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Part II





Department of Education





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34 CFR Subtitle B, Chapter II



Race to the Top Fund; Final Rule and Notice


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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

34 CFR Subtitle B, Chapter II

[Docket ID ED-2009-OESE-0006]
RIN 1810-AB07

 
Race to the Top Fund

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Final priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection 
criteria; correction.

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SUMMARY: On November 18, 2009, the Department of Education published a 
document in the Federal Register announcing final priorities, 
requirements, definitions, and selection criteria (``Final Rule'') for 
the Race to the Top Fund. Included as Appendix B to the November 18 
Final Rule was the Scoring Rubric that the Department developed for the 
scoring of State applications submitted under this program. This 
document makes several corrections to Appendix B to the November 18 
Final Rule.

DATES: Effective Date: January 27, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James Butler, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 3E108, Washington, DC 20202-
6400. Telephone: (202) 205-37705 or by e-mail: racetothetop@ed.gov.
    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 this document in an 
accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the contact listed in this section.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Correction

    Appendix B to the November 18 Final Rule (74 FR 59688) provided a 
scoring rubric containing a rubric and allocation of point values that 
peer reviewers will use to score applications from States under the 
Race to the Top Fund. Appendix B contained several errors that we are 
correcting in this notice.
    First, the chart on pages 59814 and 59815 omitted certain maximum 
point values for the selection criteria. The corrected chart provided 
in this notice includes new rows for point values 6, 8, and 28. It does 
not change any of the previously published rows.
    Second, in several instances throughout Appendix B, in providing 
General Reviewer Guidance for certain of the selection criteria, we 
refer reviewers to application requirement (d) (Current Status and 
Evidence) when the reference should not have been included or the 
reference should have been to application requirement (e) (Plan for Use 
of Funds).
    Finally, there was an error in the ``Reviewer Guidance Specific to 
Criterion (F)(2)(iii)'' on page 59825. We incorrectly stated both that 
``low'' points would be awarded if a State does not have a charter 
school law and that no points are earned if the State has no charter 
school law. The reference to ``low'' points being awarded if a State 
does not have a charter school law was incorrect.
    To correct these errors, the Department makes the following 
corrections to the November 12 Final Rule:
    1. On pages 59814 and 59815, the chart is removed and replaced with 
the following chart:

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                                                                        Quality of applicant's response
                     Maximum point value                      --------------------------------------------------
                                                                     Low             Medium            High
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45...........................................................            0-12            13-33            34-45
40...........................................................            0-10            11-29            30-40
35...........................................................             0-9            10-25            26-35
30...........................................................             0-8             9-21            22-30
28...........................................................             0-8             9-20            21-28
25...........................................................             0-7             8-18            19-25
21...........................................................             0-5             6-15            16-21
20...........................................................             0-5             6-14            15-20
15...........................................................             0-4             5-10            11-15
14...........................................................             0-4              5-9            10-14
10...........................................................             0-2              3-7             8-10
8............................................................             0-2              3-5              6-8
7............................................................             0-2              3-4              5-7
6............................................................             0-1              2-3              4-6
5............................................................             0-1              2-3              4-5
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    2. On page 59815, under the heading ``General Reviewer Guidance for 
(A)(1),'' ``, and to the elements of a high-quality plan as set forth 
in application requirement (d)'' is removed.
    3. On page 59816, under the heading ``General Reviewer Guidance for 
(A)(2),'' ``application requirement (d)'' is replaced with 
``application requirement (e)''.
    4. On page 59819, under the heading ``General Reviewer Guidance for 
(B)(3),'' ``application requirement (d)'' is replaced with 
``application requirement (e)''.
    5. On page 59819, under the heading ``General Reviewer Guidance for 
(C)(2),'' ``application requirement (d)'' is replaced with 
``application requirement (e)''.
    6. On page 59820, under the heading ``General Reviewer Guidance for 
(C)(3),'' ``application requirement (d)'' is replaced with 
``application requirement (e)''.
    7. On page 59821, under the heading ``General Reviewer Guidance for 
(D)(2),'' ``application requirement (d)'' is replaced with 
``application requirement (e)''.
    8. On page 59822, under the heading ``General Reviewer Guidance for 
(D)(3),'' ``application requirement (d)'' is replaced with 
``application requirement (e)''.
    9. On page 59822, under the heading ``General Reviewer Guidance for 
(D)(4),'' ``application requirement (d)'' is replaced with 
``application requirement (e)''.
    10. On page 59822, under the heading ``General Reviewer Guidance 
for (D)(5),'' ``application requirement (d)'' is replaced with 
``application requirement (e)''.
    11. On page 59823, under the heading ``General Reviewer Guidance 
for (E)(2),'' ``application requirement (d)'' is replaced with 
``application requirement (e)''.
    12. On page 59825, under the heading ``Reviewer Guidance Specific 
to (F)(2)(iii),'' the third bulleted sentence

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that reads `` `Low' points are earned if the per-pupil funding to 
charter school students is <=79% of that which is provided to 
traditional public school students, or the State does not have a 
charter school law.'' is removed and replaced with the following:
    ``Low'' points are earned if the per-pupil funding to charter 
school students is <=79% of that which is provided to traditional 
public school students.
    Program Authority: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 
2009, Division A, Section 14006, Public Law 111-5.

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    Dated: January 20, 2010.
Thelma Mel[eacute]ndez de Santa Ana,
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