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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII); Overview Information;
Ready-to-Learn Television Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New
Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.295A.

    Dates:
    Applications Available: March 22, 2010.
    Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: April 21, 2010.
    Date of Meeting for Prospective Applicants: April 8, 2010.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 21, 2010.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 20, 2010.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program:
    The Ready-to-Learn Television Program is designed to: (1)
Facilitate student academic achievement by supporting the development
and distribution of educational video programming for preschool and
elementary school children and their parents; and (2) develop and
disseminate educational outreach materials and programs that are
designed to promote school readiness, are interactive, and use multiple
innovative technologies and digital media platforms.
    Background:
    Research shows that building and fostering numeracy and spatial
thinking skills in young children are critical to eliminating
differences in student achievement or student growth that tend to
develop between children from low-income families and children from
middle-income families during their school years.\1\
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    \1\ National Research Council. 1998. Preventing Reading
Difficulties in Young Children.
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    Authorized under section 2431 of the Elementary and Secondary
Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), the Ready-to-Learn Television
Program has in the past focused primarily on supporting the development
and distribution of educational television content. Through this
competition, the Secretary is encouraging applicants to use transmedia
storytelling, as defined in this notice, to deliver early learning
content. Individual studies show that low-income preschool children, in
particular, can benefit substantially from participating in a media-
rich curriculum that exposes them to educational content, and engages
them in learning activities through a variety of educational media
platforms, including television, video, and online games.\2\ To ensure
that the transmedia content benefits the widest audience possible, we
encourage applicants to provide access to the early learning content
through open educational resources.
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    \2\ Penuel, W. R., Pasnik, S., Bates, L., Townsend, E.,
Gallagher, L. P., Llorente, C., & Hupert, N. (2009). Preschool
teachers can use a media-rich curriculum to prepare low-income
children for school success: Results of a randomized controlled
trial. New York and Menlo Park, CA: Education Development Center,
Inc., and SRI International.
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    Section 2431 of the ESEA requires that projects funded under this
program provide educational outreach at the local level. To ensure that
low-income children benefit from the early learning content developed
under this program, the Ready-to-Learn Television Program seeks to
support a variety of content-related activities where programming and
outreach are blended and reach high-need communities. To carry out
these activities, applicants may wish to consider partnering with
persistently lowest achieving schools (as defined in the final
requirements for the School Improvement Grants program, 74 FR 65618; 75
FR 3375), a media production program within an accredited postsecondary
institution, and a teacher preparation program within an accredited
postsecondary institution that focuses on early childhood education.
    The Secretary also encourages applicants to consider developing
rigorous research and evaluation strategies to increase the body of
knowledge about the impact of educational technology on improving
school readiness and success for low-income children.
    Statutory Requirements:
    As set forth in section 2431 of the ESEA, to be eligible to receive
a cooperative agreement under the Ready-to-Learn Television Program, an
applicant must:
    (1) Develop, produce, and distribute educational and instructional
video programming for preschool and elementary school children and
their parents in order to facilitate student academic achievement;
    (2) Facilitate the development, directly or through contracts with
producers of children and family educational television programming, of
educational programming for preschool and elementary school children,
and the accompanying support materials and services that promote the
effective use of such programming;
    (3) Facilitate the development of programming and digital content
containing Ready-to-Learn-based children's programming and resources
for parents and caregivers that is specially designed for nationwide
distribution over public television stations' digital broadcasting
channels and the Internet;
    (4) Contract with entities (such as public telecommunications
entities) so that programs developed under this section are
disseminated and distributed to the widest possible audience
appropriate to be served by the programming, and through the use of the
most appropriate distribution technologies; and
    (5) Develop and disseminate education and training materials,
including interactive programs and programs adaptable to distance
learning technologies, that are designed--
    (i) To promote school readiness; and
    (ii) To promote the effective use of materials developed under
paragraphs (2) and (3) among parents, teachers, Head Start providers,
Even Start providers, providers of family literacy services, child care
providers, early childhood development personnel, elementary school
teachers, public libraries, and after-school program personnel caring
for preschool and elementary school children.
    Priorities: This competition contains two invitational priorities
and one competitive preference priority.
    Invitational Priorities: Under this competition we are particularly
interested in applications that address the following priorities. For
FY 2010 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list
of unfunded applicants from this competition, these priorities are
invitational priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1) we do not give an
application that meets these invitational priorities a competitive or
absolute preference over other applications.
    These priorities are:
    Invitational Priority 1. Applications that provide for the
development of high-quality, age-appropriate educational content in
reading and/or mathematics that is designed to increase the literacy
and/or numeracy skills of low-income children ages two to eight years
old. This invitational priority encourages applicants to deliver early
learning content through the well-planned and coordinated use of
multiple media platforms, commonly known as transmedia storytelling, as
defined in this notice. Applicants are also encouraged to develop
effective outreach strategies, activities, and materials that are
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supplement and enhance early learning content and improve the reading
literacy and/or mathematics skills and early learning outcomes of low-
income children.
    Invitational Priority 2. Applications that provide for the
development and dissemination of products and results through open
educational resources (OER). OER are teaching, learning, and research
resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under
an intellectual property license that permits their free use or
repurposing by others. This invitational priority encourages
applications that describe how the applicants will make their Ready-to-
Learn products and resources freely available through various media
platforms in an effort to share content, proven teaching strategies,
and lessons learned in implementing Ready-to-Learn properties and
resources with other early childhood and early elementary school
educators.

    Note: Each applicant addressing this priority is encouraged to
include plans for how the applicant will disseminate resources, for
example through a Web site that is freely available to all users.
Each applicant is also encouraged to include plans specifying how
the project will identify quality resources, including content and/
or outreach activities, for presentation to other educators and
parents.

    Competitive Preference Priority: This priority is from the notice
of final priority for Scientifically Based Evaluation Methods,
published in the Federal Register on January 25, 2005 (70 FR 3586). For
FY 2010 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list
of unfunded applicants from this competition, this priority is a
competitive preference priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) we award
up to an additional 20 points to an application, depending on how well
an application meets this priority. These points are in addition to any
points the application earns under the selection criteria.
    When using the priority to give competitive preference to an
application, we will review the applications using a two-stage review
process. In the first stage, we will review the applications based on
the selection criteria without taking the competitive priority into
account. In the second stage of the process, we will review the
applications rated highest in the first stage of the process to
determine whether they will receive the competitive preference points.
We will consider awarding competitive preference points only to those
applicants with top-ranked scores based on the selection criteria.
    This priority is:
    The Secretary establishes a priority for projects proposing an
evaluation plan that is based on rigorous scientifically based research
methods to assess the effectiveness of a particular intervention. The
Secretary intends that this priority will allow program participants
and the Department to determine whether the project produces meaningful
effects on student achievement or teacher performance.
    Evaluation methods using an experimental design are best for
determining project effectiveness. Thus, when feasible, the project
must use an experimental design under which participants--e.g.,
students, teachers, classrooms, or schools--are randomly assigned to
participate in the project activities being evaluated or to a control
group that does not participate in the project activities being
evaluated.
    If random assignment is not feasible, the project may use a quasi-
experimental design with carefully matched comparison conditions. This
alternative design attempts to approximate a randomly assigned control
group by matching participants--e.g., students, teachers, classrooms,
or schools--with non-participants having similar pre-program
characteristics.
    In cases where random assignment is not possible and participation
in the intervention is determined by a specified cut-off point on a
quantified continuum of scores, regression discontinuity designs may be
employed.
    For projects that are focused on special populations in which
sufficient numbers of participants are not available to support random
assignment or matched comparison group designs, single-subject designs
such as multiple baseline or treatment-reversal or interrupted time
series that are capable of demonstrating causal relationships can be
employed.
    Proposed evaluation strategies that use neither experimental
designs with random assignment nor quasi-experimental designs using a
matched comparison group nor regression discontinuity designs will not
be considered responsive to the priority when sufficient numbers of
participants are available to support these designs. Evaluation
strategies that involve too small a number of participants to support
group designs must be capable of demonstrating the causal effects of an
intervention or program on those participants.
    The proposed evaluation plan must describe how the project
evaluator will collect--before the project intervention commences and
after it ends--valid and reliable data that measure the impact of
participation in the program or in the comparison group.
    Points awarded under this priority will be determined by the
quality of the proposed evaluation method. In determining the quality
of the evaluation method, we will consider the extent to which the
applicant presents a feasible, credible plan that includes the
following:
    (1) The type of design to be used (that is, random assignment or
matched comparison). If matched comparison, include in the plan a
discussion of why random assignment is not feasible.
    (2) Outcomes to be measured.
    (3) A discussion of how the applicant plans to assign students,
teachers, classrooms, or schools to the project and control group or
match them for comparison with other students, teachers, classrooms, or
schools.
    (4) A proposed evaluator, preferably independent, with the
necessary background and technical expertise to carry out the proposed
evaluation. An independent evaluator does not have any authority over
the project and is not involved in its implementation.
    In general, depending on the implemented program or project, under
a competitive preference priority, random assignment evaluation methods
will receive more points than matched comparison evaluation methods.
    While we will not score applicants based on the invitational
priorities, we encourage applicants to take advantage of the
competitive preference priority if their model allows them to do so.
    Definitions:
    As used in invitational priority 1 in this notice:
    Transmedia storytelling means conveying content and themes to
audiences through the well-planned, connected use of multiple media
platforms (examples include but may not be limited to: television, Web
sites, cell phones, e-books, electronic games, handheld devices, and
other yet to be developed technologies).
    As used in the competitive preference priority in this notice--
    Scientifically based research (section 9101(37) of the ESEA, 20
U.S.C. 7801(37)):
    (A) Means research that involves the application of rigorous,
systematic, and objective procedures to obtain reliable and valid
knowledge relevant to education activities and programs; and
    (B) Includes research that--
    (i) Employs systematic, empirical methods that draw on observation
or experiment;

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    (ii) Involves rigorous data analyses that are adequate to test the
stated hypotheses and justify the general conclusions drawn;
    (iii) Relies on measurements or observational methods that provide
reliable and valid data across evaluators and observers, across
multiple measurements and observations, and across studies by the same
or different investigators;
    (iv) Is evaluated using experimental or quasi-experimental designs
in which individuals, entities, programs, or activities are assigned to
different conditions and with appropriate controls to evaluate the
effects of the condition of interest, with a preference for random-
assignment experiments, or other designs to the extent that those
designs contain within-condition or across-condition controls;
    (v) Ensures that experimental studies are presented in sufficient
detail and clarity to allow for replication or, at a minimum, offer the
opportunity to build systematically on their findings; and
    (vi) Has been accepted by a peer-reviewed journal or approved by a
panel of independent experts through a comparably rigorous, objective,
and scientific review.
    Random assignment or experimental design means random assignment of
students, teachers, classrooms, or schools to participate in a project
being evaluated (treatment group) or not participate in the project
(control group). The effect of the project is the difference in
outcomes between the treatment and control groups.
    Quasi-experimental designs include several designs that attempt to
approximate a random assignment design.
    Carefully matched comparison groups design means a quasi-
experimental design in which project participants are matched with non-
participants based on key characteristics that are thought to be
related to the outcome.
    Regression discontinuity design means a quasi-experimental design
that closely approximates an experimental design. In a regression
discontinuity design, participants are assigned to a treatment or
control group based on a numerical rating or score of a variable
unrelated to the treatment such as the rating of an application for
funding. Eligible students, teachers, classrooms, or schools above a
certain score (``cut score'') are assigned to the treatment group and
those below the score are assigned to the control group. In the case of
the scores of applicants' proposals for funding, the ``cut score'' is
established at the point where the program funds available are
exhausted.
    Single subject design means a design that relies on the comparison
of treatment effects on a single subject or group of single subjects.
There is little confidence that findings based on this design would be
the same for other members of the population.
    Treatment reversal design means a single subject design in which a
pre-treatment or baseline outcome measurement is compared with a post-
treatment measure. Treatment would then be stopped for a period of
time, a second baseline measure of the outcome would be taken, followed
by a second application of the treatment or a different treatment. For
example, this design might be used to evaluate a behavior modification
program for disabled students with behavior disorders.
    Multiple baseline design means a single subject design to address
concerns about the effects of normal development, timing of the
treatment, and amount of the treatment with treatment-reversal designs
by using a varying time schedule for introduction of the treatment and/
or treatments of different lengths or intensity.
    Interrupted time series design means a quasi-experimental design in
which the outcome of interest is measured multiple times before and
after the treatment for program participants only.
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 6775.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 81,
82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The notice of final priority for
Scientifically Based Evaluation Methods, published in the Federal
Register on January 25, 2005 (70 FR 3586).

    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants
except federally recognized Indian tribes.


    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of
higher education only.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Cooperative agreements.
    Estimated Available Funds: $26,884,000.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $3,500,000-$5,000,000 for the first year
of the project. Funding for the second, third, fourth, and fifth years
is subject to availability of funds and the approval of continuation
awards (see 34 CFR 75.253).
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $4,250,000.
    Estimated Maximum Size of Awards: $5,000,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 5-7.
    Maximum Award: We will reject any application that proposes a
budget exceeding $5,000,000 for a single budget period of 12 months.
The Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Office of Innovation and
Improvement may change the maximum amount through a notice published in
the Federal Register.

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

    Project Period: Up to 60 months.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: To receive a cooperative agreement under
this competition, an entity must be a public telecommunications entity
that is able to demonstrate each of the following:
    (A) A capacity to develop and nationally distribute educational and
instructional television programming of high quality that is accessible
by a large majority of disadvantaged preschool and elementary school
children.
    (B) A capacity to contract with the producers of children's
television programming for the purpose of developing educational
television programming of high quality.
    (C) A capacity, consistent with the entity's mission and nonprofit
nature, to negotiate such contracts in a manner that returns to the
entity an appropriate share of any ancillary income from sales of any
program-related products.
    (D) A capacity to localize programming and materials to meet
specific State and local needs and to provide educational outreach at
the local level.

    Note: The term public telecommunications entity means any
enterprise which (a) is a public broadcast station or a
noncommercial telecommunications entity; and (b) disseminates public
telecommunications services to the public. (20 U.S.C. 6775)


    Note: If more than one public telecommunications entity wishes
to form a consortium and jointly submit a single application, they
must follow the procedures for group applications described in 34
CFR 75.127 through 75.129 of EDGAR.

    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This competition does not require cost
sharing or matching.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address to Request Application Package: You can obtain an
application package via the Internet or from the Education Publications
Center (ED Pubs). To obtain a copy via the Internet, use the following
address: http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/. To obtain a
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ED Pubs, write, fax, or call the following: U.S. Department of
Education--ED Pubs-NTIS, PO Box 22207, Alexandria, VA 22304. Telephone
(toll free): 1-877-433-7827. FAX: (703) 605-6791. If you use a
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call, toll free: 1-877-
576-7734.
    You can contact ED Pubs at its Web site, also: 
http://www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html or at its e-mail address: edpubs@inet.ed.gov.
    If you request an application from ED Pubs, be sure to identify
this competition as follows: CFDA number 84.295A.
    Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of the application
package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape,
or computer diskette) by contacting the program contact person listed
in this section.
    2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements
concerning the content of an application, together with the forms you
must submit, are in the application package for this program.
    Notice of Intent to Apply: The Department will be able to develop a
more efficient process for reviewing grant applications if it has a
better understanding of the number of entities that intend to apply for
funding under this program. Therefore, the Secretary strongly
encourages each potential applicant to notify the Department by sending
a short e-mail message indicating the applicant's intent to submit an
application for funding. The e-mail need not include information
regarding the content of the proposed application, only the applicant's
intent to submit. The e-mail notification should be sent to Joe
Caliguro at readytolearn@ed.gov.
    Applicants that fail to provide this e-mail notification may still
apply for funding. Meeting for Prospective Applicants: The Ready-to-
Learn program will hold a webinar for prospective applicants on April
8, 2010 from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Washington, DC time. The conference
will offer information about how to apply for a Ready-to-Learn
cooperative agreement. For information and to register, please send an
e-mail to joseph.caliguro@ed.gov.
    Page Limit: The application narrative is where you, the applicant,
address the selection criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your
application. Applications are strongly encouraged to limit the
application narrative (Part III) to the equivalent of no more than 50
single-sided pages using the following standards:
    A ``page'' is 8.5'' x 11'', on one side only, with 1'' margins at
the top, bottom, and both sides.
     Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch)
all text in the program narrative, including titles, headings,
footnotes, quotations, references, and captions, as well as all text in
charts, tables, figures, and graphs.
     Use a font that is either 12-point or larger or no smaller
than 10 pitch (characters per inch).
    Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, Courier
New, or Arial. An application submitted in any other font (including
Times Roman or Arial Narrow) will not be accepted.
    The page limit does not apply to Part I, the cover sheet; Part II,
the budget section, including the narrative budget justification; Part
IV, the assurances and certifications; or the one-page abstract, the
resumes, the bibliography, or the letters of support. However, the page
limit does apply to all of the application narrative section (Part
III).
    3. Submission Dates and Times:
    Applications Available: March 22, 2010.
    Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: April 21, 2010.
    Date of Meeting for Prospective Applicants: April 8, 2010.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 21, 2010.
    Applications for grants under this program under this competition
must be submitted electronically using the Electronic Grant Application
System (e-Application) accessible through the Department's e-grant
site. For information (including dates and times) about how to submit
your application electronically or by mail or hand delivery if you
qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement,
please refer to section IV. 6. Other Submission Requirements of this
notice.
    We do not consider an application that does not comply with the
deadline requirements.
    Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or
auxiliary aid in connection with the application process should contact
the person listed under For Further Information Contact in section VII
of this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or
auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the
application process, the individual's application remains subject to
all other requirements and limitations in this notice.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 20, 2010.
    4. Intergovernmental Review: This competition is subject to
Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79.
Information about Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under
Executive Order 12372 is in the application package for this
competition.
    5. Funding Restrictions: An entity that receives a Ready-to-Learn
grant, contract, or cooperative agreement may not use more than five
percent of the amount received under the grant for administrative
purposes. We reference regulations outlining funding restrictions in
the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.
    6. Other Submission Requirements. Applications for grants under
this competition must be submitted electronically unless you qualify
for an exception to this requirement in accordance with the
instructions in this section.
    a. Electronic Submission of Applications.
    Applications for grants under the Ready-to-Learn Television
Program--CFDA Number 84.295A must be submitted electronically using e-
Application, accessible through the Department's e-Grants Web site at:
http://e-grants.ed.gov.
    We will reject your application if you submit it in paper format
unless, as described elsewhere in this section, you qualify for one of
the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and submit, no
later than two weeks before the application deadline date, a written
statement to the Department that you qualify for one of these
exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date that
is two weeks before the application deadline date is provided later in
this section under Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement.
    While completing your electronic application, you will be entering
data online that will be saved into a database. You may not e-mail an
electronic copy of a grant application to us.
    Please note the following:
     You must complete the electronic submission of your grant
application by 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application
deadline date. E-Application will not accept an application for this
program after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application
deadline date. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do not wait
until the application deadline date to begin the application process.
     The hours of operation of the e-Grants Web site are 6:00
a.m. Monday

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until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday; and 6:00 a.m. Thursday until 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, Washington, DC time. Please note that, because of maintenance,
the system is unavailable between 8:00 p.m. on Sundays and 6:00 a.m. on
Mondays, and between 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and 6:00 a.m. on
Thursdays, Washington, DC time. Any modifications to these hours are
posted on the e-Grants Web site.
     You will not receive additional point value because you
submit your application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you
if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission
requirement, as described elsewhere in this section, and submit your
application in paper format.
     You must submit all documents electronically, including
all information you typically provide on the following forms: the
Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424), the Department of
Education Supplemental Information for SF 424, Budget Information--Non-
Construction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary assurances and
certifications. You must attach any narrative sections of your
application as files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich text), or .PDF
(Portable Document) format. If you upload a file type other than the
three file types specified in this paragraph or submit a password
protected file, we will not review that material.
     Your electronic application must comply with any page
limit requirements described in this notice.
     Prior to submitting your electronic application, you may
wish to print a copy of it for your records.
     After you electronically submit your application, you will
receive an automatic acknowledgment that will include a PR/Award number
(an identifying number unique to your application).
     Within three working days after submitting your electronic
application, fax a signed copy of the SF 424 to the Application Control
Center after following these steps:
    (1) Print SF 424 from e-Application.
    (2) The applicant's Authorizing Representative must sign this form.
    (3) Place the PR/Award number in the upper right hand corner of the
hard-copy signature page of the SF 424.
    (4) Fax the signed SF 424 to the Application Control Center at
(202) 245-6272.
     We may request that you provide us original signatures on
other forms at a later date.
    Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of e-Application
Unavailability: If you are prevented from electronically submitting
your application on the application deadline date because e-Application
is unavailable, we will grant you an extension of one business day to
enable you to transmit your application electronically, by mail, or by
hand delivery. We will grant this extension if--
    (1) You are a registered user of e-Application and you have
initiated an electronic application for this competition; and
    (2)(a) E-Application is unavailable for 60 minutes or more between
the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the
application deadline date; or
    (b) E-Application is unavailable for any period of time between
3:30 p.m. and 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application
deadline date.
    We must acknowledge and confirm these periods of unavailability
before granting you an extension. To request this extension or to
confirm our acknowledgment of any system unavailability, you may
contact either (1) the person listed elsewhere in this notice under For
Further Information Contact (see VII. Agency Contact) or (2) the e-
Grants help desk at 1-888-336-8930. If e-Application is unavailable due
to technical problems with the system and, therefore, the application
deadline is extended, an e-mail will be sent to all registered users
who have initiated an e-Application. Extensions referred to in this
section apply only to the unavailability of e-Application.
    Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement: You qualify for an
exception to the electronic submission requirement, and may submit your
application in paper format, if you are unable to submit an application
through e-Application because--
     You do not have access to the Internet; or
     You do not have the capacity to upload large documents to
e-Application; and
     No later than two weeks before the application deadline
date (14 calendar days or, if the fourteenth calendar day before the
application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business
day following the Federal holiday), you mail or fax a written statement
to the Department, explaining which of the two grounds for an exception
prevents you from using the Internet to submit your application. If you
mail your written statement to the Department, it must be postmarked no
later than two weeks before the application deadline date. If you fax
your written statement to the Department, we must receive the faxed
statement no later than two weeks before the application deadline date.
    Address and mail or fax your statement to: Joe Caliguro, U.S.
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 4W214,
Washington, DC 20202-5980. FAX: (202) 205-5720.
    Your paper application must be submitted in accordance with the
mail or hand delivery instructions described in this notice.
    b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail.
    If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission
requirement, you may mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a
commercial carrier) your application to the Department. You must mail
the original and two copies of your application, on or before the
application deadline date, to the Department at the following address:
U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention:
(CFDA Number 84.295A), LBJ Basement Level 1, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW.,
Washington, DC 20202-4260.
    You must show proof of mailing consisting of one of the following:
    (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark.
    (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the
U.S. Postal Service.
    (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial
carrier.
    (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the
U.S. Department of Education.
    If you mail your application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do
not accept either of the following as proof of mailing:
    (1) A private metered postmark.
    (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service.
    If your application is postmarked after the application deadline
date, we will not consider your application.

    Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated
postmark. Before relying on this method, you should check with your
local post office.

    c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery.
    If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission
requirement, you (or a courier service) may deliver your paper
application to the Department by hand. You must deliver the original
and two copies of your application, by hand, on or before the
application deadline date, to the Department at the following address:
U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention:
(CFDA Number 84.295A), 550 12th Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center
Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-4260.

The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily between
8:00 a.m.

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and 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, except Saturdays, Sundays, and
Federal holidays.

    Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If you
mail or hand deliver your application to the Department--
    (1) You must indicate on the envelope and--if not provided by
the Department--in Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA number, including
suffix letter, if any, of the competition under which you are
submitting your application; and
    (2) The Application Control Center will mail to you a
notification of receipt of your grant application. If you do not
receive this grant notification within 15 business days from the
application deadline date, you should call the U.S. Department of
Education Application Control Center at (202) 245-6288.

V. Application Review Information

    Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition are
from section 34 CFR 75.210. The maximum score for all the selection
criteria is 100 points. The maximum score for each criterion is
indicated in parentheses. Each criterion also includes the factors that
the reviewers will consider in determining how well an application
meets the criterion. The Note following selection criterion (6) is
guidance to help applicants in preparing their applications and is not
required by statute or regulations. The selection criteria are as
follows:
    (1) Need for project (15 points). The Secretary considers the need
for the proposed project by considering the following factors:
    (a) The extent to which the proposed project will provide services
or otherwise address the needs of students at risk of educational
failure.
    (b) The extent to which specific gaps or weaknesses in services,
infrastructure, or opportunities have been identified and will be
addressed by the proposed project, including the nature and magnitude
of those gaps or weaknesses.
    (2) Significance (10 points). The Secretary considers the
significance of the proposed project by considering the following
factor:
    The likely utility of the products (such as information, materials,
processes, or techniques) that will result from the proposed project,
including the potential for their being used effectively in a variety
of other settings.
    (3) Quality of the project design (25 points). The Secretary
considers the quality of the design of the proposed project by
considering the following factors:
    (a) The extent to which the design of the proposed project reflects
up-to-date knowledge from research and effective practices.
    (b) The extent to which the proposed project is part of a
comprehensive effort to improve teaching and learning and support
rigorous academic standards for students.
    (c) The extent to which the proposed project is designed to build
capacity and yield results that will extend beyond the period of
Federal financial assistance.
    (4) Quality of project personnel (10 points). The Secretary
considers the quality of the personnel who will carry out the proposed
project. In determining the quality of project personnel, the Secretary
considers the extent to which the applicant encourages applications for
employment from persons who are members of groups that have
traditionally been underrepresented based on race, color, national
origin, gender, age, or disability.
    In addition, the Secretary considers the following factor.
    The qualifications, including relevant training and experience, of
key project personnel.
    (5) Quality of the management plan (20 points). The Secretary
considers the quality of the management plan for the proposed project
by considering the following factors:
    (a) The adequacy of the management plan to achieve the objectives
of the proposed project on time and within budget, including clearly
defined responsibilities, timelines, and milestones for accomplishing
project tasks.
    (b) The extent to which the time commitments of the project
director and principal investigator and other key project personnel are
appropriate and adequate to meet the objectives of the proposed
project.
    (c) The adequacy of procedures for ensuring feedback and continuous
improvement in the operation of the proposed project.
    (6) Quality of the project evaluation (20 points). The Secretary
considers the quality of the evaluation to be conducted of the proposed
project by considering the following factors:
    (a) The extent to which the methods of evaluation include the use
of objective performance measures that are clearly related to the
intended outcomes of the project and will produce quantitative and
qualitative data to the extent possible.
    (b) The extent to which the methods of evaluation will provide
performance feedback and permit periodic assessment of progress toward
achieving intended outcomes.

    Note on Factors Applicants May Wish To Consider in Developing an
Evaluation Plan:  The quality of the evaluation plan is one of the
selection criteria by which applications in this competition will be
judged. A strong evaluation plan should be used, as appropriate, to
shape the development of the project from the beginning of the grant
period. The evaluation plan should include benchmarks to monitor
progress toward specific project objectives and also outcome
measures to assess the impact on teaching and learning, or other
important outcomes for project participants. More specifically, the
plan should identify the individual or organization that has agreed
to serve as evaluator for the project and describe the
qualifications of that evaluator. The plan should describe the
evaluation design, indicating: (1) What types of data will be
collected; (2) when various types of data will be collected; (3)
what methods will be used; (4) what instruments will be developed
and when these instruments will be developed; (5) how the data will
be analyzed; (6) when reports of results and outcomes will be
available; and (7) how the applicant will use the information
collected through the evaluation to monitor progress of the funded
project and to provide accountability information both about success
at the initial site and about effective strategies for replication
in other settings. Applicants are encouraged to devote an
appropriate level of resources to project evaluation.

VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your
U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award
Notification (GAN). We may notify you informally, also.
    If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding,
we notify you.
    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify
administrative and national policy requirements in the application
package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable
Regulations section of this notice.
    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of
an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and
include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also
incorporates your approved application as part of your binding
commitments under the grant.
    3. Grant Administration: Applicants should budget for a three-day
meeting for project directors to be held in Washington, DC.
    4. Reporting: At the end of your project period, you must submit a
final performance report, including financial information, as directed
by the Secretary. If you receive a multi-year award, you must submit an
annual performance report that provides the most current performance
and financial expenditure information as directed by the Secretary
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Secretary may also require more frequent performance reports under 34
CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements on reporting, please go to
http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/appforms/appforms.html.
    5. Performance Measures: The Department has established the
following Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA)
performance measures for the Ready-to-Learn Television Grant Program:
(1) the percentage of Ready-to-Learn programming and educational
content deemed to be of high quality and (2) the percentage of Ready-
to-Learn outreach products deemed to be of high quality.
    These measures constitute the Department's indicators of success
for this program. Consequently, we advise an applicant for a grant
under this program to give careful consideration to these measures in
conceptualizing the approach and evaluation for its proposed project.
Each grantee will be required to provide, in its annual performance and
final reports, data about its progress in meeting these measures.

VII. Agency Contact

    For Further Information Contact: Joe Caliguro, U.S. Department of
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 4W214, Washington, DC 20202-
5980. Telephone: (202) 205-5449 or by e-mail: readytolearn@ed.gov.
    If you use a TDD, call the FRS, toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

VIII. Other Information

    Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this
document and a copy of the application package in an accessible format
(e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on
request to the program contact person listed under For Further
Information Contact in section VII of this notice.
    Electronic Access to This Document: You can view this document, as
well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal
Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the
Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/fedregister. To
use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at
this site.

    Note: The official version of this document is the document
published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the
official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal
Regulations is available on GPO Access at: 
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/index.html.


    Dated: March 17, 2010.
James H. Shelton, III,
Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement.
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