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Part III

Department of Education


National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)--Secondary Analysis 
Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year 
(FY) 2003; 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) 2003

    Purpose of Program: To encourage the preparation of reports that 
would not otherwise be available and that apply new approaches to the 
analysis and reporting of the NAEP and NAEP High School Transcript 
Studies data. Analyses and reports prepared under this program should 
potentially be useful to the general public, parents, educators, 
educational researchers, or policy makers.
    For FY 2003, the competition for new awards focuses on projects 
designed to meet the priorities we describe in the PRIORITIES section 
of this application notice.
    Eligible Applicants: Public or private organizations and consortia 
of organizations.
    Applications Available: December 6, 2002.
    The application package for this competition is also available on 
line at: http://ed.gov/GrantApps/.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: February 7, 2003.
    Estimated Available Funds: $700,000.
    The estimated amount of funds available for new awards is based on 
the Administration's request for this program for FY 2003. The actual 
level of funding, if any, depends on final congressional action. 
However, we are inviting applications to allow enough time to complete 
the grant process before the end of the fiscal year, if Congress 
appropriates funds for this program.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $15,000--$100,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $85,000.
    Maximum Award: We will reject any application that proposes a 
budget exceeding $100,000 for a single budget period of 18 months.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 6-8.

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

    Project Period: Up to 18 months.
    Page Limit: The application narrative (Part III of the application) 
is where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that 
reviewers use to evaluate your application. You must limit Part III to 
the equivalent of no more than 60 pages, using the following standards:
    [sbull] A page is 8.5'' x 11'', on one side only, with 1'' margins 
at the top, bottom, and both sides.
    [sbull] Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) 
all text in the application narrative, including titles, headings, 
footnotes, quotations, references, and captions, as well as all text in 
charts, tables, figures, and graphs.
    [sbull] Use a font that is either 12-point or larger or no smaller 
than 10 pitch (characters per inch).
    The page limit does not apply to Part I, the cover sheet; Part II, 
the budget section, including the narrative budget justification; Part 
IV, the assurances and certifications; or the one-page abstract, the 
resumes, the bibliography, or the letters of support. However, you must 
include all of the application narrative in Part III.
    We will reject your application if--
    [sbull] You apply these standards and exceed the page limit; or
    [sbull] You apply other standards and exceed the equivalent of the 
page limit.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75 (except for 
those provisions of part 75 noted in 34 CFR 700.5(a)), 77, 80, 81, 82, 
85, and 86. (b) The regulations in 34 CFR part 700.


Invitational Priorities

    We are particularly interested in applications that meet one or 
more of the following invitational priorities.
    Invitational Priority 1--Analysis projects that use NAEP 
achievement data alone or in combination with other data sets to 
produce reports designed to assist policy makers and educators in the 
educational improvement process.
    Invitational Priority 2--Projects designed to assist NAEP users in 
the analysis, interpretation and reporting of State and district-level 
NAEP results.
    Invitational Priority 3--Projects that include the development of 
methodological or analytic procedures which improve precision in the 
estimation and reporting of NAEP results.
    Invitational Priority 4--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.
    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1) we do not give an application that meets 
one or more of the priorities a competitive or absolute preference over 
other applications.

Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., room 8007, Washington, DC 
20006. Telephone: (202) 502-7446 or via Internet: Alex.Sedlacek@ed.gov.
    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 
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application 
package in an alternative format by contacting the program person 
the Department is not able to reproduce in an alternative format the 
standard forms included in the application package.

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

    Dated: November 27, 2002.
Grover J. Whitehurst,
Assistant Secretary for Educational Research and Improvement.
[FR Doc. 02-30580 Filed 12-2-02; 8:45 am]