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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 
National Professional Development Program; Office of English 
Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement 
for Limited English Proficient Students; Overview Information; National 
Professional Development Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New 
Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.195N.

    Dates:
    Applications Available: March 18, 2011.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 2, 2011.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 5, 2011.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: Section 3131 of the Elementary and Secondary 
Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), provides for a National 
Professional Development (NPD) program that will award grants on a 
competitive basis, for a period of not more than 5 years, to 
institutions of higher education (in consortia with State educational 
agencies or local educational agencies). These grants support 
professional development activities that are designed to improve 
classroom instruction for English Learners (ELs) and will assist 
educational personnel working with such children to meet high 
professional standards, including standards for certification and 
licensure as teachers who work in language instruction educational 
programs or serve ELs.
    Grants awarded under this program may be used--
    (1) For pre-service professional development programs that will 
assist local schools and institutions of higher education (IHEs) to 
upgrade the qualifications and skills of educational personnel who are 
not certified or licensed, especially educational paraprofessionals;
    (2) For the development of program curricula appropriate to the 
needs of the consortia participants involved; and
    (3) In conjunction with other Federal need-based student financial 
assistance programs, for financial assistance, and costs related to 
tuition, fees, and books for enrolling in courses required to complete 
the degree involved, to meet certification or licensing requirements 
for teachers who work in language instruction educational programs or 
serve ELs.
    Priorities: This notice includes three competitive preference 
priorities and two invitational priorities. Competitive Preference 
Priority 1 is from section 75.225 of the Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) (34 CFR 75.225). Competitive 
Preference Priorities 2 and 3 are from the notice of final supplemental 
priorities and definitions for discretionary grant programs, published 
in the Federal Register on December 15, 2010 (75 FR 78486).
    Competitive Preference Priorities: For FY 2011, these priorities 
are competitive preference priorities. For Competitive Preference 
Priority 1, under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i), we award an additional 5 
points to an applicant that meets the priority. For Competitive 
Preference Priorities 2 and 3, we award up to an additional 5 points 
per priority to an application, depending on how well the application 
meets the priority.

    Note: We will award competitive preference priority points for 
Competitive Preference Priorities 2 and 3 only to applications that 
score 80 or above on the selection criteria. We will award 
competitive preference priority points under Competitive Preference 
Priority 1 to any application that meets that priority.

    These priorities are:
    Competitive Preference Priority 1--Novice Applicants.

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    Under this priority, the Secretary gives special consideration to 
novice applicants. Under 34 CFR 75.225(a), a novice applicant means any 
applicant for a grant from the Department of Education that--
    (1) Has never received a grant or subgrant under the program from 
which it seeks funding;
    (2) Has never been a member of a group application, submitted in 
accordance with 34 CFR 75.127-75.129, that received a grant under the 
program from which it seeks funding; and
    (3) Has not had an active discretionary grant from the Federal 
Government in the five years before the deadline date for applications 
under the program.
    For the purposes of this requirement, a grant is active until the 
end of the grant's project or funding period, including any extensions 
of those periods that extend the grantee's authority to obligate funds. 
In the case of a group application submitted in accordance with 34 CFR 
75.127-75.129, a group applicant is considered a novice applicant if 
the group includes only parties that meet the requirements listed 
above.
    Competitive Preference Priority 2--Enabling More Data-Based 
Decision-Making.
    Projects that are designed to collect (or obtain), analyze, and use 
high-quality and timely data, including data on program participant 
outcomes, in accordance with privacy requirements (as defined in this 
notice), in the following priority area:
    Improving instructional practices, policies, and student outcomes 
in elementary or secondary schools.
    Competitive Preference Priority 3--Promoting Science, Technology, 
Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education.
    Projects that are designed to address the following priority area:
    Increasing the opportunities for high-quality preparation of, or 
professional development for, teachers or other educators of STEM 
subjects.
    Invitational Priorities: For FY 2011, 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--Improving Achievement and High School 
Graduation Rates.
    Projects that are designed to address the following priority area:
    Accelerating learning and helping to improve high school graduation 
rates and college enrollment rates for students in rural local 
educational agencies.
    Invitational Priority 2--Improving Preparation of All Teachers to 
Better Serve English Learners.
    Projects designed to improve a teacher education program at an IHE 
in order to better prepare all participants in a teacher education 
program to provide effective instruction to ELs. In such projects, IHEs 
would collaborate with local educational agencies on activities such 
as:
    (1) Professional development to improve the ability of teacher 
preparation faculty and content faculty at IHEs in preparing 
prospective teachers to teach ELs; and
    (2) The development of teacher education curricula that--
    (a) Are aligned with State content standards in academic subjects 
and State English language proficiency standards; and
    (b) Prepare all teacher candidates in an IHE to provide instruction 
that accelerates ELs' acquisition of language, literacy, and content 
knowledge.
    Definition: The following definition is from the notice of final 
supplemental priorities and definitions for discretionary grant 
programs, published in the Federal Register on December 15, 2010 (75 FR 
78486) and applies to Competitive Preference Priority 2.
    Privacy requirements means the requirements of the Family 
Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. 1232g, and its 
implementing regulations in 34 CFR part 99, the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. 
552a, as well as all applicable Federal, State and local requirements 
regarding privacy.
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 6861.
    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, and 99. (b) The notice of final supplemental 
priorities and definitions for discretionary grant programs, published 
in the Federal Register on December 15, 2010 (75 FR 78486).

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
    Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested 
$17,846,355 for new awards for this program for FY 2011. The actual 
level of funding, if any, depends on final congressional action. 
However, we are inviting applications to allow enough time to complete 
the grant process if Congress appropriates funds for this program.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $275,000-$400,000 per year, for each 
year of the grant.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $337,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 53.

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

    Project Period: Up to 60 months.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: IHEs, in consortia with local educational 
agencies (LEAs) or State educational agencies (SEAs).
    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:
    Yvonne Mathieu, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, 
SW., Room 5C138, Washington, DC 20202-6510. Telephone: (202) 401-1461 
or by e-mail: Yvonne.Mathieu@ed.gov. If you request an 
application package by e-mail, please include ``84.195N Application 
Request'' in the subject heading of your e-mail.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the 
Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.
    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 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 the 
application narrative to the equivalent of no more than 35 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, 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).

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     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 two-page abstract. 
However, the page limit does apply to all of the application narrative 
section in 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: March 18, 2011.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 2, 2011.
    Applications for grants under this program must be submitted 
electronically using the Grants.gov Apply site (Grants.gov). 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. 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 persons 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 5, 2011.
    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 program.
    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, you must--
    a. Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and a 
Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);
    b. Register both your DUNS number and TIN with the Central 
Contractor Registry (CCR), the Government's primary registrant 
database;
    c. Provide your DUNS number and TIN on your application; and
    d. Maintain an active CCR registration with current information 
while your application is under review by the Department and, if you 
are awarded a grant, during the project period.
    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.
    In addition, if you are submitting your application via Grants.gov, 
you must (1) be designated by your organization as an Authorized 
Organization Representative (AOR); and (2) register yourself with 
Grants.gov as an AOR. Details on these steps are outlined in the 
Grants.gov 3-Step Registration Guide (see 
http://www.grants.gov/section910/Grants.govRegistrationBrochure.pdf).
    7. Other Submission Requirements:
    Applications for grants under this program 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 NPD program, CFDA number 84.195N, 
must be submitted electronically using the Governmentwide Grants.gov 
Apply site at www.Grants.gov. You may not e-mail an electronic copy of 
a grant application to us.
    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.
    You may access the electronic grant application for the National 
Professional Development program at http://www.Grants.gov. You must 
search for the downloadable application package for this program by the 
CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA number's alpha suffix in your 
search (e.g., search for 84.195, not 84.195N).
    Please note the following:
     When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find 
information about submitting an application electronically through the 
site, as well as the hours of operation.
     Applications received by Grants.gov are date and time 
stamped. Your application must be fully uploaded and submitted and must 
be date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system no later than 4:30:00 
p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. Except as 
otherwise noted in this section, we will not accept your application if 
it is received--that is, date and time stamped by the Grants.gov 
system--after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application 
deadline date. We do not consider an application that does not comply 
with the deadline requirements. When we retrieve your application from 
Grants.gov, we will notify you if we are rejecting your application 
because it was date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system after 
4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date.
     The amount of time it can take to upload an application 
will vary depending on a variety of factors, including the size of the 
application and the speed of your Internet connection. Therefore, we 
strongly recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline 
date to begin the submission process through Grants.gov.
     You should review and follow the Education Submission 
Procedures for submitting an application through Grants.gov that are 
included in the application package for this program to ensure that you 
submit your application in a timely manner to the Grants.gov system. 
You can also find the Education Submission Procedures pertaining to 
Grants.gov under News and Events on the Department's G5 system home 
page at http://www.G5.gov.

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     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 upload any narrative sections and all other 
attachments to your application as files in a .PDF (Portable Document) 
format only. If you upload a file type other than .PDF 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.
     After you electronically submit your application, you will 
receive from Grants.gov an automatic notification of receipt that 
contains a Grants.gov tracking number. (This notification indicates 
receipt by Grants.gov only, not receipt by the Department.) The 
Department then will retrieve your application from Grants.gov and send 
a second notification to you by e-mail. This second notification 
indicates that the Department has received your application and has 
assigned your application a PR/Award number (an ED-specified 
identifying number unique to your application).
     We may request that you provide us original signatures on 
forms at a later date.
    Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of Technical Issues 
with the Grants.gov System: If you are experiencing problems submitting 
your application through Grants.gov, please contact the Grants.gov 
Support Desk, toll free, at 1-800-518-4726. You must obtain a 
Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number and must keep a record of it.
    If you are prevented from electronically submitting your 
application on the application deadline date because of technical 
problems with the Grants.gov system, we will grant you an extension 
until 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, the following business day to 
enable you to transmit your application electronically or by hand 
delivery. You also may mail your application by following the mailing 
instructions described elsewhere in this notice.
    If you submit an application after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC 
time, on the application deadline date, please contact the person 
listed under For Further Information Contact in section VII of this 
notice and provide an explanation of the technical problem you 
experienced with Grants.gov, along with the Grants.gov Support Desk 
Case Number. We will accept your application if we can confirm that a 
technical problem occurred with the Grants.gov system and that that 
problem affected your ability to submit your application by 4:30:00 
p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. The 
Department will contact you after a determination is made on whether 
your application will be accepted.

    Note: The extensions to which we refer in this section apply 
only to the unavailability of, or technical problems with, the 
Grants.gov system. We will not grant you an extension if you failed 
to fully register to submit your application to Grants.gov before 
the application deadline date and time or if the technical problem 
you experienced is unrelated to the Grants.gov system.

    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 the Grants.gov system because--
     You do not have access to the Internet; or
     You do not have the capacity to upload large documents to 
the Grants.gov system; 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 
prevent 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: Ana Maria Garcia, U.S. 
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 5C147, 
Washington, DC 20202. FAX: (202) 260-1292.
    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 84.195N), 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 84.195N), 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

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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 competition 
are from 34 CFR 75.210 of EDGAR. The maximum score for all of these 
criteria is 100 points. The maximum score for each criterion is 
indicated in parentheses.
    The notes that we have included after each criterion are guidance 
to assist applicants in understanding the criterion as they prepare 
their applications, and are not required by statute or regulation.
    (a) Quality of the project design. (40 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 goals, objectives, and outcomes to be 
achieved by the proposed project are clearly specified and measurable. 
(35 points)
    (2) The extent to which the design of the proposed project reflects 
up-to-date knowledge from research and effective practice. (5 points)

    Notes for Quality of the Project Design: In responding to this 
criterion, the applicant may wish to describe a plan to carry out 
activities under the grant as part of its required consortium with 
one or more LEAs or SEAs, including how each member will be involved 
in the planning, development, and implementation of the project; the 
resources to be provided by each partner(s); the specific activities 
that the partner(s) will contribute to the grant during each year of 
the project; and the identity of each member of the consortium.

    (b) 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 factors:
    (1) The qualifications, including relevant training and experience, 
of the project director or principal investigator. (5 points)
    (2) The qualifications, including relevant training and experience, 
of key project personnel. (5 points)

    Notes for Quality of the project personnel: The applicant may 
address the factors under this criterion by including position 
descriptions (not resumes) for the project director and other key 
personnel, such as the evaluator of the program.

    (c) Quality of the management plan. (20 points)
    The Secretary considers the quality of the management plan for the 
proposed project. In determining the quality of the management plan for 
the proposed project, the Secretary considers the following factors:
    (1) 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. (15 points)
    (2) The extent to which the time commitment of the project director 
and principal investigator and other key project personnel are 
appropriate and adequate to meet the objectives of the proposed 
project. (5 points)

    Notes for Quality of the management plan: In responding to this 
criterion, the applicant may wish to include a narrative that 
describes how and when, in each budget period of the project, the 
applicant plans to meet each project objective.

    The applicant may also want to consider addressing the factors 
under this criterion by including a clear, well-thought-out management 
plan that includes annual timelines, key project milestones, a schedule 
of activities, the persons responsible for each activity, and the 
percentage of time the project director, partner(s) staff, consultants, 
and other key personnel will spend in the project.
    (d) Quality of the project evaluation. (30 points) The Secretary 
considers the quality of the evaluation to be conducted of the proposed 
project. In determining the quality of the evaluation, the Secretary 
considers the following factors:
    (1) The extent to which the methods of evaluation are thorough, 
feasible, and appropriate to the goals, objectives, and outcomes of the 
proposed project. (10 points)
    (2) 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. (10 points)
    (3) The extent to which the methods of evaluation will provide 
performance feedback and permit periodic assessment of progress toward 
achieving intended outcomes. (10 points)

    Note for Quality of the project evaluation: Applicants may wish 
to consider addressing the factors under this criterion by 
describing how the evaluation plan is aligned with the goals, 
objectives and activities described under the Quality of Project 
Design criterion. In addition, each applicant may wish to explain 
how each objective will be evaluated and when the applicant will 
collect, analyze, and report quantitative and qualitative data on 
project measures and Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) 
performance measures.

    2. Review and Selection Process: We remind potential applicants 
that in reviewing applications in any discretionary grant competition, 
the Secretary may consider, under 34 CFR 75.217(d)(3), the past 
performance of the applicant in carrying out a previous award, such as 
the applicant's use of funds, achievement of project objectives, and 
compliance with grant conditions. The Secretary may also consider 
whether the applicant failed to submit a timely performance report or 
submitted a report of unacceptable quality.
    In addition, in making a competitive grant award, the Secretary 
also requires various assurances including those applicable to Federal 
civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or 
activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department 
of Education (34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).
    3. Special Conditions: Under 34 CFR 74.14 and 80.12, the Secretary 
may impose special conditions on a grant if the applicant or grantee is 
not financially stable; has a history of unsatisfactory performance; 
has a financial or other management system that does not meet the 
standards in 34 CFR parts 74 or 80, as applicable; has not fulfilled 
the conditions of a prior grant; or is otherwise not responsible.

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.

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    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. Transparency and Open Government Policy: After awards are made 
under this competition, all of the submitted successful applications, 
together with reviewer scores and comments, will be posted on the 
Department's Web site.
    4. Reporting: (a) If you apply for a grant under this competition, 
you must ensure that you have in place the necessary processes and 
systems to comply with the reporting requirements in 2 CFR part 170 
should you receive funding under the competition. This does not apply 
if you have an exception under 2 CFR 170.110(b).
    (b) 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.html.
    5. Performance Measures: Under GPRA, Federal departments and 
agencies must clearly describe the goals and objectives of programs, 
identify resources and actions needed to accomplish goals and 
objectives, develop a means of measuring progress made, and regularly 
report on achievement. One important source of program information on 
successes and lessons learned is the project evaluation conducted under 
individual grants. The Department has developed the following GPRA 
performance measures for evaluating the overall effectiveness of the 
NPD program: Measure 1.1: The percentage of pre-service program 
completers who are State and/or locally certified, licensed, or 
endorsed in EL instruction. Measure 1.2: The percentage of pre-service 
program completers who are placed in instructional settings serving EL 
students within one year of program completion. Measure 1.3: The 
percentage of pre-service program completers who are providing 
instructional services to EL students 3 years after program completion.
    Measure 1.4: The percentage of paraprofessional program completers 
who meet State and/or local qualifications for paraprofessionals 
working with EL students.
    Measure 1.5: The percentage of in-service teacher completers who 
complete State and/or local certification, licensure, or endorsement 
requirements in EL instruction as a result of the program.
    Measure 1.6: The percentage of in-service teacher completers who 
are providing instructional services to EL students.
    6. Continuation Awards:
    In making a continuation award, the Secretary may consider, under 
34 CFR 75.253, the extent to which a grantee has made ``substantial 
progress toward meeting the objectives in its approved application.'' 
This consideration includes the review of a grantee's progress in 
meeting the targets and projected outcomes in its approved application, 
and whether the grantee has expended funds in a manner that is 
consistent with its approved application and budget. In making a 
continuation grant, the Secretary also requires various assurances and, 
in making a continuation award, considers whether the grantee is 
operating in compliance with the assurances in its approved 
application, including those applicable to Federal civil rights laws 
that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities receiving 
Federal financial assistance from the Department (34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 
106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).

VII. Agency Contacts

    For Further Information Contact: Ana Garcia, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 5C147, Washington, DC 20202-
6510. Telephone: (202) 401-1440, or by e-mail: Ana.Garcia@ed.gov; Diana 
Schneider, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 
5C139, Washington, DC 20202-6510. Telephone: (202) 401-1456, or by e-
mail: Diana.Schneider@ed.gov; or Sharon Coleman, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 5C136, Washington, DC 20202-
6510. Telephone: (202) 401-1452, or by e-mail: Sharon.Coleman@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 persons 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 via the Federal Digital System at: 
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys.


    Dated: March 15, 2011.
Rosalinda Barrera,
Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director for English Language 
Acquisition, Language Enhancement and Academic Achievement for Limited 
English Proficient Students.
[FR Doc. 2011-6459 Filed 3-17-11; 8:45 am]
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