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SEC. 219. OPPORTUNITY-TO-LEARN DEVELOPMENT GRANT.
- (a) OPPORTUNITY-TO-LEARN DEVELOPMENT GRANTS.--
- (1) IN GENERAL.--The Secretary is authorized to award more than one grant, on a competitive basis, to consortia of individuals and organizations to develop voluntary national opportunity-to-learn standards consistent with the provisions of section 213(c), and to develop a listing of model programs for use, on a voluntary basis, by States, which standards and listing may be used to--
- (A) provide all students with an opportunity to learn;
- (B) assess the capacity and performance of individual schools; and
- (C) develop appropriate actions to be taken in the event that the schools fail to achieve such standards.
- (2) COMPOSITION OF CONSORTIA.--To the extent possible, each consortium shall include the participation of--
- (A) State-level policymakers, such as Governors, State legislators, chief State school officers, and State school board members;
- (B) local policymakers and administrators, such as local school board members, superintendents, and principals;
- (C) teachers (especially teachers involved in the development of content standards) and related services personnel;
- (D) parents and individuals with experience in promoting parental involvement in education;
- (E) representatives of business;
- (F) experts in vocational-technical education;
- (G) representatives of regional accrediting associations;
- (H) individuals with expertise in school finance and equity, the education of at-risk students, and the preparation and training of teachers and school administrators;
- (I) curriculum and school reform experts;
- (J) representatives of advocacy groups, including student and civil rights advocacy groups;
- (K) representatives of higher education; and
- (L) secondary school students.
- (3) DUTIES OF CONSORTIA.--In developing voluntary national opportunity-to-learn standards, each consortium shall--
- (A) draw upon current research about student achievement and the necessary conditions for effective teaching and learning; and
- (B) provide for the development of more than one draft of standards which incorporate the comments and recommendations of educators and other knowledgeable individuals across the Nation.
- (4) EXPERTISE OR BACKGROUND.--One-third of the members of each consortium shall consist of individuals with expertise or background in the educational needs and assessment of children who are from low-income families, are from minority backgrounds, have limited-English proficiency, or have disabilities.
- (5) GEOGRAPHIC REPRESENTATION.--The membership of each consortium shall be geographically representative and reflect the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of the United States.
- (b) APPLICATIONS.--
- (1) GRANTS FOR CONSORTIUM.--Each consortium that desires to receive a grant under this subsection shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information and assurances as the Secretary may require.
- (2) AWARD CONSIDERATION.--In establishing additional priorities and selection criteria for awarding more than one grant, the Secretary shall give serious consideration to the recommendations made by the Council pursuant to section 213(c)(4)(A).
- (c) REPORT.--After the development of the voluntary national opportunity-to-learn standards, each consortium receiving assistance under this section shall submit a report to the Secretary which discusses the background, important issues, and rationale regarding such standards.
SEC. 218. DIRECTOR AND STAFF; EXPERTS AND CONSULTANTS.
SEC. 220. ASSESSMENT DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION GRANTS.