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  1. What is the purpose of the NAM Program?
  2. Is it the policy of the United States to support the use of Native American languages?
  3. Who is eligible to apply for a grant under the NAM Program?
  4. Is there a Cost Sharing or Matching requirement?
  5. Can a school district with Title III formula grant funds be a recipient of the NAM grant funding as well?
  6. Are there any requirements concerning the participation of private school children and their teachers that apply to this program?
  7. Are grantees permitted to use funds for a planning period?
  8. What are the reporting requirements for NAM grantees?
  9. What is the estimated number and range of awards for the NAM 2016 Competition?
  10. If awarded a grant, may a grantee count on receiving funding for the full period of five years?
  11. What are the differences between an absolute, a competitive and an invitational priority?
  12. What are the absolute, competitive and invitational priorities for the NAM 2016 Competition?
  13. What is GPRA?
  14. How should an applicant address the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) measures in its application?
  15. What are the GPRA measures for the FY2016 NAM Competition?
  16. How are performance targets set for the GPRA measures?
  17. What information should be included in the project abstract?
  18. How are applications selected for funding?
  19. Is an applicant’s past performance a factor in the application review process?
  20. Is there a page-limit to the NAM application?
  21. How long does it take the Department of Education to complete the review process and when will funds be available?
  22. How does an applicant comply with Executive Order 12372, the Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs?
  23. How do I get a copy of the NAM grant application?
  24. Why is it helpful for a potential applicant to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply?
  25. Do I need to register to apply electronically for the NAM Program?
  26. Where does a potential applicant locate resources, information, on NAM Program and application support?
  27. In what format can an application be submitted under the FY 2016 NAM Program competition?
  28. May applicants submit personnel resumes as an appendix to the application?
  29. How much time does it take to upload an application?
  30. What should an applicant do in order to submit an electronic application on time?
  31. How would an applicant know that the application has been successfully submitted?
  32. What is a “language instruction educational program?”
  33. What are the terms “Native American” and “Native American Language?”
  34. What does the term “Indian tribe” mean?
  35. What is a “Native Hawaiian or Native American Pacific Islander Educational Organization”?
  36. What is a tribally sanctioned education authority?
  37. What is the definition of a LEA or "local educational agency"?
  38. What is the definition of an "institution of higher education"?
  39. What does community engagement mean?
  40. What is the definition of an English learner?
  41. What is a Logic model (also referred to as Theory of Action)?
  42. What does parent and family engagement mean?
  43. What does a sustained partnership mean?
  44. What is the definition of Strong theory?
  45. What does student achievement mean?
  46. What does systemic initiative mean?
  47. What is a performance target?

1. What is the purpose of the NAM Program?

The purpose of the Native American and Alaska Native Children in School (NAM) program is to award grants to eligible entities to develop and enhance capacity to provide effective instruction and support to Native American students, including Native Hawaiian and Native American Pacific Islander, who are identified as English learners (ELs). The goal of this program is to support the teaching, learning, and studying of Native American languages while also increasing the English language proficiency of students served to meet challenging State academic content and achievement standards.

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2. Is it the policy of the United States to support the use of Native American languages?

Under the Native American Languages Act, 25 U.S.C. 2903, it is the policy of the United States to encourage and support the use of Native American languages as a medium of instruction in order to encourage and support–-

• Native American language survival, • educational opportunity, • increased student success and performance, • increased student awareness and knowledge of their culture and history, and • increased student and community pride.

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3. Who is eligible to apply for a grant under the NAM Program?

The following entities that carry out programs for individuals served by elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools primarily for Native American children (including Alaska Native children) are eligible applicants under this program:

• Indian tribes • Tribally sanctioned educational authorities • Native Hawaiian or Native American Pacific Islander native language educational organizations Elementary schools or secondary schools that are operated or funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), or a consortium of such schools • Elementary schools or secondary schools operated under a contract with or grant from the BIE in consortium with another such school or a tribal or community organization • Elementary schools or secondary schools operated by the BIA and an institution of higher education (IHE), in consortium with elementary schools or secondary schools operated under a contract with or a grant from the BIA or a tribal or community organization

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4. Is there a Cost Sharing or Matching requirement?

This program does not require cost sharing or matching.

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5. Can a school district with Title III formula grant funds be a recipient of the NAM grant funding as well?

Under Section 3112(c) of the ESEA, as reauthorized by NCLB, English Learner students served under NAM grants shall not be included in the child count submitted by a school district under Section 3114(a) for purposes of receiving funding under the English Acquisition State Grant’s program.

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6. Are there any requirements concerning the participation of private school children and their teachers that apply to this program?

An entity that receives a grant under the Native American and Alaska Native Children in School Program must provide for the equitable participation of private school children and their teachers or other educational personnel.

In order to ensure that grant program activities address the needs of private school children, the applicant must engage in timely and meaningful consultation with appropriate private school officials during the design and development of the program. This consultation must take place before the applicant makes any decision that affects the opportunities for participation by eligible private school children, teachers, and other educational personnel. Administrative direction and control over grant funds must remain with the grantee. (See section 9501 of the ESEA, Participation by Private School Children and Teachers.)

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7. Are grantees permitted to use funds for a planning period?

Grantees are permitted to use funds for a planning period. An applicant that proposes a planning period should describe the activities it proposes to conduct during the planning period. A grantee may, or may not, serve participants during a planning period.

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8. What are the reporting requirements for NAM grantees?

All NAM grantees must submit an annual performance report (APR) that provides the most current performance and financial expenditure information. The APR must include information on performance outcomes related to the GPRA as well as project-specific performance measures. The Department will consider this data in making annual continuation awards. At the end of the project period, grantees must submit a final performance report, including financial information, goal attainment, and program evaluation.

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9. What is the estimated number and range of awards for the NAM 2016 Competition?

The total estimated available fund for the NAM 2016 Competition is $3,223,778. The estimated range of awards is $275,000-$325,000 annually. The estimated number of awards is 10. However, The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice.

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10. If awarded a grant, may a grantee count on receiving funding for the full period of five years?

The actual level of program funding, if any, depends on final Congressional action each fiscal year and whether substantial progress has been made toward meeting the project objectives and program performance measures.

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11. What are the differences between an absolute, a competitive and an invitational priority?

All applicants must address the absolute priority in order for their applications to be eligible for reviewing. Applicants are not required, but may choose to address the competitive or invitational priorities. Applications that satisfactorily address how a competitive priority would be met in their proposal narrative may receive additional points. Applications that address and meet an invitational priority receive no preference over other applications.

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12. What are the absolute, competitive and invitational priorities for the NAM 2016 Competition?

- Absolute Priority: Supporting the learning, and studying of Native American languages while also increasing the English language proficiency of the children served under such a project.

- Competitive Preference Priority : Early Learning and Development Outcomes (0 to 5 points): - Invitational Priority : Parent, Family, and Community Engagement

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13. What is GPRA?

Under the Government Performance and Results Act (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.

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14. How should an applicant address the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) measures in its application?

Applicants should develop a thorough understanding of the NAM program GPRA measures and propose an annual and a final measurable target for each of GPRA measures based on the first year baseline data. Applicants should include information on how these targets will be met in their program design, management plan, budget, and evaluation plan.

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15. What are the GPRA measures for the FY2016 NAM Competition?

The Department has developed the following GPRA performance measures for evaluating the overall effectiveness of the NAM program:

• Measure 1: The number and percentage of English learners (ELs) served by the program who score proficient or above on the state reading assessment. • Measure 2: The number and percentage of ELs served by the program who are making progress in learning English as measured by the State approved English language proficiency assessment. • Measure 3: The number and percentage of ELs served by the program who are attaining proficiency in English as measured by the State approved English language proficiency assessment. (Note: Data from local assessments are acceptable for evaluation under a performance measure, only in cases in which a grantee is in a state that is undergoing an assessment transition.) • Measure 4: The number and percentage of students served by a NAM grant who are enrolled in Native language instruction programs. • Measure 5: The number and percentage of students making progress in learning a Native language, as determined by each grantee, including through measures such as performance tasks, portfolios, and pre and post-tests. • Measure 6: The number and percentage of students who are attaining proficiency in a Native language as determined by each grantee, including through measures such as performance tasks, portfolios, and pre- and post-tests. • Measure 7: For programs that received competitive preference points, the number and percentage of preschool children ages three and four enrolled in the program. • Measure 8: For programs that received competitive preference points, the number and percentage of preschool children ages three and four who are screened for developmental or cognitive delays. • Measure 9: For programs that received competitive preference points, the number and percentage of coordination contacts with between elementary schools and early learning programs to improve coordination and transition of children from preschool to kindergarten.

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16. How are performance targets set for the GPRA measures?
Applicants must provide baseline data (as defined in this notice) for each of the project performance measures listed in (a) and explain how each proposed baseline data is related to program outcomes; or, if the applicant has determined that there are no established baseline data for a particular performance measure, explain why there is no established baseline and explain how and when, during the project period, the applicant will establish a baseline for the performance measure.

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17. What information should be included in the project abstract?

The project abstract is a one-page, single-spaced summary of your project. It should include the following:

1) Institution: state the official name the applicant’s Institution or Entity 2) Eligibility: state the eligibility criteria the applicant meets 3) Native Language(s): name all the native language(s) of the project participants 4) Partners: identify all the participating BIEs, LEAs or SEAs if apply as a consortium 5) Project Title: state the title of the proposed project 6) Priorities: Indicate which, if any, of the competitive and invitational priorities your project is addressing 7) Project Goals: state proposed project goals, objectives, and performance outcomes 8) Project Description: state a brief description of major project activities 9) School Data: provide key school information including participating schools, grades, total number of students to be served, total number of participating Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaii and Pacific Islander students. 10) Contact: Project Director’s name, telephone and e-mail

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18. How are applications selected for funding?

Peer reviewers will review all eligible applications for NAM grants that are submitted by the established deadline. Readers will review and score all eligible applications on the following selection criteria: The quality of the project design, the quality of project personnel, the quality of the management plan, and the quality of the project evaluation plan.

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19. Is an applicant’s past performance a factor in the application review process?

Yes. The Department will take into consideration the potential applicant’s past performance in carrying out a previous award, such as the applicant’s use of funds, achievement of project objectives, and compliance with grant conditions. The Department may also consider whether the applicant failed to submit a timely performance report or submitted a report of unacceptable quality.

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20. Is there a page-limit to the NAM application?

Yes. NAM grant program applicants must limit the application proposal narrative to no more than 35 double-spaced pages All tables, charts, and graphs included in the narrative must be double-spaced as well. Applicants are also strongly encouraged not to include lengthy appendices that contain information that they were unable to include within the page limits for the narrative. Your application will be rejected if you exceed the page limit or if you apply standards other than those set out in the NIA and exceed the equivalent of the page limit.

In addition to the proposal narrative, applicants must submit all required documents including 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.

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21. How long does it take the Department of Education to complete the review process and when will funds be available?

Most review processes take about four to six months from the deadline date through the issuance of the signed Grant Award Notification. The list of grantees will be published at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/naancs/index.html and http://www.ncela.us/

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22. How does an applicant comply with Executive Order 12372, the Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs?

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.

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23. How do I get a copy of the NAM grant application?

You may access the electronic grant application for the NAM program at www.Grants.gov. You must search for the downloadable application package for this competition by the CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA number’s alpha suffix in your search (e.g., search for 84.365, not 84. 365C.)

You can also obtain an application package via the Internet using the following address: www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.html or from the Education Publications Center (ED Pubs) at its website www.EDPubs.gov; at its email address: edpubs@inet.ed.gov or contacting 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) or a text telephone (TTY), call, toll free: 1-877-576-7734.

Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of the application package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) by contacting the person listed under Accessible Format in section VIII of this notice. For this NAM 2016 Competition, please use: CFDA 84.365C

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24. Why is it helpful for a potential applicant to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply?

A Notice of Intent to Apply from potential applicants informs the Department the approximate number of applications the program may receive so that the grant review process can be more efficiently planned. We strongly encourage each potential applicant to notify us of the applicant’s intent to submit an application by emailing NAM2016@ed.gov with the subject line: Intent to Apply and include in the content of the email the following information: (1) the applicant organization’s name and address, and (2) any competitive preference priority and/or invitational priority the applicant is addressing in the application. Applicants that do not complete this form may still submit an application.

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25. Do I need to register to apply electronically for the NAM Program?

Yes. To submit your application via Grants.gov, you must complete the SAM registration process which may take seven or more business days. You may begin working on your application while completing the registration process, but you cannot submit an application until all of the Registration steps are complete. For detailed information on the Registration Steps, please go to: http://www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp [Note: Your organization will need to update its SAM registration annually (formerly Central Contractor Registry (CCR).] Applicants should begin the process of registering, or confirming their registration, with SAM and grants.gov as early as possible.

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26. Where does a potential applicant locate resources, information, on NAM Program and application support?

Potential applicants may 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: www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.html. For guidance on ED's discretionary grant process and the laws and regulations that govern it, please refer to “Grant making at ED: Answers to Your Questions about the Discretionary Grants Process” at: http://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/about/grantmaking/index.html Additional resources can be found at the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition website: http://www.ncela.us/ The NAM program office intends to hold Webinars designed to provide technical assistance to interested applicants. Detailed information regarding these meetings will be provided on the NAM Web site at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/naancs/index.html Applicants may use resources such as the Pacific Education Laboratory’s Education Logic Model Application (http://relpacific.mcrel.org/resources/elm-app) to help design their logic models.

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27. In what format can an application be submitted under the FY 2016 NAM Program competition?

Applications for grants under the NAM program must be in non-modifiable Portable Document Format (PDF) and submitted electronically via Grants.gov. Through this site, applicants will be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload to submit your application. Applicants may not email an electronic copy of a grant application to the Department. An application submitted in paper format will be rejected unless the applicant is qualified for one of the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement as described in the NAM Notice Inviting Applications.

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 at the following Grants.gov Web page: www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html. Applicants should begin the process of registering, or confirming their registration, with SAM and grants.gov as early as possible.

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28. May applicants submit personnel resumes as an appendix to the application?

Applicants should address qualifications of personnel in the narrative response to the key personnel criterion. Applicants are requested not to submit resumes, but instead provide position descriptions for key personnel, including current staff, as well as those it expects to recruit. In addition applicants may want to describe relevant training and experience of key personnel who are current employees, which may include, for example, the project director, the project coordinator, project evaluators, and LEA and SEA partner staff.

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29. How much time does it take to upload an application?

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. Applicants must upload any narrative sections and all other application attachments as files in a read-only, non-modifiable Portable Document Format (PDF). Note: To submit successfully, you must provide the DUNS number on your application that was used when you registered as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) on Grants.gov. This DUNS number is typically the same number used when your organization registered with the SAM (formerly CCR -Central Contractor Registry). If you do not enter the same DUNS number on your application as the DUNS you registered with, Grants.gov will reject your application.

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30. What should an applicant do in order to submit an electronic application on time?

You should review and follow the Education Submission Procedures for submitting an application through Grants.gov that are included in the application package for the NAM Program to ensure that you submit your application in a timely manner to the Grants.gov system. 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 to be eligible for reviewing. For specific guidance and procedures for submitting an application through Grants.gov, please refer to the Grants.gov Web site at: www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/apply-for-grants.html

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31. How would an applicant know that the application has been successfully submitted?

You will want to verify that Grants.gov received your application submission on time and that it was validated successfully. To see the date/time your application was received, login to Grants.gov and click on the Track My Application link. For a successful submission, the date/time received should be earlier than 4:30:00 p.m. Washington, DC time, on the deadline date, AND the application status should be: Validated, Received by Agency, or Agency Tracking Number Assigned. Once the Department of Education receives your application from Grants.gov, an Agency Tracking Number (PR/award number) will be assigned to your application and will be available for viewing on Grants.gov’s Track My Application link.

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32. What is a “language instruction educational program?”

(A) In which a limited English proficient child is placed for the purpose of developing and attaining English proficiency, while meeting challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards, as required by section 1111(b)(1); and

(B) That may make instructional use of both English and a child’s native language to enable the child to develop and attain English proficiency, and may include the participation of English proficient children if such course is designed to enable all participating children to become proficient in English and a second language. (Section 3301 of the ESEA)

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33. What are the terms “Native American” and “Native American Language?”

The terms “Native American” and “Native American Language” are defined, under Section 3201(9) of ESEA, as reauthorized by ESSA, to have the same meaning as those terms have under Section 103 of the Native American Languages Act. Under that Act, these terms are defined as follows. “Native American” means an Indian, Native Hawaiian, or Native American Pacific Islander. “Native American language” means the historical, traditional language spoken by Native Americans.

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34. What does the term “Indian tribe” mean?

“Indian tribe” means any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Native village or Regional Corporation or Village Corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, that is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians. (ESEA Section 3301 (7)).

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35. What is a “Native Hawaiian or Native American Pacific Islander Educational Organization”?

“Native Hawaiian or Native American Pacific Islander native language educational organization” means a nonprofit organization with — (A) a majority of its governing board and employees consisting of fluent speakers of the traditional Native American languages used in the organization's educational programs; and (B) not less than 5 years successful experience in providing educational services in traditional Native American languages. (ESEA Section 3301 (10))

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36. What is a tribally sanctioned education authority?

The term “tribally sanctioned educational authority” means- (A) Any department or division of education operating within the administrative structure of the duly constituted governing body of an Indian tribe; and (B) Any nonprofit institution or organization that is — (i)Chartered by the governing body of an Indian tribe to operate a school described in section 3112(a) or otherwise to oversee the delivery of educational services to members of the tribe; and (ii) Approved by the Secretary for the purpose of carrying out programs under subpart 1 of part A for individuals served by a school described in section 3112(a). (ESEA Section 3201, as reauthorized by ESSA).

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37. What is the definition of a LEA or "local educational agency"?

The term "local educational agency" means:

(a) A public board of education or other public authority legally constituted within a State for either administrative control of or direction of, or to perform service functions for, public elementary or secondary schools in:

(1) A city, county, township, school district or other political subdivision of a state; or

(2) Such combination of school districts or counties a State recognizes as an administrative agency for its public elementary or secondary schools; or

(b) Any other public institution or agency that has administrative control and direction of a public elementary or secondary school.

(c) As used in 34CFR parts 400, 408, 525, 526 and 527 (vocational education programs), the term also includes any other public institution or agency that has administrative control and direction of a vocational education program. (34 CFR 77.1)

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38. What is the definition of an "institution of higher education"?
The ESEA, at Section 9101, defines an IHE as follows: ― (24) INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION- The term institution of higher education' has the meaning given that term in section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, 20 USC 1001 provides that: ― (a) Institution of higher education For purposes of this chapter, other than subchapter IV, the term "institution of higher education" means an educational institution in any State that- (1) Admits as regular students only persons having a certificate of graduation from a school providing secondary education, or the recognized equivalent of such a certificate; (2) Is legally authorized within such State to provide a program of education beyond secondary education; (3) Provides an educational program for which the institution awards a bachelor's degree or provides not less than a 2-year program that is acceptable for full credit toward such a degree; (4) Is a public or other nonprofit institution; and (5) is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association, or if not so accredited, is an institution that has been granted pre-accreditation status by such an agency or association that has been recognized by the Secretary for the granting of pre-accreditation status, and the Secretary has determined that there is satisfactory assurance that the institution will meet the accreditation standards of such an agency or association within a reasonable time.  TOP


39. What does community engagement mean?

Community engagement means the systematic inclusion of community organizations as partners with State educational agencies, local educational agencies, or other educational institutions, or their school or program staff to accomplish activities that may include developing a shared community vision, establishing a shared accountability agreement, participating in shared data-collection and analysis, or establishing community networks that are focused on shared community level outcomes. These organizations may include faith-and community based organizations, institutions of higher education (including minority serving institutions eligible to receive aid under Title III or Title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965,) businesses and industries, labor organizations, State and local government entities, or Federal entities other than the Department. (Supplemental Priorities)

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40. What is the definition of an English learner?

An English learner, when used with respect to an individual, means an individual--

(A) Who is aged 3 through 21; (B) Who is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary school or secondary school; (C)

(i) Who was not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than English; (ii)(I) Who is a Native American or Alaska Native, or a Native resident of the outlying areas; and (II) Who comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on the individual’s level of English language proficiency; or (iii) Who is migratory, whose native language is a language other than English, and who comes from an environment where a language other than English is dominant; and

(D) Whose difficulties in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language may be sufficient to deny the individual--

(i) The ability to meet the State’s challenging State academic standards; (ii) The ability to successfully achieve in classrooms where the language of instruction is English; or (iii) The opportunity to participate fully in society. (Section 8101 of the ESSA)

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41. What is a Logic model (also referred to as Theory of Action)?

A Logic model means a well-specific conceptual framework that identifies key components of the proposed process, product, strategy, or practice (i.e. the active “ingredients” that are hypothesized to be critical to achieving the relevant outcomes) and describes the relationships among the key components and outcomes, theoretically and operationally. (34 CFR 77.1.)

Note: Applicants may use resources such as the Pacific Education Laboratory’s Education Logic Model Application (http://relpacific.mcrel.org/resources/elm-app) to help design their logic models.

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42. What does parent and family engagement mean?

Parent and family engagement means the systematic inclusion of parents and families, working in partnership with SEAs, State lead agencies (under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or the State’s Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant), LEAs, or other educational institutions, or their staff, in their child’s education, which may include strengthening the ability of (A) parents and families to support their child’s education; and (B) school or program staff to work with parents and families. (Supplemental Priorities)

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43. What does a sustained partnership mean?

Sustained partnership means a relationship that has demonstrably adequate resources and other support to continue beyond the funding period and that consist of community organizations as partners with an LEA and one or more of its schools. These organizations may include faith- and community-based organizations, IHEs (including minority-serving institutions eligible to receive aid under title III or title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965), businesses and industries, labor organizations, State and local government entities, or Federal entities other than the Department. (Supplemental Priorities)

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44. What is the definition of Strong theory?

Strong theory means a rationale for the proposed process, product, strategy, or practice that includes a logic model (as defined in this notice). (34 CFR 77.1)

Note: Applicants are encouraged to develop logic models to demonstrate their project’s theory of action. Applicants should connect available evidence of past history of successful outcomes to their logic models.

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45. What does student achievement mean?

Student achievement means--

For grades and subjects in which assessments are required under section 1111(b)(3) of the ESEA:

(1) a student’s score on such assessments; and, as appropriate (2) other measures of student learning, such as those described in the subsequent paragraph, provided that they are rigorous and comparable across schools within an LEA.

For grades and subjects in which assessments are not required under section 1111(b) (3) of the ESEA: (1) alternative measures of student learning and performance, such as student results on pre-tests, end-of-course tests, and objective performance-based assessments; (2) student learning objectives; (3) student performance on English language proficiency assessments; and (4) other measures of student achievement that are rigorous and comparable across schools within an LEA. (Supplemental Priorities).

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46. What does systemic initiative mean?

Systemic initiative means a policy, program, or activity that includes Parent and Family Engagement as a core component and is designed to meet critical educational goals, such as school readiness, Student Achievement, and school turnaround. (Supplemental Priorities)

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47. What is a performance target?

Performance target means a level of performance that an applicant would seek to meet during the course of a project or as a result of a project. (34 CFR 77.1) TOP


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