittal of published elsewhere in this issue of the 225 minutes per week for each week of
Applications: May 16, 2005. Federal Register. the 2005–2006 and 2006–2007 school
Deadline for Intergovernmental years; (c) complete two surveys; (d)
Review: July 13, 2005. Absolute Priority: For this special assist with the administration of surveys
Eligible Applicants: Local educational competition, Priority 1 is an absolute and student assessments; (e) work with
agencies (LEAs), including schools priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we the LEA, school officials, MDRC, and
funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs consider only applications that meet AIR to recruit 125 or more students for
(BIA schools) and educational service this priority. the program and the larger research
agencies that meet the requirements The priority is: evaluation; (f) determine students’

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