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Department of Education


National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)--Secondary Analysis 
Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year 
(FY) 1999; Notice

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[CFDA No.: 84.902B]

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)--Secondary 
Analysis Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for 
Fiscal Year (FY) 1999

    Purpose of Program: The purpose of the NAEP Secondary Analysis 
program is to encourage eligible parties to prepare reports that would 
not otherwise be available utilizing new ideas or state-of-the-art 
techniques to analyze and report the information contained in NAEP and 
NAEP High School Transcript Studies. Analyses and reports prepared 
under this program should potentially be useful to the general public, 
parents, educators, educational researchers, or policy makers.
    Eligible Applicants: Public or private organizations and consortia 
of organizations.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: November 30, 1998.
    Applications Available: October 9, 1998.
    Available Funds: $700,000.
    The Administration's budget request for FY 1999 does not include 
funds for this program. However, applications are being invited to 
allow sufficient time to complete the grant process before the end of 
the fiscal year, should the Congress appropriate funds for this 
    Estimated Range of Awards: $15,000--$100,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $85,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 5-7.
    Maximum Award: The Secretary will not consider an application that 
proposes a budget exceeding $100,000.

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

    Project Period: Up to 18 months.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR Parts 74, 75, 77, 80, 81, 
82, 85, and 86; and (b) the regulations in 34 CFR Part 700.
    Invitational Priorities: The Secretary is particularly interested 
in applications that meet one or more of the invitational priorities in 
this notice. However, an application that meets one or more of these 
invitational priorities does not receive competitive or absolute 
preference over other applications (34 CFR 75.105(c)(1)).
    Invitational Priority 1--Projects that use NAEP achievement data 
alone or in combination with other data sets to assist policymakers and 
educators who make decisions about curriculum and instruction.
    Invitational Priority 2--Projects designed to assist States in 
analyzing, interpreting and reporting their State-level NAEP results.
    Invitational Priority 3--Projects that include the development of 
analytic procedures that improve precision with which NAEP estimates 
group and subgroup performance.
    Invitational Priority 4--Projects that develop improved sampling 
procedures for national or State-level NAEP.
    Invitational Priority 5--Projects to analyze and report data using 
statistical software developed by the project to permit more advanced 
analytic techniques to be readily applied to NAEP data.
    Evaluation Criteria: The Secretary selects from the criteria in 34 
CFR 700.30(e) to evaluate applications for new grants under this 
competition. Under 34 CFR 700.30(a), the Secretary announces in the 
application package the evaluation criteria selected for this 
competition and the maximum weight assigned to each criterion.
    For Applications on Information Contact: For an application package 
send written request to Alex Sedlacek, U.S. Department of Education, 
National Center for Education Statistics, Office of Educational 
Research and Improvement, Room 404B, 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW, 
Washington, DC 20208-5653; Internet (alex--sedlacek@ed.gov); or FAX 
your request to (202) 219-2061 (include CFDA number listed above and 
the surface mail address to which the application should be sent). For 
information contact Alex Sedlacek at (202) 219-1734. Individuals who 
use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 
p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the contact person listed in the preceding 
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application 
package in an alternate format, also, by contacting that person. 
However, the Department is not able to reproduce in an alternate format 
the standard forms included in the application package.

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    Note: The official version of this document is the document 
published in the Federal Register.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 9010.

    Dated: September 28, 1998.
C. Kent McGuire,
Assistant Secretary for Educational Research and Improvement.
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