FR Doc 2010-13783
[Federal Register: June 8, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 109)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Overview 
Information; Technical Assistance on Data Collection--General 
Supervision Enhancement Grants: Alternate Academic Achievement 
Standards; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year 
(FY) 2010

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.373X.
    Dates:
    Applications Available: June 8, 2010.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 23, 2010.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 21, 2010.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: Under section 616(i)(2) of the Individuals with 
Disabilities Education Act, as amended (IDEA), the Department may make 
awards to provide technical assistance to improve the capacity of 
States to meet data collection requirements.
    Priority: This priority is from the notice of final priorities for 
this program, published in the Federal Register on July 9, 2007 (72 FR 
37212).
    Absolute Priority: For FY 2010 and any subsequent year in which we 
make awards based on the list of unfunded applicants from this 
competition, this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 
75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that meet this priority.
    This priority is:

Technical Assistance on Data Collection--General Supervision 
Enhancement Grants-Alternate Academic Achievement Standards (GSEG)

    Background:
    On April 9, 2010, the Department issued a notice inviting 
applications for new awards under the Race to the Top (RTT) Assessment 
Program (75 FR 18171),\1\ indicating its intention to support States in 
developing new alternate assessments based on alternate academic 
achievement standards. This notice announces a separate competition for 
GSEG grants through which States may receive funding for the 
development of new alternate assessments for students with the most 
significant cognitive disabilities. Through the invitational priority 
announced in this notice, we are encouraging States to develop 
alternate assessments that fit coherently with the assessment systems 
to be developed under the RTT Assessment Program.
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    Under section 1111(b)(1) of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary 
Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), a State is required to adopt 
challenging student academic achievement standards and to apply the 
same standards ``to all schools and children in the State.'' In 
developing the Title I ESEA regulations implementing this provision, 
the Department acknowledged that, although all children can learn 
challenging content, evaluating that learning through the use of 
alternate academic achievement standards is appropriate for a small, 
limited percentage of students who are within one or more of the 
existing categories of disability under IDEA (e.g., autism, multiple 
disabilities, traumatic brain injury, mental retardation), and whose 
cognitive impairments may prevent them from attaining grade-level 
achievement standards, even with the very best instruction. 
Accordingly, the Department adopted regulations, in 34 CFR 200.1(d), 
permitting States to measure the achievement of a limited percentage of 
students--those with the most significant cognitive disabilities--
against challenging, but alternate, academic achievement standards.

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    The Title I, Part A regulations in 34 CFR 200.6(a)(2)(ii)(B) also 
permit a State to develop alternate assessments based on alternate 
academic achievement standards. Alternate assessments that are used by 
States and local educational agencies (LEAs) under the ESEA must be 
designed to generate valid data that can be used for purposes of 
school, district, and State accountability. They must meet the 
requirements in 34 CFR 200.2 (State Responsibilities for Assessment) 
and 34 CFR 200.3 (Designing State Academic Assessment Systems) and fit 
coherently in the State's overall assessment system under 34 CFR 200.2. 
Under the provisions of 34 CFR 200.2(b), an alternate assessment must, 
among other things, be: (1) Aligned with a State's alternate academic 
achievement standards and provide coherent information about student 
attainment of those standards; (2) valid and reliable for the purposes 
for which the assessment is used; (3) consistent with relevant, 
nationally-recognized professional and technical standards; and (4) 
supported by evidence from test publishers or other relevant sources 
that the assessment is of adequate technical quality for each purpose 
required under the ESEA.
    States that adopt alternate academic achievement standards are 
required under IDEA, as reflected in 34 CFR 300.160(c), to develop and 
implement alternate assessments that are aligned with the State's 
challenging academic content standards and that measure the achievement 
of children with the most significant cognitive disabilities. States 
must include alternate assessment data in their State Performance Plan 
and Annual Performance Reports relative to performance and 
participation of children with disabilities on State assessments under 
IDEA.
    Priority:
    The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative 
Services establishes a priority for grants to support States with one 
or more of the following activities: (1) Development of alternate 
academic achievement standards aligned with the State's academic 
content standards; (2) development of high-quality alternate 
assessments using universal design principles, to the extent possible, 
that measure the achievement of students with the most significant 
cognitive disabilities based on those standards; (3) reporting on the 
participation and performance of students with disabilities on 
alternate assessments based on alternate academic achievement 
standards; and (4) development of clear and appropriate guidelines for 
IEP Teams to use in determining which students should be assessed based 
on alternate academic achievement standards, and the development and 
implementation of training on those guidelines for IEP Teams.
    Applicants must include information in their applications on how 
they will work with experts in large-scale assessment and special 
education to ensure that they are designing alternate academic 
achievement standards, and assessments based on those standards, that: 
(1) Address the needs of students with the most significant cognitive 
disabilities; (2) validly, reliably, and accurately measure student 
performance; and (3) result in high-quality data for use in evaluating 
the performance of schools, districts, and States. The experts selected 
should represent the range of skills needed to develop assessments 
based on alternate academic achievement standards for students with the 
most significant cognitive disabilities that will meet the peer review 
guidelines for assessments published by the Department that are 
available at: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/guid/saaprguidance.pdf. 
Skill sets for experts must include experience with one or more of the 
following: (1) Large scale assessment; (2) standards-setting 
techniques; (3) assessment and measurement of children with 
disabilities; (4) accommodations and supports to assess grade-level 
content; (5) working with States to develop assessments; (6) 
development of criterion-referenced tests and instruments; (7) 
psychometric evaluation; (8) conducting studies of the technical 
adequacy of assessment instruments; (9) research and publishing in the 
area of assessment and psychometrics; and (10) applying the principles 
of universal design to large-scale assessments.
    Projects funded under this priority also must--
    (a) Budget to attend a three-day Project Directors' meeting in 
Washington, DC;
    (b) If the project maintains a Web site, include relevant 
information and documents in a format that meets a government or 
industry-recognized standard for accessibility; and
    (c) Provide a written assurance that the State's Assessment Office 
(i.e., the office that addresses accountability under Title I of the 
ESEA) was given the opportunity to contribute to the formulation of the 
application.
    Under this competition we are particularly interested in 
applications that address the following priority.
    Invitational Priority: For FY 2010 and any subsequent year in which 
we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this 
competition, this priority is an invitational priority. Under 34 CFR 
75.105(c)(1) we do not give an application that meets this invitational 
priority a competitive or absolute preference over other applications.
    Background:
    The RTT Assessment Program supports the development of new 
assessment systems that are to be used by multiple States; are valid, 
reliable, and fair; and measure student knowledge and skills against a 
common set of college- and career-ready standards in English/language 
arts (ELA) and mathematics in grades 3 to 8 and at least once in high 
school. The RTT Assessment Program requires that the Comprehensive 
Assessment Systems developed under the program include all students who 
have been identified as students with disabilities under IDEA who are 
not eligible to participate in alternate assessments based on alternate 
academic achievement standards.
    The assessment systems developed under the RTT Assessment Program 
must also produce student achievement data and student growth data that 
can be used to determine whether individual students are college- and 
career-ready.
    Information gathered from the RTT assessments should be useable in 
informing--
    (i) Determinations of school effectiveness for purposes of 
accountability under Title I of the ESEA;
    (ii) Determinations of individual principal and teacher 
effectiveness for purposes of evaluation;
    (iii) Determinations of principal and teacher professional 
development and support needs; and
    (iv) Teaching, learning, and program improvement.
    States are obligated, under Title I of the ESEA, IDEA, and section 
504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, to ensure that all 
children with disabilities are included in State assessment systems. 
States or consortia of States may apply under the absolute priority in 
this notice for a grant to develop alternate academic achievement 
standards and alternate assessments for students with the most 
significant cognitive disabilities. Given that the RTT Assessment 
program does not support the development of alternate assessments based 
on alternate academic achievement standards, we encourage States under 
this competition to develop assessments that fit coherently with the 
Comprehensive Assessment Systems to be developed by State consortia 
under the RTT Assessment Program.

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    This invitational priority is:
    The Secretary is particularly interested in projects from consortia 
of States to develop alternate assessment systems for students with the 
most significant cognitive disabilities that fit coherently with the 
assessment systems to be developed under the RTT Assessment Program. 
These alternate assessment systems must measure student knowledge and 
skills against a common set of college- and career-ready standards in 
ELA and mathematics held in common by States in the consortia and the 
related alternate assessments, for grades 3 through 8, and at least one 
grade in high school. The Secretary is also interested in projects that 
propose the development of alternate assessment systems that use 
approaches to technology, assessment administration, scoring, 
reporting, and other factors that facilitate the coherent inclusion of 
these assessments within States' Comprehensive Assessment Systems.
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1411(c) and 1416(i)(2).
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 
81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The notice of final priorities 
for this program, published in the Federal Register on July 9, 2007 (72 
FR 37212).

    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 (IHEs) only.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Cooperative agreement.
    Estimated Available Funds for Year 1: $22,000,000.
    Estimated Range of Awards for Year 1: $1,300,000-$1,500,000 per 
State.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards for Year 1: $1,400,000 per State.
    Estimated Available Funds for Years 2-4: $11,000,000.
    Estimated Range of Awards for Years 2-4: $650,000-$750,000 per 
State.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards for Years 2-4: $700,000 per State.
    Maximum Award: We will reject any application that proposes a 
budget for a single budget period of 12 months that exceeds $1,500,000 
per State in year one and $750,000 per State in years two through four. 
We will reject any application that proposes a budget exceeding the 
stated maximum award amount, unless the application involves a 
consortium, or any other group of eligible parties that meets the 
requirements of 34 CFR 75.127 through 75.129. The level of funding for 
a consortium, or any other group of States, outlying areas (OAs), or 
freely associated States (FAS) will reflect the combined total that the 
eligible applicants comprising the consortium, or group, would have 
received if they had applied separately. The Secretary does not intend 
to make more than one award to serve a single State, OA, or FAS. The 
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services 
may change the maximum amount through a notice published in the Federal 
Register.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 15 (less if consortia receive awards).

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

    Project Period: Up to 48 months.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: State educational agencies (SEAs), OAs, 
FAS, and, if endorsed by the SEA to apply and carry out the project on 
behalf of the SEA, local educational agencies (LEAs), public charter 
schools that are LEAs under State law, institutions of higher education 
(IHEs), tribes or tribal organizations, other public agencies, private 
nonprofit organizations, and for-profit organizations.

    Note: States, OAs, and FAS are encouraged to form consortia with 
any other group of eligible parties that meet the requirements in 34 
CFR 75.127 through 75.129 to apply under the priority in this 
notice. A consortium is any combination of eligible entities. The 
Secretary views the formation of consortia as an effective and 
efficient strategy to address the requirements of the priority in 
this notice.

    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This competition does not require cost 
sharing or matching.
    3. Other: General Requirements--The projects funded under this 
competition must make positive efforts to employ and advance in 
employment qualified individuals with disabilities (see section 606 of 
IDEA).

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address To Request Application Package: Education Publications 
Center (ED Pubs), U.S. Department of Education, P.O. Box 22207, 
Alexandria, VA 22304. Telephone, toll free: 1-877-433-7827. FAX: (703) 
605-6794. 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.EDPubs.gov or at its e-mail address: edpubs@inet.ed.gov.    
    If you request an application package from ED Pubs, be sure to 
identify this competition as follows: CFDA number 84.373X.
    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 person or team listed under 
Accessible Format in section VIII of this notice.
    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 competition.
    Page Limit: The application narrative (Part III of the application) 
is where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that 
reviewers use to evaluate your application. You must limit Part III to 
the equivalent of no more than 40 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 application narrative, including titles, headings, 
footnotes, quotations, references, abstracts, 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, the references, or the letters of support. 
However, the page limit does apply to all of the application narrative 
section (Part III).
    We will reject your application if you exceed the page limit; or if 
you apply other standards and exceed the equivalent of the page limit.
    3. Submission Dates and Times:
    Applications Available: June 8, 2010.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 23, 2010.
    Applications for grants under this competition may be submitted 
electronically using the Electronic Grant Application System (e-
Application) accessible through the Department's e-Grants Web site, or 
in paper format by mail or hand delivery. For information (including 
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to submit your application electronically, or in paper format by mail 
or hand delivery, please refer to section IV. 7. 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: September 21, 2010.
    4. Intergovernmental Review: This program 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: We reference regulations outlining funding 
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.
    6. Data Universal Numbering System Number, Taxpayer Identification 
Number, and Central Contractor Registry: To do business with the 
Department of Education, (1) You must have a Data Universal Numbering 
System (DUNS) number and a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN); (2) 
you must register both of those numbers with the Central Contractor 
Registry (CCR), the Government's primary registrant database; and (3) 
you must provide those same numbers on your application.
    You can obtain a DUNS number from Dun and Bradstreet. A DUNS number 
can be created within one business day.
    If you are a corporate entity, agency, institution, or 
organization, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal Revenue Service. 
If you are an individual, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal 
Revenue Service or the Social Security Administration. If you need a 
new TIN, please allow 2-5 weeks for your TIN to become active.
    The CCR registration process may take five or more business days to 
complete. If you are currently registered with the CCR, you may not 
need to make any changes. However, please make certain that the TIN 
associated with your DUNS number is correct. Also note that you will 
need to update your CCR registration on an annual basis. This may take 
three or more business days to complete.
    7. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under 
this competition may be submitted electronically or in paper format by 
mail or hand delivery.
    a. Electronic Submission of Applications.
    If you choose to submit your application to us electronically, you 
must use e-Application, accessible through the Department's e-Grants 
Web site at: http://e-grants.ed.gov.
    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:
     Your participation in e-Application is voluntary.
     You must complete the electronic submission of your grant 
application by 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application 
deadline date. E-Application will not accept an application for this 
competition 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 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 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 System 
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

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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. If e-Application is available, and, 
for any reason, you are unable to submit your application 
electronically or you do not receive an automatic acknowledgment of 
your submission, you may submit your application in paper format by 
mail or hand delivery in accordance with the instructions in this 
notice.
    b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail.
    If you submit your application in paper format by mail (through the 
U.S. Postal Service or a commercial carrier), 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 84.373X), 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 submit your application in paper format by hand delivery, 
you (or a courier service) 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 
84.373X), 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. 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

    1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this program are 
from 34 CFR 75.210 and are listed in the application package.
    2. Review and Selection Process: In the past, the Department has 
had difficulty finding peer reviewers for certain competitions because 
so many individuals who are eligible to serve as peer reviewers have 
conflicts of interest. The Standing Panel requirements under IDEA also 
have placed additional constraints on the availability of reviewers. 
Therefore, the Department has determined that, for some discretionary 
grant competitions, applications may be separated into two or more 
groups and ranked and selected for funding within specific groups. This 
procedure will make it easier for the Department to find peer 
reviewers, by ensuring that greater numbers of individuals who are 
eligible to serve as reviewers for any particular group of applicants 
will not have conflicts of interest. It also will increase the quality, 
independence, and fairness of the review process, while permitting 
panel members to review applications under discretionary grant 
competitions for which they also have submitted applications. However, 
if the Department decides to select an equal number of applications in 
each group for funding, this may result in different cut-off points for 
fundable applications in each group.

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. 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 
under 34 CFR 75.118. The 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.
    4. Performance Measures: Under the Government Performance and 
Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), the Department has developed a performance 
measure that will be used to evaluate the overall effectiveness of 
projects funded under this competition. This measure is: The percentage 
of General Supervision Enhancement Grantee products and services that 
are of high-quality, relevance, and usefulness, as determined by Annual 
Performance Report submissions and reviews of grantee work products. To 
ensure that the Department has the data needed for this measure, 
grantees will be expected to participate in mid-term assessments of 
progress towards stated goals and objectives, and will also be required 
to report information on their projects' performance in annual reports 
to the Department (34 CFR 75.590). The Department will also determine 
at the end of the grantee's project period whether the grantee has been 
successful in achieving the purposes of its award.

VII. Agency Contact

    For Further Information Contact: Susan Weigert, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 4078, Potomac Center Plaza 
(PCP), Washington, DC 20202-2550. Telephone: (202) 245-6522.
    If you use a TDD, call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, 
at 1-800-877-8339.

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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) by 
contacting the Grants and Contracts Services Team, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 5075, PCP, Washington, DC 
20202-2550. Telephone: (202) 245-7363. If you use a TDD, call the FRS, 
toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.
    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: 
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    Dated: June 3, 2010.
Alexa Posny,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 2010-13783 Filed 6-7-10; 8:45 am]
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