[Federal Register: January 23, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 15)]
[Page 3501-3502]
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[CFDA No.: 84.902B]

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Secondary 
Analysis Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for 
Fiscal Year (FY) 1997

    Purpose of Program: NAEP provides information on the educational 
achievement of school children. The purpose of the NAEP Secondary 
Analysis program is to encourage eligible parties to apply new ideas or 
state-of-the-art techniques to the analysis and reporting of the 
information contained in NAEP and NAEP High School Transcript Studies.
    Eligible Applicants: Public or private organizations and consortia 
of organizations.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: March 24, 1997.
    Applications Available: January 29, 1997.
    Available Funds: Up to $700,000.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $15,000--$100,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $85,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 5-10.

    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 

    Project Period: Up to 18 months.

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    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR Parts 74, 75, 77, 80, 81, 
82, 85, and 86; and (b) The regulations in 34 CFR Part 700.
    Invitational Priorities: The Secretary is particularly interested 
in applications that meet one or both of the invitational priorities in 
this notice. However, an application that meets one or both of these 
invitational priorities does not receive competitive or absolute 
preference over other applications (34 CFR 75.105(c)(1)).
    Invitational Priority 1--Projects that address the instructional 
factors, family background factors, and school and teacher 
characteristics that the educational research literature suggests are 
correlates of academic performance.
    Invitational Priority 2--Projects that include the development of 
statistical software that would allow more advanced analytic techniques 
to be readily applied to NAEP data.
    Evaluation Criteria: The Secretary selects from the criteria in 34 
CFR 700.30(e) to evaluate applications for new grants under this 
competition. Under 34 CFR 700.30(a), the Secretary announces in the 
application package the evaluation criteria selected for this 
competition and the maximum weight assigned to each criterion.
    For Applications or Information Contact: For application send 
written request to Alex Sedlacek, U.S. Department of Education, 
National Center for Education Statistics, Office of Educational 
Research and Improvement, Room 404B, 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20208-5653; Internet (alex__sedlacek@ed.gov); or FAX 
your request to (202) 219-2061 (include CFDA number listed above and 
the surface mail address to which the application should be sent). For 
information contact Alex Sedlacek at (202) 219-1734. Individuals who 
use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 
p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
    Information about the Department's funding opportunities, including 
copies of application notices for discretionary grant competitions, can 
be viewed on the Department's electronic bulletin board (ED Board), 
telephone (202) 260-9950; on the Internet Gopher Server (at gopher://
gcs.ed.gov); or on the World Wide Web (at http://gcs.ed.gov). However, 
the official application notice for a discretionary grant competition 
is the notice published in the Federal Register.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 9010.

    Dated: January 16, 1997.
Marshall Smith,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Educational Research and Improvement.
[FR Doc. 97-1648 Filed 1-22-97; 8:45 am]