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Part III

Department of Education


National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP): Foreign Language--
Item Development; Office of Educational Research and Improvement;
Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2000; Notice

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[CFDA No. 84.902K]

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP): Foreign
Language--Item Development; Office of Educational Research and
Improvement; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal
Year (FY) 2000

Purpose of Program

    The main purpose is to develop items for the national assessment of
foreign language proficiency in 2003. The program will also develop a
block design or designs and screening process, assist in field test and
scoring activities, and write reports. It is planned that the 2003 NAEP
will be conducted at the national level in foreign language at grade
12. The foreign language to be assessed is Spanish. NAEP supports the
National Education Goals by providing measures of progress toward
student competency over challenging subject matter. For FY 2000, the
competition for new awards focuses on projects designed to meet the
priority we describe in the PRIORITY section of this application

Eligible Applicants

    Public, private, for-profit, and non-profit institutions, agencies,
and other qualified organizations or consortia of those institutions,
agencies, and organizations.
    Applications Available: July 6, 2000.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 21, 2000.
    Estimated Available Funds: Up to $2.5 million.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 1.

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

    Project Period: 40 months.
    Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 80, 81,
82, 85, 86, 97, 98 and 99.

Supplementary Information: The framework for the assessment, upon which
the assessment items will be based, is formulated by the National
Assessment Governing Board (NAGB). The National Assessment of
Educational Progress is authorized by section 411 of the National
Education Statistics Act 1994, Title IV of the Improving America's
Schools Act (20 U.S.C. 9010). Section 412 (20 U.S.C. 9011) of this law
requires NAGB, among other responsibilities, to formulate the policy
guidelines for the national assessment. Copies of these guidelines are
available from the Department.
    This notice is limited to seeking applications for item development
for the foreign language assessment to be conducted in 2003, and
training of scorers for that assessment. This does not include data
collection during field testing and actual operation of the 2003
assessment. A separate grantee will field test the items developed
under this grant. The grantee under this competition will provide field
test information and revise the items for the operational assessment.
This grantee will also assist with scoring the 2003 operational


    This competition focuses on projects designed to meet the priority
which implements the policy set by the NAGB under section 412(e)(1)(A)
of the National Education Statistics Act of 1994, Title IV of the
Improving America's Schools Act (20 U.S.C. 9010, 9011). Under 34 CFR
75.105(c)(2) and 20 U.S.C. 9010-9011, we consider only applications
that meet the following priority.
    Absolute Priority--Development of the National Assessment of
Educational Progress for 2003 for foreign language proficiency.
    The grantee must perform this activity in accordance with
guidelines developed by NAGB.
    For Applications and Further Information Contact: Janis Brown,
Ph.D., U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education
Statistics, 1990 K Street, NW., Suite 8089, Washington, DC 20006.
Telephone: (202) 502-7400. If you use a telecommunications device for
the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Information Relay Service
(FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer
diskette) on request to the program contact person listed under For
Applications and Further Information Contact.
    Individuals with disabilities also may obtain a copy of the
application package in an alternative format by contacting that person.
However, the Department is not able to reproduce in an alternative
format the standard forms included in the application package.

Electronic Access to This Document

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    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 9010, 9011.

    Dated: June 29, 2000.
C. Kent McGuire,
Assistant Secretary, Office of Educational, Research and Improvement.
[FR Doc. 00-16907 Filed 7-3-00; 8:45 am]