[Federal Register: May 26, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 103)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

[CFDA No. 84.295A]

 
Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI); Ready-To-
Learn (RTL) Television Program

    Notice of selection criteria and extension of deadline for 
transmittal of applications for a new award for fiscal year (FY) 2000.

SUMMARY: On May 3, 2000, we published in the Federal Register (65 FR 
25815-25817) a notice inviting applications for a new award for FY 2000 
for the RTL Television Program. This notice explains the Selection 
Criteria that the Secretary will use to evaluate your application.

    Note: This notice also extends the deadline for transmittal of 
applications as follows:

    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 26, 2000.
    Selection Criteria: The Secretary uses the following selection 
criteria in 34 CFR 700.30 to evaluate applications for new grants under 
this competition.
    The maximum score for all of these criteria is 100 points.
    The maximum score for each criterion is indicated in parentheses.
    (a) National significance (30 points). The Secretary considers the 
national significance of the proposed project. In determining the 
national significance of the proposed project, the Secretary considers 
the following factors:
    (1) The importance of the problem or issue to be addressed.
    (2) The nature of the products (such as information, materials, 
processes, or techniques) likely to result from the project and the 
potential for their effective use in a variety of other settings.
    (3) The extent and quality of plans for disseminating results in 
ways that will allow others to use the information.
    (b) Quality of the project design (30 points). The Secretary 
considers the quality of the design of the proposed project. In 
determining the quality of the design of the proposed project, the 
Secretary considers the following factors:
    (1) The extent to which the research design includes a thorough, 
high-quality review of the relevant literature, a high-quality plan for 
research activities, and the use of appropriate theoretical and 
methodological tools, including those of a variety of disciplines, 
where appropriate.
    (2) The quality of the plan for evaluating the functioning and 
impact of the project, including the objectivity of the evaluation and 
the extent to which the methods of evaluation are appropriate to the 
goals, objectives, and outcomes of the project.
    (3) The quality of the demonstration design and procedures for 
documenting project activities and results.
    (4) The likelihood that the design of the project will successfully 
address the intended, demonstrated educational need or needs.
    (5) How well and innovatively the project addresses statutory 
purposes, requirements, and any priority or priorities announced for 
the program.
    (c) Quality and potential contributions of personnel (10 points). 
The Secretary considers the quality and potential contributions of 
personnel for the proposed project. In determining the quality and 
potential contributions of personnel for the proposed project, the 
Secretary considers the following factors:
    (1) The qualifications, including training and experience, of the 
project director or principal investigator.
    (2) The qualifications, including training and experience, of key 
project personnel.
    (3) The qualifications, including training and experience, of 
proposed consultants or subcontractors.
    (d) Adequacy of resources (10 points). The Secretary considers the 
adequacy of resources for the proposed project. In determining the 
adequacy of resources for the proposed project, the Secretary considers 
the following factors:
    (1) The adequacy of support from the lead applicant organization.
    (2) The relevance and commitment of each partner in the project to 
the implementation and success of the project.
    (3) Whether the budget is adequate to support the project.
    (e) Quality of the management plan (20 points). The Secretary 
considers the quality of the management plan of the proposed project. 
In determining the quality of the management plan of the proposed 
project, the Secretary considers the following factors:
    (1) The adequacy of the management plan to achieve the objectives 
of the project, including the specification of staff responsibility, 
timelines, and benchmarks for accomplishing project tasks.
    (2) The adequacy of plans for ensuring high-quality products and 
services.
    (3) The adequacy of plans for ensuring continuous improvement in 
the operation of the project.
    (4) How the applicant will ensure that a diversity of perspectives 
are brought to bear in the operation of the project, including those of 
parents and teachers, where appropriate.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joe Caliguro, U.S. Department of 
Education, 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW., room 604-I, Washington, DC 
20202-5520. Telephone: (202) 219-1596. If you use a telecommunications 
device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Information Relay 
Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
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    Program Authority:  20 U.S.C. 6921-6928.

    Dated: May 23, 2000.
C. Kent McGuire,
Assistant Secretary for Educational Research and Improvement.
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