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Title VI — Flexibility and Accountability

SEC. 601. FLEXIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY.

    Title VI (20 U.S.C. 7301 et seq.) is amended to read as follows:

TITLE VI — FLEXIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

PART A — IMPROVING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

Subpart 1 — Accountability

SEC. 6111. GRANTS FOR STATE ASSESSMENTS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES.

    The Secretary shall make grants to States to enable the States —

      (1) to pay the costs of the development of the additional State assessments and standards required by section 1111(b), which may include the costs of working in voluntary partnerships with other States, at the sole discretion of each such State; and

      (2) if a State has developed the assessments and standards required by section 1111(b), to administer those assessments or to carry out other activities described in this subpart and other activities related to ensuring that the State's schools and local educational agencies are held accountable for results, such as the following:

        (A) Developing challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards and aligned assessments in academic subjects for which standards and assessments are not required by section 1111(b).

        (B) Developing or improving assessments of English language proficiency necessary to comply with section 1111(b)(7).

        (C) Ensuring the continued validity and reliability of State assessments.

        (D) Refining State assessments to ensure their continued alignment with the State's academic content standards and to improve the alignment of curricula and instructional materials.

        (E) Developing multiple measures to increase the reliability and validity of State assessment systems.

        (F) Strengthening the capacity of local educational agencies and schools to provide all students the opportunity to increase educational achievement, including carrying out professional development activities aligned with State student academic achievement standards and assessments.

        (G) Expanding the range of accommodations available to students with limited English proficiency and students with disabilities to improve the rates of inclusion of such students, including professional development activities aligned with State academic achievement standards and assessments.

        (H) Improving the dissemination of information on student achievement and school performance to parents and the community, including the development of information and reporting systems designed to identify best educational practices based on scientifically based research or to assist in linking records of student achievement, length of enrollment, and graduation over time.

SEC. 6112. GRANTS FOR ENHANCED ASSESSMENT INSTRUMENTS.

    (a) GRANT PROGRAM AUTHORIZED- From funds made available to carry out this subpart, the Secretary shall award, on a competitive basis, grants to State educational agencies that have submitted an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require, which demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Secretary, that the requirements of this section will be met, for the following:

      (1) To enable States (or consortia of States) to collaborate with institutions of higher education, other research institutions, or other organizations to improve the quality, validity, and reliability of State academic assessments beyond the requirements for such assessments described in section 1111(b)(3).

      (2) To measure student academic achievement using multiple measures of student academic achievement from multiple sources.

      (3) To chart student progress over time.

      (4) To evaluate student academic achievement through the development of comprehensive academic assessment instruments, such as performance and technology-based academic assessments.

    (b) APPLICATION- Each State wishing to apply for funds under this section shall include in its State plan under part A of title I such information as the Secretary may require.

    (c) ANNUAL REPORT- Each State educational agency receiving a grant under this section shall submit an annual report to the Secretary describing its activities, and the result of those activities, under the grant.

SEC. 6113. FUNDING.

    (a) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS-

      (1) NATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRESS- For the purpose of administering the State assessments under the National Assessment of Educational Progress, there are authorized to be appropriated $72,000,000 for fiscal year 2002, and such sums as may be necessary for each of the 5 succeeding fiscal years.

      (2) STATE ASSESSMENTS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES- For the purpose of carrying out this subpart, there are authorized to be appropriated $490,000,000 for fiscal year 2002, and such sums as may be necessary for each of the 5 succeeding fiscal years.

    (b) ALLOTMENT OF APPROPRIATED FUNDS-

      (1) IN GENERAL- From amounts made available for each fiscal year under subsection (a)(2) that are equal to or less than the amount described in section 1111(b)(3)(D) (hereinafter in this subsection referred to as the trigger amount'), the Secretary shall —

        (A) reserve one-half of 1 percent for the Bureau of Indian Affairs;

        (B) reserve one-half of 1 percent for the outlying areas; and

        (C) from the remainder, allocate to each State an amount equal to —

          (i) $3,000,000; and

          (ii) with respect to any amounts remaining after the allocation is made under clause (i), an amount that bears the same relationship to such total remaining amounts as the number of students ages 5 through 17 in the State (as determined by the Secretary on the basis of the most recent satisfactory data) bears to the total number of such students in all States.

      (2) REMAINDER- Any amounts remaining for a fiscal year after the Secretary carries out paragraph (1) shall be made available as follows:

        (A)(i) To award funds under section 6112 to States according to the quality, needs, and scope of the State application under that section.

        (ii) In determining the grant amount under clause (i), the Secretary shall ensure that a State's grant shall include an amount that bears the same relationship to the total funds available under this paragraph for the fiscal year as the number of students ages 5 through 17 in the State (as determined by the Secretary on the basis of the most recent satisfactory data) bears to the total number of such students in all States.

        (B) Any amounts remaining after the Secretary awards funds under subparagraph (A) shall be allocated to each State that did not receive a grant under such subparagraph, in an amount that bears the same relationship to the total funds available under this subparagraph as the number of students ages 5 through 17 in the State (as determined by the Secretary on the basis of the most recent satisfactory data) bears to the total number of such students in all States.

    (c) STATE DEFINED- In this section, the term State' means each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


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