Office of Elementary and Secondary Education; Overview Information; Advanced Placement Incentive Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008, 25688-25692 [E8-10106]

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E8–10216 Filed 5–6–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3710–EZ–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Elementary and Secondary Education; Overview Information; Advanced Placement Incentive Program; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.330C. Applications Available: May 7, 2008. Deadline for Notice of Intent To Apply: June 6, 2008. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 7, 2008. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 4, 2008. DATES: sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The Advanced Placement Incentive (API) program awards competitive grants designed to increase the successful participation of low-income students in advanced placement courses and tests. The program expands opportunities for lowincome students to take college-level classes and earn college credit while still in high school. The program also supports efforts to raise the rigor of the academic curriculum for all students attending high-poverty high schools. Priority: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(iv), this priority is from section 1705(c) of the ESEA (20 U.S.C 6535(c)). Absolute Priority: For FY 2008 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition, this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:00 May 06, 2008 Jkt 214001 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that meet this priority. This priority is: Implementation of Advanced Placement Programs in High-Poverty Schools. This priority supports projects that expand access for low-income individuals to advanced placement programs by: (1) Developing, enhancing, or expanding advanced placement programs in English, mathematics, and science in high schools with a high concentration of low-income students and a pervasive need for access to advanced placement programs; (2) Involving business and community organizations in the activities to be assisted; and (3) Providing matching funds from State, local, or other sources to pay for the costs of activities to be assisted. Note: In order to meet this absolute priority, an application must identify the specific high schools that will receive project services, and provide evidence that those schools have a high concentration of lowincome students. Competitive Preference Priorities: Within this absolute priority, we give competitive preference to applications that address the following priorities. Competitive Preference Priority 1: This priority is from the notice of final priorities for discretionary grant programs published in the Federal Register on October 11, 2006 (71 FR 60045). Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) we award up to an additional 4 points to an application, depending on how well the application meets this priority. This priority is: Critical-Need Languages. This priority supports projects that support activities to enable students to achieve proficiency or advanced proficiency or to develop programs in one or more of the following less commonly taught languages: Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, and languages in the Indic, Iranian, and Turkic language families. Competitive Preference Priority 2: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(iv), this priority is from section 1705(c) of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 6535(c)). Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) we award an additional 1 point to an application that meets this priority. This priority is: On-Line Advanced Placement Courses. This priority supports projects that demonstrate an intent to carry out activities to increase the availability of, PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and participation in, on-line advanced placement courses. Within this absolute priority, we are particularly interested in applications that address the following invitational priority. Invitational Priority: For FY 2008 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition, this priority is an invitational priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1), we do not give an application that meets this invitational priority a competitive or absolute preference over other applications. This priority is: Training and Incentives for Advanced Placement Teachers. This priority supports projects that seek to increase the successful participation of low-income individuals in advanced placement courses and tests by: (1) Compensating teachers of advanced placement courses for completing intensive professional development that enhances their knowledge of the advanced placement subjects they teach; and (2) Providing financial incentives that reward teachers of advanced placement courses for the successful performance of their students on advanced placement tests. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 6535–6537. Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 84, 85, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The notice of final priorities for discretionary grant programs published in the Federal Register on October 11, 2006 (71 FR 60045). II. Award Information Type of Award: Discretionary grants. Estimated Available Funds: $12,400,000. Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of applications, we may make additional awards in FY 2009 from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition. Estimated Range of Awards: $93,040– 975,163. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $590,476. Maximum Award: We will reject any application that proposes a budget exceeding $1,000,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. The Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education may change the maximum amount through a notice published in the Federal Register . Estimated Number of Awards: 21. E:\FR\FM\07MYN1.SGM 07MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 89 / Wednesday, May 7, 2008 / Notices Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 36 months. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants: (a) State educational agencies (SEAs); (b) Local educational agencies (LEAs), including charter schools that are considered LEAs under State law; or (c) National nonprofit educational entities with expertise in advanced placement services. Note: In the case of an eligible entity that is an SEA, the SEA may use API grant funds to award subgrants to LEAs to enable those LEAs to carry out authorized activities that support the absolute priority for this competition. 2. a. Cost Sharing or Matching: In order to meet the absolute priority for this competition, an applicant must provide matching funds from State, local, or other sources to pay for the costs of activities to be assisted. b. Supplement-Not-Supplant: Funds provided under this program must be used only to supplement, and not supplant, other non-Federal funds that are available to assist low-income individuals in paying advanced placement test fees or to expand access to advanced placement or pre-advanced placement courses (20 U.S.C. 6536). This restriction also has the effect of allowing projects to recover indirect costs only on the basis of a restricted indirect cost rate, according to the requirements in 34 CFR 75.563 and 34 CFR 76.564 through 76.569. 3. Other: Definitions. The following definitions are taken from the API program authorizing statute in Title I, Part G of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 6537). They are repeated in this application notice for the convenience of the applicant. (a) The term advanced placement test means an advanced placement test administered by the College Board or approved by the Secretary. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Note: The Department approves advanced placement tests administered by the International Baccalaureate Organization. As part of the grant application process, applicants may request approval of tests from other educational entities that provide comparable programs of rigorous academic courses and testing through which students may earn college credit. (b) The term high concentration of low-income students, used with respect to a school, means a school that serves a student population 40 percent or more of whom are low-income individuals. (c) The term low-income individual means an individual who is determined by an SEA or LEA to be a child, ages 5 VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:00 May 06, 2008 Jkt 214001 through 19, from a low-income family on the basis of data used by the Secretary to determine allocations under section 1124 of the ESEA, data on children eligible for free or reducedprice lunches under the National School Lunch Act, data on children in families receiving assistance under Part A of Title IV of the Social Security Act, or data on children eligible to receive medical assistance under the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, or through an alternate method that combines or extrapolates from those data. IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address to Request Application Package: You can obtain an application package via the Internet, or from the program office. To obtain a copy via the Internet, use the following address: http:// www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/ grantapps/index.html. To obtain a copy from the program office, contact: Ivonne Jaime, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., LBJ Building, Room 3W246, Washington, DC 20202–6200. Telephone: (202) 260–1519 or by e-mail: AdvancedPlacementProgram@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at: 1–800–877–8339. Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of the application package in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) by contacting the person or team listed under Alternative Format in section VIII of this notice. 2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements concerning the content of an application, together with the forms you must submit, are in the application package for this program. Page Limit: The application narrative is where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your application. We encourage you to limit the narrative to the equivalent of no more than 40 pages and suggest that you use the following standards: • A ‘‘page’’ is 8.5″ × 11″, on one side only, with 1″ margins at the top, bottom, and both sides. • Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) all text in the application narrative. Titles, headings, footnotes, quotations, references, and captions, as well as text in charts, tables, figures, and graphs, can be single spaced. PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 25689 • Use a font that is either 12 point or larger or no smaller than 10 pitch (characters per inch). • Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, Courier New, or Arial. • Number all pages consecutively using the style 1 of 40, 2 of 40, and so forth. • Include a Table of Contents with page references. The suggested page limit does not apply to the Table of Contents; forms; the budget section, including the narrative budget justification; the assurances and certifications; the onepage abstract; the resumes; or letters of support. However, the suggested page limit does apply to all of the application narrative section. We further encourage applicants to limit to no more than 20 pages any attachments or appendices that are not resumes or letters of support. 3. Submission Dates and Times: Applications Available: May 7, 2008. Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: June 6, 2008. We will be able to develop a more efficient process for reviewing grant applications if we have a better understanding of the number of entities that intend to apply for funding. Therefore, we strongly encourage each potential applicant to send a notification of its intent to apply for funding to AdvancedPlacementProgram@ed.gov by June 6, 2008. The notification of intent to apply for funding is optional. Applicants that do not supply this email notification may still apply for funding. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 7, 2008. Applications for grants under this competition must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov Apply site (Grants.gov). For information (including dates and times) about how to submit your application electronically, or in paper format by mail or hand delivery if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, please refer to section IV. 6. Other Submission Requirements in this notice. We do not consider an application that does not comply with the deadline requirements. Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or auxiliary aid in connection with the application process should contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII in this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the application E:\FR\FM\07MYN1.SGM 07MYN1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 25690 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 89 / Wednesday, May 7, 2008 / Notices process, the individual’s application remains subject to all other requirements and limitations in this notice. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 4, 2008. 4. Intergovernmental Review: This program 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. 5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section in this notice. 6. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under this competition must be submitted electronically unless you qualify for an exception to this requirement in accordance with the instructions in this section. a. Electronic Submission of Applications. Applications for grants under the Advanced Placement Incentive Program, CFDA Number 84.330C, must be submitted electronically using the Governmentwide Grants.gov Apply site at http://www.Grants.gov. Through this site, you will be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit your application. You may not email an electronic copy of a grant application to us. We will reject your application if you submit it in paper format unless, as described elsewhere in this section, you qualify for one of the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and submit, no later than two weeks before the application deadline date, a written statement to the Department that you qualify for one of these exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date that is two weeks before the application deadline date is provided later in this section under Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement. You may access the electronic grant application for the Advanced Placement Incentive Program at http:// 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 84.330, not 84.330C). Please note the following: • When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find information about submitting an application electronically through the site, as well as the hours of operation. VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:00 May 06, 2008 Jkt 214001 • 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 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. Except as otherwise noted in this section, we will not consider your application if it is date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system later than 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. When we retrieve your application from Grants.gov, we will notify you if we are rejecting your application because it was date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. • 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. • You should review and follow the Education Submission Procedures for submitting an application through Grants.gov that are included in the application package for this competition to ensure that you submit your application in a timely manner to the Grants.gov system. You can also find the Education Submission Procedures pertaining to Grants.gov at http://eGrants.ed.gov/help/ GrantsgovSubmissionProcedures.pdf. • To submit your application via Grants.gov, you must complete all steps in the Grants.gov registration process (see http://www.grants.gov/applicants/ get_registered.jsp ). These steps include (1) registering your organization, a multi-part process that includes registration with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR); (2) registering yourself as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR); and (3) getting authorized as an AOR by your organization. Details on these steps are outlined in the Grants.gov 3-Step Registration Guide (see http:// www.grants.gov/section910/ Grants.govRegistrationBrochure.pdf). You also must provide on your application the same D-U-N-S Number used with this registration. Please note that the registration process may take five or more business days to complete, and you must have completed all registration steps to allow you to submit successfully an application via Grants.gov. In addition you will need to update your CCR registration on an PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 annual basis. This may take three or more business days to complete. • You will not receive additional point value because you submit your application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, as described elsewhere in this section, and submit your application in paper format. • You must submit all documents electronically, including all information you typically provide on the following forms: Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424), the Department of Education Supplemental Information for SF 424, Budget Information—NonConstruction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary assurances and certifications. Please note that two of these forms—the SF 424 and the Department of Education Supplemental Information for SF 424— have replaced the ED 424 (Application for Federal Education Assistance). • You must attach any narrative sections of your application as files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich text), or .PDF (Portable Document) format. If you upload a file type other than the three file types specified in this paragraph or submit a password-protected file, we will not review that material. • Your electronic application must comply with any page-limit requirements described in this notice. • After you electronically submit your application, you will receive from Grants.gov an automatic notification of receipt that contains a Grants.gov tracking number. (This notification indicates receipt by Grants.gov only, not receipt by the Department.) The Department then will retrieve your application from Grants.gov and send a second notification to you by e-mail. This second notification indicates that the Department has received your application and has assigned your application a PR/Award number (an EDspecified identifying number unique to your application). • We may request that you provide us original signatures on forms at a later date. Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of Technical Issues with the Grants.gov System: If you are experiencing problems submitting your application through Grants.gov, please contact the Grants.gov Support Desk, toll free, at 1–800–518–4726. You must obtain a Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number and must keep a record of it. If you are prevented from electronically submitting your application on the application deadline date because of technical problems with the Grants.gov system, we will grant you an extension until 4:30 p.m., E:\FR\FM\07MYN1.SGM 07MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 89 / Wednesday, May 7, 2008 / Notices Washington, DC time, the following business day to enable you to transmit your application electronically or by hand delivery. You also may mail your application by following the mailing instructions described elsewhere in this notice. If you submit an application after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII in this notice and provide an explanation of the technical problem you experienced with Grants.gov, along with the Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number. We will accept your application if we can confirm that a technical problem occurred with the Grants.gov system and that that problem affected your ability to submit your application by 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. The Department will contact you after a determination is made on whether your application will be accepted. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Note: The extensions to which we refer in this section apply only to the unavailability of, or technical problems with, the Grants.gov system. We will not grant you an extension if you failed to fully register to submit your application to Grants.gov before the application deadline date and time or if the technical problem you experienced is unrelated to the Grants.gov system. Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement: You qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, and may submit your application in paper format, if you are unable to submit an application through the Grants.gov system because— • You do not have access to the Internet; or • You do not have the capacity to upload large documents to the Grants.gov system; and • No later than two weeks before the application deadline date (14 calendar days or, if the fourteenth calendar day before the application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business day following the Federal holiday), you mail or fax a written statement to the Department, explaining which of the two grounds for an exception prevent you from using the Internet to submit your application. If you mail your written statement to the Department, it must be postmarked no later than two weeks before the application deadline date. If you fax your written statement to the Department, we must receive the faxed statement no later than two weeks before the application deadline date. Address and mail or fax your statement to: Ivonne Jaime, U.S. VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:00 May 06, 2008 Jkt 214001 Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., LBJ Building, Room 3W246, Washington, DC 20202–6200. FAX: (202) 205–4921. Your paper application must be submitted in accordance with the mail or hand delivery instructions described in this notice. b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail. If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, you may mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a commercial carrier) your application to the Department. You must mail the original and two copies of your application, on or before the application deadline date, to the Department at the applicable following address: By mail through the U.S. Postal Service: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number 84.330C), 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202– 4260 or By mail through a commercial carrier: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Stop 4260, Attention: (CFDA Number 84.330C), 7100 Old Landover Road, Landover, MD 20785–1506. Regardless of which address you use, you must show proof of mailing consisting of one of the following: (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark. (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the U.S. Postal Service. (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial carrier. (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. If you mail your application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do not accept either of the following as proof of mailing: (1) A private metered postmark. (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service. If your application is postmarked after the application deadline date, we will not consider your application. Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated postmark. Before relying on this method, you should check with your local post office. c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery. If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, you (or a courier service) may deliver your paper application to the Department by hand. You must deliver the original and two copies of your application by hand, on or before the application deadline PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 25691 date, to the Department at the following address: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number 84.330C), 550 12th Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–4260. The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, except Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays. Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If you mail or hand deliver your application to the Department— (1) You must indicate on the envelope and—if not provided by the Department—in Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA number, including suffix letter, if any, of the competition under which you are submitting your application; and (2) The Application Control Center will mail to you a notification of receipt of your grant application. If you do not receive this notification within 15 business days from the application deadline date, you should call the U.S. Department of Education Application Control Center at (202) 245– 6288. V. Application Review Information Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition are from 34 CFR 75.210 and, where otherwise noted, sections 1702 and 1705 of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 6532 and 6535). Note: The maximum score for all selection criteria is 95 points. The points or weights assigned to each criterion or subcriterion are indicated in parentheses. Need for the Project In determining need for the proposed project, we will consider the following factors: (1) The extent to which the application demonstrates a pervasive need for access to advanced placement incentive programs by low-income individuals (5 points) (20 U.S.C. 6535(c)(1)); and (2) The extent to which specific gaps or weaknesses in services, infrastructure, or opportunities have been identified and will be addressed by the proposed project, including the nature and magnitude of those gaps or weaknesses (10 points). Quality of Project Design In determining the quality of the design of the proposed project, we will consider the following factors: (1) The extent to which the goals, objectives, and outcomes to be achieved by the proposed project are clearly specified and measurable (5 points); (2) The extent to which the proposed project will increase the rate at which secondary school students participate in E:\FR\FM\07MYN1.SGM 07MYN1 25692 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 89 / Wednesday, May 7, 2008 / Notices advanced placement courses and increase the numbers of students who receive advanced placement test scores for which college academic credit is awarded (20 points) (20 U.S.C. 6532(7)); (3) The extent to which the proposed activities constitute a coherent, sustained program of training in the field (15 points); and (4) The extent to which there is effective coordination and articulation between grade levels to prepare students for academic achievement in advanced placement courses (15 points) (20 U.S.C. 6535(d)(C)). Quality of the Management Plan In determining the quality of the management plan for the proposed project, we will consider the following factors: (1) The adequacy of the management plan to achieve the objectives of the proposed project on time and within budget, including clearly defined responsibilities, timelines, and milestones for accomplishing project tasks (8 points); (2) The extent to which the time commitments of the project director and principal investigator and other key project personnel are appropriate and adequate to meet the objectives of the proposed project (5 points); and (3) The extent to which the applicant demonstrates that it will have the capacity to report annually the data required by section 1705(f) of the ESEA (4 points). Adequacy of Resources In determining the adequacy of resources for the proposed project, we will consider the extent to which the applicant assures the availability of matching funds from State, local, or other sources to pay for the cost of activities to be assisted by the proposed project (20 U.S.C. 6535(c)(3))(8 points). sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES VI. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award Notification (GAN). We may notify you informally, also. If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, we notify you. 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify administrative and national policy requirements in the application package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable Regulations section in this notice. We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of an award in the Applicable Regulations section in VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:00 May 06, 2008 Jkt 214001 this notice and include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also incorporates your approved application as part of your binding commitments under the grant. 3. Grant Administration: Applicants should budget for a two-day meeting for project directors to be held annually in Washington, DC. In addition to setting aside funds for travel, hotel, and per diem costs for these meetings, applicants should budget for an estimated $500 per participant for the costs of materials and technical assistance products and services that will be delivered during these meetings. 4. Reporting: At the end of your project period, you must submit a final performance report, including financial information, as directed by the Secretary. If you receive a multi-year award, you must submit an annual performance report that provides the most current performance and financial expenditure information as directed by the Secretary under 34 CFR 75.118. The Secretary may also require more frequent performance reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements on reporting, please go to: http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/ appforms/appforms.html. 5. Performance Measures: The Department has established six performance measures for assessing the effectiveness of the API program in improving the successful participation in advanced placement courses and tests by students attending public high schools served by API grants. These measures are: (1) The number of students who enrolled in an advanced placement course at each school served by an API grant, disaggregated by subject. (2) The number of low-income individuals who enrolled in an advanced placement course at each school served by an API grant, disaggregated by subject. (3) The number of advanced placement tests taken by students at each school served by an API grant, disaggregated by subject, divided by the number of seniors enrolled in each school at or around October 1. (4) The number of advanced placement tests taken by low-income individuals at each school served by an API grant, disaggregated by subject. (5) The scores students at each school served by an API grant earned on advanced placement tests, disaggregated by subject. (6) The scores low-income individuals at each school served by an API earned on advanced placement tests, disaggregated by subject. PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 These measures constitute the Department’s measures of success for this program. Consequently, applicants for a grant under this program are advised to give careful consideration to these measures in identifying their goals and objectives and conceptualizing the approach and evaluation of their proposed projects. If funded, applicants will be asked to collect and report data in their performance and final reports about progress toward these measures. VII. Agency Contact FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ivonne Jaime, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., LBJ Building, Room 3W246, Washington, DC 20202–6200. Telephone: (202) 260–1519 or by e-mail: AdvancedPlacementProgram@ed.gov. If you use a TDD, call the FRS, toll free, at 1–800–877–8339. VIII. Other Information Alternative Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document and a copy of the application package in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII in this notice. Electronic Access to This Document: You can view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/ fedregister. To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1– 888–293–6498; or in the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512–1530. Note: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/ index.html. Dated: May 2, 2008. Kerri L. Briggs, Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education. [FR Doc. E8–10106 Filed 5–6–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P E:\FR\FM\07MYN1.SGM 07MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Office of Elementary and Secondary Education; Overview 
Information; Advanced Placement Incentive Program; Notice Inviting 
Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.330C.


DATES: Applications Available: May 7, 2008.
    Deadline for Notice of Intent To Apply: June 6, 2008.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 7, 2008.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 4, 2008.

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The Advanced Placement Incentive (API) program 
awards competitive grants designed to increase the successful 
participation of low-income students in advanced placement courses and 
tests. The program expands opportunities for low-income students to 
take college-level classes and earn college credit while still in high 
school. The program also supports efforts to raise the rigor of the 
academic curriculum for all students attending high-poverty high 
schools.
    Priority: In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(iv), this priority 
is from section 1705(c) of the ESEA (20 U.S.C 6535(c)).
    Absolute Priority: For FY 2008 and any subsequent year in which we 
make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition, 
this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we 
consider only applications that meet this priority.
    This priority is:
    Implementation of Advanced Placement Programs in High-Poverty 
Schools.
    This priority supports projects that expand access for low-income 
individuals to advanced placement programs by:
    (1) Developing, enhancing, or expanding advanced placement programs 
in English, mathematics, and science in high schools with a high 
concentration of low-income students and a pervasive need for access to 
advanced placement programs;
    (2) Involving business and community organizations in the 
activities to be assisted; and
    (3) Providing matching funds from State, local, or other sources to 
pay for the costs of activities to be assisted.

    Note:
    In order to meet this absolute priority, an application must 
identify the specific high schools that will receive project 
services, and provide evidence that those schools have a high 
concentration of low-income students.

    Competitive Preference Priorities: Within this absolute priority, 
we give competitive preference to applications that address the 
following priorities.
    Competitive Preference Priority 1: This priority is from the notice 
of final priorities for discretionary grant programs published in the 
Federal Register on October 11, 2006 (71 FR 60045).
    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) we award up to an additional 4 points 
to an application, depending on how well the application meets this 
priority.
    This priority is:
    Critical-Need Languages.
    This priority supports projects that support activities to enable 
students to achieve proficiency or advanced proficiency or to develop 
programs in one or more of the following less commonly taught 
languages: Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, and languages in 
the Indic, Iranian, and Turkic language families.
    Competitive Preference Priority 2: In accordance with 34 CFR 
75.105(b)(2)(iv), this priority is from section 1705(c) of the ESEA (20 
U.S.C. 6535(c)).
    Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) we award an additional 1 point to an 
application that meets this priority.
    This priority is:
    On-Line Advanced Placement Courses.
    This priority supports projects that demonstrate an intent to carry 
out activities to increase the availability of, and participation in, 
on-line advanced placement courses.
    Within this absolute priority, we are particularly interested in 
applications that address the following invitational priority.
    Invitational Priority: For FY 2008 and any subsequent year in which 
we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this 
competition, this priority is an invitational priority. Under 34 CFR 
75.105(c)(1), we do not give an application that meets this 
invitational priority a competitive or absolute preference over other 
applications.
    This priority is:
    Training and Incentives for Advanced Placement Teachers.
    This priority supports projects that seek to increase the 
successful participation of low-income individuals in advanced 
placement courses and tests by:
    (1) Compensating teachers of advanced placement courses for 
completing intensive professional development that enhances their 
knowledge of the advanced placement subjects they teach; and
    (2) Providing financial incentives that reward teachers of advanced 
placement courses for the successful performance of their students on 
advanced placement tests.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 6535-6537.

    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 
81, 82, 84, 85, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The notice of final priorities for 
discretionary grant programs published in the Federal Register on 
October 11, 2006 (71 FR 60045).

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
    Estimated Available Funds: $12,400,000.
    Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of 
applications, we may make additional awards in FY 2009 from the list of 
unfunded applicants from this competition.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $93,040-975,163.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $590,476.
    Maximum Award: We will reject any application that proposes a 
budget exceeding $1,000,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. 
The Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education may 
change the maximum amount through a notice published in the Federal 
Register .
    Estimated Number of Awards: 21.


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

    Project Period: Up to 36 months.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants:
    (a) State educational agencies (SEAs);
    (b) Local educational agencies (LEAs), including charter schools 
that are considered LEAs under State law; or
    (c) National nonprofit educational entities with expertise in 
advanced placement services.

    Note: In the case of an eligible entity that is an SEA, the SEA 
may use API grant funds to award subgrants to LEAs to enable those 
LEAs to carry out authorized activities that support the absolute 
priority for this competition.

    2. a. Cost Sharing or Matching: In order to meet the absolute 
priority for this competition, an applicant must provide matching funds 
from State, local, or other sources to pay for the costs of activities 
to be assisted.
    b. Supplement-Not-Supplant: Funds provided under this program must 
be used only to supplement, and not supplant, other non-Federal funds 
that are available to assist low-income individuals in paying advanced 
placement test fees or to expand access to advanced placement or pre-
advanced placement courses (20 U.S.C. 6536). This restriction also has 
the effect of allowing projects to recover indirect costs only on the 
basis of a restricted indirect cost rate, according to the requirements 
in 34 CFR 75.563 and 34 CFR 76.564 through 76.569.
    3. Other: Definitions. The following definitions are taken from the 
API program authorizing statute in Title I, Part G of the ESEA (20 
U.S.C. 6537). They are repeated in this application notice for the 
convenience of the applicant.
    (a) The term advanced placement test means an advanced placement 
test administered by the College Board or approved by the Secretary.

    Note: The Department approves advanced placement tests 
administered by the International Baccalaureate Organization. As 
part of the grant application process, applicants may request 
approval of tests from other educational entities that provide 
comparable programs of rigorous academic courses and testing through 
which students may earn college credit.

    (b) The term high concentration of low-income students, used with 
respect to a school, means a school that serves a student population 40 
percent or more of whom are low-income individuals.
    (c) The term low-income individual means an individual who is 
determined by an SEA or LEA to be a child, ages 5 through 19, from a 
low-income family on the basis of data used by the Secretary to 
determine allocations under section 1124 of the ESEA, data on children 
eligible for free or reduced-price lunches under the National School 
Lunch Act, data on children in families receiving assistance under Part 
A of Title IV of the Social Security Act, or data on children eligible 
to receive medical assistance under the Medicaid program under Title 
XIX of the Social Security Act, or through an alternate method that 
combines or extrapolates from those data.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address to Request Application Package: You can obtain an 
application package via the Internet, or from the program office.
    To obtain a copy via the Internet, use the following address: 
http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.html.
    To obtain a copy from the program office, contact: Ivonne Jaime, 
U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., LBJ Building, 
Room 3W246, Washington, DC 20202-6200. Telephone: (202) 260-1519 or by 
e-mail: AdvancedPlacementProgram@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the 
Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at: 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of the application 
package in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, 
audiotape, or computer diskette) by contacting the person or team 
listed under Alternative Format in section VIII of this notice.
    2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements 
concerning the content of an application, together with the forms you 
must submit, are in the application package for this program.
    Page Limit: The application narrative is where you, the applicant, 
address the selection criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your 
application. We encourage you to limit the narrative to the equivalent 
of no more than 40 pages and suggest that you use the following 
standards:
     A ``page'' is 8.5'' x 11'', on one side only, with 1'' 
margins at the top, bottom, and both sides.
     Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) 
all text in the application narrative. Titles, headings, footnotes, 
quotations, references, and captions, as well as text in charts, 
tables, figures, and graphs, can be single spaced.
     Use a font that is either 12 point or larger or no smaller 
than 10 pitch (characters per inch).
     Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, 
Courier New, or Arial.
     Number all pages consecutively using the style 1 of 40, 2 
of 40, and so forth.
     Include a Table of Contents with page references.
    The suggested page limit does not apply to the Table of Contents; 
forms; the budget section, including the narrative budget 
justification; the assurances and certifications; the one-page 
abstract; the resumes; or letters of support. However, the suggested 
page limit does apply to all of the application narrative section. We 
further encourage applicants to limit to no more than 20 pages any 
attachments or appendices that are not resumes or letters of support.
    3. Submission Dates and Times:
    Applications Available: May 7, 2008.
    Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: June 6, 2008. We will be 
able to develop a more efficient process for reviewing grant 
applications if we have a better understanding of the number of 
entities that intend to apply for funding.
    Therefore, we strongly encourage each potential applicant to send a 
notification of its intent to apply for funding to 
AdvancedPlacementProgram@ed.gov by June 6, 2008. The notification of 
intent to apply for funding is optional. Applicants that do not supply 
this e-mail notification may still apply for funding.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 7, 2008.
    Applications for grants under this competition must be submitted 
electronically using the Grants.gov Apply site (Grants.gov). For 
information (including dates and times) about how to submit your 
application electronically, or in paper format by mail or hand delivery 
if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, please refer to section IV. 6. Other Submission 
Requirements in this notice.
    We do not consider an application that does not comply with the 
deadline requirements.
    Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or 
auxiliary aid in connection with the application process should contact 
the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII 
in this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or 
auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the 
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process, the individual's application remains subject to all other 
requirements and limitations in this notice.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 4, 2008.
    4. Intergovernmental Review: This program 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.
    5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding 
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section in this notice.
    6. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under 
this competition must be submitted electronically unless you qualify 
for an exception to this requirement in accordance with the 
instructions in this section.
    a. Electronic Submission of Applications.
    Applications for grants under the Advanced Placement Incentive 
Program, CFDA Number 84.330C, must be submitted electronically using 
the Governmentwide Grants.gov Apply site at http://www.Grants.gov. 
Through this site, you will be able to download a copy of the 
application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit 
your application. You may not e-mail an electronic copy of a grant 
application to us.
    We will reject your application if you submit it in paper format 
unless, as described elsewhere in this section, you qualify for one of 
the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and submit, no 
later than two weeks before the application deadline date, a written 
statement to the Department that you qualify for one of these 
exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date that 
is two weeks before the application deadline date is provided later in 
this section under Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement.
    You may access the electronic grant application for the Advanced 
Placement Incentive Program at http://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 84.330, not 84.330C).
    Please note the following:
     When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find 
information about submitting an application electronically through the 
site, as well as the hours of operation.
     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 
p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. Except as 
otherwise noted in this section, we will not consider your application 
if it is date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system later than 4:30 
p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. When we 
retrieve your application from Grants.gov, we will notify you if we are 
rejecting your application because it was date and time stamped by the 
Grants.gov system after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the 
application deadline date.
     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.
     You should review and follow the Education Submission 
Procedures for submitting an application through Grants.gov that are 
included in the application package for this competition to ensure that 
you submit your application in a timely manner to the Grants.gov 
system. You can also find the Education Submission Procedures 
pertaining to Grants.gov at http://e-Grants.ed.gov/help/
GrantsgovSubmissionProcedures.pdf.
     To submit your application via Grants.gov, you must 
complete all steps in the Grants.gov registration process (see http://
www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp ). These steps include 
(1) registering your organization, a multi-part process that includes 
registration with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR); (2) 
registering yourself as an Authorized Organization Representative 
(AOR); and (3) getting authorized as an AOR by your organization. 
Details on these steps are outlined in the Grants.gov 3-Step 
Registration Guide (see http://www.grants.gov/section910/
Grants.govRegistrationBrochure.pdf). You also must provide on your 
application the same D-U-N-S Number used with this registration. Please 
note that the registration process may take five or more business days 
to complete, and you must have completed all registration steps to 
allow you to submit successfully an application via Grants.gov. In 
addition you will need to update your CCR registration on an annual 
basis. This may take three or more business days to complete.
     You will not receive additional point value because you 
submit your application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you 
if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, as described elsewhere in this section, and submit your 
application in paper format.
     You must submit all documents electronically, including 
all information you typically provide on the following forms: 
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. Please note that two of these forms--the SF 424 and the 
Department of Education Supplemental Information for SF 424--have 
replaced the ED 424 (Application for Federal Education Assistance).
     You must attach any narrative sections of your application 
as files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich text), or .PDF (Portable 
Document) format. If you upload a file type other than the three file 
types specified in this paragraph or submit a password-protected file, 
we will not review that material.
     Your electronic application must comply with any page-
limit requirements described in this notice.
     After you electronically submit your application, you will 
receive from Grants.gov an automatic notification of receipt that 
contains a Grants.gov tracking number. (This notification indicates 
receipt by Grants.gov only, not receipt by the Department.) The 
Department then will retrieve your application from Grants.gov and send 
a second notification to you by e-mail. This second notification 
indicates that the Department has received your application and has 
assigned your application a PR/Award number (an ED-specified 
identifying number unique to your application).
     We may request that you provide us original signatures on 
forms at a later date.
    Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of Technical Issues 
with the Grants.gov System: If you are experiencing problems submitting 
your application through Grants.gov, please contact the Grants.gov 
Support Desk, toll free, at 1-800-518-4726. You must obtain a 
Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number and must keep a record of it.
    If you are prevented from electronically submitting your 
application on the application deadline date because of technical 
problems with the Grants.gov system, we will grant you an extension 
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Washington, DC time, the following business day to enable you to 
transmit your application electronically or by hand delivery. You also 
may mail your application by following the mailing instructions 
described elsewhere in this notice.
    If you submit an application after 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, 
on the application deadline date, please contact the person listed 
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII in this notice and 
provide an explanation of the technical problem you experienced with 
Grants.gov, along with the Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number. We will 
accept your application if we can confirm that a technical problem 
occurred with the Grants.gov system and that that problem affected your 
ability to submit your application by 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, 
on the application deadline date. The Department will contact you after 
a determination is made on whether your application will be accepted.

    Note: The extensions to which we refer in this section apply 
only to the unavailability of, or technical problems with, the 
Grants.gov system. We will not grant you an extension if you failed 
to fully register to submit your application to Grants.gov before 
the application deadline date and time or if the technical problem 
you experienced is unrelated to the Grants.gov system.

    Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement: You qualify for an 
exception to the electronic submission requirement, and may submit your 
application in paper format, if you are unable to submit an application 
through the Grants.gov system because--
     You do not have access to the Internet; or
     You do not have the capacity to upload large documents to 
the Grants.gov system; and
     No later than two weeks before the application deadline 
date (14 calendar days or, if the fourteenth calendar day before the 
application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business 
day following the Federal holiday), you mail or fax a written statement 
to the Department, explaining which of the two grounds for an exception 
prevent you from using the Internet to submit your application.
    If you mail your written statement to the Department, it must be 
postmarked no later than two weeks before the application deadline 
date. If you fax your written statement to the Department, we must 
receive the faxed statement no later than two weeks before the 
application deadline date.
    Address and mail or fax your statement to: Ivonne Jaime, U.S. 
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., LBJ Building, Room 
3W246, Washington, DC 20202-6200. FAX: (202) 205-4921.
    Your paper application must be submitted in accordance with the 
mail or hand delivery instructions described in this notice.
    b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail.
    If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, you may mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a 
commercial carrier) your application to the Department. You must mail 
the original and two copies of your application, on or before the 
application deadline date, to the Department at the applicable 
following address:

By mail through the U.S. Postal Service:
    U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, 
Attention: (CFDA Number 84.330C), 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, 
DC 20202-4260 or
By mail through a commercial carrier: U.S. Department of Education, 
Application Control Center, Stop 4260, Attention: (CFDA Number 
84.330C), 7100 Old Landover Road, Landover, MD 20785-1506.

    Regardless of which address you use, you must show proof of mailing 
consisting of one of the following:
    (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark.
    (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the 
U.S. Postal Service.
    (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial 
carrier.
    (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the 
U.S. Department of Education.
    If you mail your application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do 
not accept either of the following as proof of mailing:
    (1) A private metered postmark.
    (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service.
    If your application is postmarked after the application deadline 
date, we will not consider your application.

    Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated 
postmark. Before relying on this method, you should check with your 
local post office.

    c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery.
    If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission 
requirement, you (or a courier service) may deliver your paper 
application to the Department by hand. You must deliver the original 
and two copies of your application by hand, on or before the 
application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: 
U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: 
(CFDA Number 84.330C), 550 12th Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center 
Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-4260.
    The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily 
between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, except Saturdays, 
Sundays, and Federal holidays.

    Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If you 
mail or hand deliver your application to the Department--
    (1) You must indicate on the envelope and--if not provided by 
the Department--in Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA number, including 
suffix letter, if any, of the competition under which you are 
submitting your application; and
    (2) The Application Control Center will mail to you a 
notification of receipt of your grant application. If you do not 
receive this notification within 15 business days from the 
application deadline date, you should call the U.S. Department of 
Education Application Control Center at (202) 245-6288.

V. Application Review Information

    Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition are 
from 34 CFR 75.210 and, where otherwise noted, sections 1702 and 1705 
of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 6532 and 6535).

    Note: The maximum score for all selection criteria is 95 points. 
The points or weights assigned to each criterion or subcriterion are 
indicated in parentheses.

Need for the Project

    In determining need for the proposed project, we will consider the 
following factors:
    (1) The extent to which the application demonstrates a pervasive 
need for access to advanced placement incentive programs by low-income 
individuals (5 points) (20 U.S.C. 6535(c)(1)); and
    (2) The extent to which specific gaps or weaknesses in services, 
infrastructure, or opportunities have been identified and will be 
addressed by the proposed project, including the nature and magnitude 
of those gaps or weaknesses (10 points).

Quality of Project Design

    In determining the quality of the design of the proposed project, 
we will consider the following factors:
    (1) The extent to which the goals, objectives, and outcomes to be 
achieved by the proposed project are clearly specified and measurable 
(5 points);
    (2) The extent to which the proposed project will increase the rate 
at which secondary school students participate in

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advanced placement courses and increase the numbers of students who 
receive advanced placement test scores for which college academic 
credit is awarded (20 points) (20 U.S.C. 6532(7));
    (3) The extent to which the proposed activities constitute a 
coherent, sustained program of training in the field (15 points); and
    (4) The extent to which there is effective coordination and 
articulation between grade levels to prepare students for academic 
achievement in advanced placement courses (15 points) (20 U.S.C. 
6535(d)(C)).

Quality of the Management Plan

    In determining the quality of the management plan for the proposed 
project, we will consider the following factors:
    (1) The adequacy of the management plan to achieve the objectives 
of the proposed project on time and within budget, including clearly 
defined responsibilities, timelines, and milestones for accomplishing 
project tasks (8 points);
    (2) The extent to which the time commitments of the project 
director and principal investigator and other key project personnel are 
appropriate and adequate to meet the objectives of the proposed project 
(5 points); and
    (3) The extent to which the applicant demonstrates that it will 
have the capacity to report annually the data required by section 
1705(f) of the ESEA (4 points).

Adequacy of Resources

    In determining the adequacy of resources for the proposed project, 
we will consider the extent to which the applicant assures the 
availability of matching funds from State, local, or other sources to 
pay for the cost of activities to be assisted by the proposed project 
(20 U.S.C. 6535(c)(3))(8 points).

VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your 
U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award 
Notification (GAN). We may notify you informally, also.
    If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, 
we notify you.
    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify 
administrative and national policy requirements in the application 
package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable 
Regulations section in this notice.
    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of 
an award in the Applicable Regulations section in this notice and 
include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also 
incorporates your approved application as part of your binding 
commitments under the grant.
    3. Grant Administration: Applicants should budget for a two-day 
meeting for project directors to be held annually in Washington, DC. In 
addition to setting aside funds for travel, hotel, and per diem costs 
for these meetings, applicants should budget for an estimated $500 per 
participant for the costs of materials and technical assistance 
products and services that will be delivered during these meetings.
    4. Reporting: At the end of your project period, you must submit a 
final performance report, including financial information, as directed 
by the Secretary. If you receive a multi-year award, you must submit an 
annual performance report that provides the most current performance 
and financial expenditure information as directed by the Secretary 
under 34 CFR 75.118. The Secretary may also require more frequent 
performance reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements 
on reporting, please go to: http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/
appforms/appforms.html.
    5. Performance Measures: The Department has established six 
performance measures for assessing the effectiveness of the API program 
in improving the successful participation in advanced placement courses 
and tests by students attending public high schools served by API 
grants. These measures are:
    (1) The number of students who enrolled in an advanced placement 
course at each school served by an API grant, disaggregated by subject.
    (2) The number of low-income individuals who enrolled in an 
advanced placement course at each school served by an API grant, 
disaggregated by subject.
    (3) The number of advanced placement tests taken by students at 
each school served by an API grant, disaggregated by subject, divided 
by the number of seniors enrolled in each school at or around October 
1.
    (4) The number of advanced placement tests taken by low-income 
individuals at each school served by an API grant, disaggregated by 
subject.
    (5) The scores students at each school served by an API grant 
earned on advanced placement tests, disaggregated by subject.
    (6) The scores low-income individuals at each school served by an 
API earned on advanced placement tests, disaggregated by subject.
    These measures constitute the Department's measures of success for 
this program. Consequently, applicants for a grant under this program 
are advised to give careful consideration to these measures in 
identifying their goals and objectives and conceptualizing the approach 
and evaluation of their proposed projects. If funded, applicants will 
be asked to collect and report data in their performance and final 
reports about progress toward these measures.

VII. Agency Contact

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ivonne Jaime, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., LBJ Building, Room 3W246, 
Washington, DC 20202-6200. Telephone: (202) 260-1519 or by e-mail: 
AdvancedPlacementProgram@ed.gov.
    If you use a TDD, call the FRS, toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

VIII. Other Information

    Alternative Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this 
document and a copy of the application package in an alternative format 
(e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on 
request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII in this notice.
    Electronic Access to This Document: You can view this document, as 
well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal 
Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the 
Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/fedregister.
    To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available 
free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. 
Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1-888-293-6498; or in 
the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512-1530.

    Note: The official version of this document is the document 
published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the 
official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal 
Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/
nara/index.html.


    Dated: May 2, 2008.
Kerri L. Briggs,
Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.
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