Application for New Awards; Native American and Alaska Native Children in School Program, 82463-82468 [2020-27882]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 244 / Friday, December 18, 2020 / Notices Dated: December 15, 2020. Stephanie Valentine, PRA Coordinator, Strategic Collections and Clearance, Governance and Strategy Division, Office of Chief Data Officer, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development. [FR Doc. 2020–27879 Filed 12–17–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Application for New Awards; Native American and Alaska Native Children in School Program Office of English Language Acquisition, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2021 for the Native American and Alaska Native Children in School (NAM) Program, Assistance Listing Number 84.365C. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1894–0006. DATES: Applications Available: December 18, 2020. Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: January 4, 2021. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: March 3, 2021. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: May 3, 2021. ADDRESSES: For the addresses for obtaining and submitting an application, please refer to our Common Instructions for Applicants to Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the Federal Register on February 13, 2019 (84 FR 3768) and available at www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR–2019– 02–13/pdf/2019–02206.pdf. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Celeste McLaughlin, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, room 4W206, Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 453–6054. Email: NAM2021@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1–800–877– 8339. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The purpose of the NAM program is to award grants to eligible entities to develop and enhance capacity to provide effective instruction VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:22 Dec 17, 2020 Jkt 253001 and support to Native American and Alaska Native students, including Native Hawaiian and Native American Pacific Islander students, who are identified as English learners (ELs). The goal of this program is to support the teaching, learning, and studying of Native American languages while also increasing the English language proficiency and academic achievement of students served. Background: Through previous competitions, the NAM program has funded a range of grantees that are currently implementing 17 projects across the country. As we are focused on closing longstanding achievement and attainment gaps that have continued to grow, there is also a need to increase the knowledge of what practices work to effectively improve learning outcomes for Native American and Alaska Native ELs. Congress, in the Native American Languages Act of 1990, recognized the fundamental importance of preserving Native American languages. This legislation provides that it is the policy of the United States to: Preserve, protect, and promote the rights and freedom of Native Americans to use, practice, and develop Native American languages. 25 U.S.C. 2903(1) In addition, the legislation states that it is the policy of the United States to encourage and support the use of Native American languages as a medium of instruction in order to encourage and support— (A) Native American language survival, (B) Educational opportunity, (C) Increased student success and performance, (D) Increased student awareness and knowledge of their culture and history, and (E) Increased student and community pride. 25 U.S.C. 2903(3) This Federal policy is supported by growing recognition of the importance of Native language preservation in facilitating educational success for Native students. In a 2007 study by Teachers of English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL), the majority of Native youth surveyed stated that they value their Native language, view it as integral to their sense of self, want to learn it, and view it as a means of facilitating their success in school and life.1 Collaborative efforts between 1 Romero-Little, M.E., McCarty, T.L., Warhol, L., and Zepeda, O. (2007). Language policies in practice: Preliminary findings from a large-scale study of Native American language shift. TESOL Quarterly 41:3, 607–618. PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 82463 educators, families, and communities, the study suggests, may be especially promising ways to ensure that all Native students have the critical opportunity to learn their Native languages. Not only is Native language instruction critical for student engagement and fostering a rich sense of self, but research has shown that students who are bilingual have certain cognitive and social benefits that their monolingual peers may lack.2 Additionally, for students who are classified as ELs, well-implemented language instruction educational programs (as defined in this notice), including dual language approaches, may result in ELs performing equal to or better than their peers in English-only language instruction programs. These approaches have shown promise in increasing language acquisition in English and Native languages, and may also promote greater achievement in the academic content areas, including English language arts and mathematics.3 Therefore, to facilitate high-quality language instruction and academic success for Native American and Alaska Native students who are classified as ELs, this competition includes an absolute priority for projects that will support the preservation and revitalization of Native American languages while also increasing the English language proficiency of the children served under the project. For this competition, the Department also seeks projects designed to promote seamless integration of in-person and remote learning needs through digital learning. Accordingly, this notice includes an invitational priority related to instructional adaptation for remote learning and educator professional development related to remote instruction. In addition, the Department is interested in projects designed to promote literacy. Families play a critical role in preparing their children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and in life. Research suggests that when families and schools work together and support each other in their respective roles, children have a more positive attitude toward school and experience more school success. Specifically, research has found that having parents reinforce specific literacy skills is effective in improving children’s 2 Valentino, R.A., and Reardon, S.F. (2015). Effectiveness of four instructional programs designed to serve English language learners: Variation by ethnicity and initial English proficiency. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, doi: 10.3102/0162373715573310. 3 Lindholm-Leary, K.J. (2001). Dual-language education (Vol. 28). Multilingual Matters. E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 82464 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 244 / Friday, December 18, 2020 / Notices literacy.4 Accordingly, this notice includes two invitational priorities related to remote learning and promoting literacy. The promoting literacy invitational priority is from the Department’s Notice of Final Supplemental Priorities and Definitions for Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the Federal Register on March 2, 2018 (83 FR 9096). An applicant may address these priorities by proposing to improve remote learning and build greater and more effective family engagement in the education of the children it proposes to serve. In order to grow the evidence available on effective ways to support Native American and Alaska Native ELs, we include a selection criterion to evaluate the extent to which an applicant’s proposed project design is supported by a logic model that connects key project components to outcomes relevant to the program’s purpose. Under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), the Department has established measures that constitute the Department’s indicators of success for this program. Consequently, we advise an applicant for a grant under this program to carefully consider these measures in conceptualizing the approach to, and evaluation for, its proposed project. Each grantee will be required to provide, in its annual performance and final reports, data about its progress in meeting these measures. Such evaluations help ensure that projects contribute to expanding the knowledge base on effective language instruction educational programs, including dual language practices, that prepare Native American and Alaska Native ELs to achieve college, career, and life success. Priorities: This notice includes an absolute priority and two invitational priorities. The absolute priority is from section 3127 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA) (20 U.S.C. 6848). Absolute Priority: For FY 2021 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applications 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: Projects that support the teaching, learning, and studying of Native 4 Henderson, A.T. & Mapp, K.L. (2002). A new wave of evidence: The impact of school, family, and community connections on student achievement. Austin: SEDL. VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:22 Dec 17, 2020 Jkt 253001 American languages while also increasing the English language proficiency of the children served. Invitational Priorities: For FY 2021 and any subsequent years in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applications from this competition, these priorities are invitational priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1) we do not give an application that meets an invitational priority a competitive or absolute preference over other applications. These priorities are: Remote Learning Under this invitational priority, an applicant must propose a project that is designed to address one or both of the following priority areas: (a) Adopting and supporting models that leverage technology (e.g., universal design for learning, competency-based education, or hybrid/blended learning) and provide high-quality digital learning content, applications, and tools. (b) Providing personalized and jobembedded professional learning to build the capacity of educators to effectively use technology to create remote learning experiences that advance student engagement and learning (e.g., synchronous and asynchronous professional learning, professional learning networks or communities, and coaching). For the purpose of this invitational priority— Remote learning means programming where at least part of the learning occurs away from the physical school building in a manner that addresses a learner’s educational needs. Remote learning may include online, hybrid/blended learning, or non-technology-based learning (e.g., lab kits, project supplies, paper packets); and Competency-based education (CBE) (also called proficiency-based or mastery-based learning) means learning based on knowledge and skills that are transparent and measurable. Progression is based on demonstrated mastery of what students are expected to know (knowledge) and be able to do (skills), rather than seat time or age. Promoting Literacy Projects that provide families with evidence-based (as defined in this notice) strategies for promoting literacy. Such strategies may include providing families with access to books or other physical or digital materials or content about how to support their child’s reading development, or providing family literacy activities as defined in section 203(9) of the Workforce PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Definitions: The following definitions are from 34 CFR 77.1, sections 3201 and 8101 of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 7011 and 7801), and section 203(9) of the WIOA and apply to the priorities, selection criteria, and performance measures in this notice. The source of each definition is noted in parentheses following the text of the definition. Ambitious means promoting continued, meaningful improvement for program participants or for other individuals or entities affected by the grant, or representing a significant advancement in the field of education research, practices, or methodologies. When used to describe a performance target, whether a performance target is ambitious depends upon the context of the relevant performance measure and the baseline for that measure. (34 CFR 77.1) Baseline means the starting point from which performance is measured and targets are set. (34 CFR 77.1) Demonstrates a rationale means a key project component included in the project’s logic model is informed by research or evaluation findings that suggest the project component is likely to improve relevant outcomes. (34 CFR 77.1) English learner, when used with respect to an individual, means an individual— (A) Who is aged 3 through 21; (B) Who is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary school or secondary school; (C)(i) Who was not born in the United States or whose Native language is a language other than English; (ii)(I) Who is a Native American or Alaska Native, or a Native resident of the outlying areas; and (II) Who comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on the individual’s level of English language proficiency; or (iii) Who is migratory, whose Native language is a language other than English, and who comes from an environment where a language other than English is dominant; and (D) Whose difficulties in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language may be sufficient to deny the individual— (i) The ability to meet the State’s challenging State academic standards; (ii) The ability to successfully achieve in classrooms where the language of instruction is English; or (iii) The opportunity to participate fully in society. (Section 8101 of the ESEA) E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 244 / Friday, December 18, 2020 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Evidence-based means the proposed project component is supported by one or more of strong evidence, moderate evidence, promising evidence, or evidence that demonstrates a rationale. (34 CFR 77.1) Family literacy activities means activities that are of sufficient intensity and quality, to make sustainable improvements in the economic prospects for a family and that better enable parents or family members to support their children’s learning needs, and that integrate all of the following activities: (A) Parent or family adult education and literacy activities that lead to readiness for postsecondary education or training, career advancement, and economic self-sufficiency. (B) Interactive literacy activities between parents or family members and their children. (C) Training for parents or family members regarding how to be the primary teacher for their children and full partners in the education of their children. (D) An age-appropriate education to prepare children for success in school and life experiences. (Section 203(9) of the WIOA) Language instruction educational program means an instruction course— (A) In which an English learner is placed for the purpose of developing and attaining English proficiency, while meeting challenging State academic standards; and (B) That may make instructional use of both English and a child’s Native language to enable the child to develop and attain English proficiency, and may include the participation of English proficient children if such course is designed to enable all participating children to become proficient in English and a second language. (Section 3201 of the ESEA) Logic model (also referred to as a theory of action) means a framework that identifies key project components of the proposed project (i.e., the active ‘‘ingredients’’ that are hypothesized to be critical to achieving the relevant outcomes) and describes the theoretical and operational relationships among the key project components and relevant outcomes. (34 CFR 77.1) Note: Applicants may use resources such as the Pacific Education Laboratory’s Education Logic Model Application (https:// ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/pacific/ elm.asp or https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED544752) to help design their logic models. Native Hawaiian or Native American Pacific Islander Native language educational organization means a nonprofit organization with— VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:22 Dec 17, 2020 Jkt 253001 (A) A majority of its governing board and employees consisting of fluent speakers of the traditional Native American languages used in the organization’s educational programs; and (B) Not less than five years successful experience in providing educational services in traditional Native American languages. (Section 3201 of the ESEA) Performance target means a level of performance that an applicant would seek to meet during the course of a project or as a result of a project. (34 CFR 77.1) Project component means an activity, strategy, intervention, process, product, practice, or policy included in a project. Evidence may pertain to an individual project component or to a combination of project components (e.g., training teachers on instructional practices for English learners and follow-on coaching for those teachers). (34 CFR 77.1) Relevant outcome means the student outcome(s) or other outcome(s) the key project component is designed to improve, consistent with the specific goals of the program. (34 CFR 77.1) Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 6822. Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The Office of Management and Budget Guidelines to Agencies on Government-wide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) in 2 CFR part 180, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3485. (c) The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in 2 CFR part 200, as adopted and amended in 2 CFR part 3474. Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants except federally recognized Indian Tribes. Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of higher education (IHEs) only. II. Award Information Type of Award: Discretionary grants. Estimated Available Funds: The Administration’s budget request for FY 2021 does not include funds for this program. However, we are inviting applications to allow enough time to complete the grant process before the end of the current fiscal year, if Congress appropriates funds for this program. Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of applications, we may make additional awards in FY 2022 and any subsequent year from the PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 82465 list of unfunded applications from this competition. Estimated Range of Awards: $275,000–325,000 per year. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $300,000. Estimated Number of Awards: 8. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 60 months. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants: The following entities, when they operate elementary, secondary, or postsecondary schools primarily for Native American children (including Alaska Native children), are eligible applicants under this program: (a) Indian Tribes. (b) Tribally sanctioned educational authorities. (c) Native Hawaiian or Native American Pacific Islander Native language educational organizations. (d) Elementary schools or secondary schools that are operated or funded by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Education, or a consortium of these schools. (e) Elementary schools or secondary schools operated under a contract with or grant from the Bureau of Indian Education in consortium with another such school or a Tribal or community organization. (f) Elementary schools or secondary schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Education and an IHE, in consortium with an elementary school or secondary school operated under a contract with or a grant from the Bureau of Indian Education or a Tribal or community organization. Note: Eligible applicants applying as a consortium should read and follow the regulations in 34 CFR 75.127 through 75.129. Under section 3112(c) of the ESEA, EL students served under NAM grants must not be included in the child count submitted by a school district under section 3114(a) for purposes of receiving funding under the English Language Acquisition State Grants program. 2. a. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not require cost sharing or matching. b. Indirect Cost Rate Information: This program uses a restricted indirect cost rate. For more information regarding indirect costs, or to obtain a negotiated indirect cost rate, please see www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocfo/ intro.html. 3. Subgrantees: A grantee under this competition may not award subgrants to entities to directly carry out project activities described in its application. 4. Equitable Participation by Public and Private School Students and E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1 82466 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 244 / Friday, December 18, 2020 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Educational Personnel in an ESEA Title III Program: An entity that receives a grant under the NAM program must provide for the equitable participation of private school children and their teachers or other educational personnel. To ensure that grant program activities address the needs of private school children, the applicant must engage in timely and meaningful consultation with appropriate private school officials during the design and development of the program. This consultation must take place before the applicant makes any decision that affects the opportunities for participation by eligible private school children, teachers, and other educational personnel. Administrative direction and control over grant funds must remain with the grantee. (See section 8501 of the ESEA, Participation by Private School Children and Teachers.) IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Application Submission Instructions: Applicants are required to follow the Common Instructions for Applicants to Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the Federal Register on February 13, 2019 (84 FR 3768) and available at www.govinfo.gov/content/ pkg/FR-2019-02-13/pdf/2019-02206.pdf, which contain requirements and information on how to submit an application. 2. Submission of Proprietary Information: Given the types of projects that may be proposed in applications for the NAM competition, your application may include business information that you consider proprietary. In 34 CFR 5.11 we define ‘‘business information’’ and describe the process we use in determining whether any of that information is proprietary and, thus, protected from disclosure under Exemption 4 of the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552, as amended). Consistent with the process followed in the FY 2016 and FY 2018 competitions, we plan to post on our website the abstracts of all applications. Therefore, you may wish to request confidentiality of business information. Consistent with Executive Order 12600, please designate in your application any information that you believe is exempt from disclosure under Exemption 4. In the appropriate Appendix section of your application, under ‘‘Other Attachments Form,’’ please list the page number or numbers on which we can find this information. For additional information please see 34 CFR 5.11(c). VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:22 Dec 17, 2020 Jkt 253001 3. Intergovernmental Review: This competition 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. 4. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice. 5. Recommended Page Limit: The application narrative is where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your application. We recommend that you (1) limit the application narrative to no more than 35 pages and (2) 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, including titles, headings, footnotes, quotations, references, and captions, as well as all text in charts, tables, figures, and graphs. • 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. V. Application Review Information 1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition are from 34 CFR 75.210. The maximum score for all of these criteria is 100 points. The maximum score for each criterion is indicated in parentheses. (a) Quality of the project design. (up to 40 points) The Secretary considers the quality of the design of the proposed project. In determining the quality of the design of the proposed project, the Secretary considers 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. (2) The extent to which the design for implementing and evaluating the proposed project will result in information to guide possible replications of project activities or strategies including information about the effectiveness of the approach or strategies employed by the project. (3) The extent to which the proposed project demonstrates a rationale (as defined in this notice). (b) Quality of project personnel. (up to 10 points) PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Secretary considers the quality of the personnel who will carry out the proposed project. In determining the quality of project personnel, the Secretary considers the following factors: (1) The extent to which the applicant encourages applications for employment from persons who are members of groups that have traditionally been underrepresented based on race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability. (2) The qualifications, including relevant training and experience, of key project personnel. (c) Quality of the management plan. (up to 30 points) The Secretary considers the quality of the management plan for the proposed project. In determining the quality of the management plan for the proposed project, the Secretary considers 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. (2) The extent to which the time commitments of the project director and the principal investigator and other key project personnel are appropriate and adequate to meet the objectives of the proposed project. (d) Quality of the project evaluation. (up to 20 points) The Secretary considers the quality of the evaluation to be conducted of the proposed project. In determining the quality of the evaluation, the Secretary considers the following factors: (1) The extent to which the methods of evaluation are thorough, feasible, and appropriate to the goals, objectives, and outcomes of the proposed project. (2) The extent to which the methods of evaluation will provide performance feedback and permit periodic assessment of progress toward achieving intended outcomes. 2. Review and Selection Process: We remind potential applicants that in reviewing applications in any discretionary grant competition, the Secretary may consider, under 34 CFR 75.217(d)(3), the past performance of the applicant in carrying out a previous award, such as the applicant’s use of funds, achievement of project objectives, and compliance with grant conditions. The Secretary may also consider whether the applicant failed to submit a timely performance report or submitted a report of unacceptable quality. E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 244 / Friday, December 18, 2020 / Notices In addition, in making a competitive grant award, the Secretary also requires various assurances including those applicable to Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department (34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23). The Department will screen applications that are submitted for NAM grants in accordance with the requirements in this notice and determine which applications meet the eligibility and other requirements. Peer reviewers will review all eligible applications for NAM grants that are submitted by the established deadline on the four selection criteria. Applicants should note, however, that we may screen for eligibility at multiple points during the competition process, including before and after peer review; applicants that are determined to be ineligible will not receive a grant award regardless of peer reviewer scores or comments. If we determine that a NAM grant application does not meet a NAM eligibility requirement, the application will not be considered for funding. 3. Risk Assessment and Special Conditions: Consistent with 2 CFR 200.205, before awarding grants under this competition the Department conducts a review of the risks posed by applicants. Under 2 CFR 3474.10, the Secretary may impose special conditions and, in appropriate circumstances, high-risk conditions on a grant if the applicant or grantee is not financially stable; has a history of unsatisfactory performance; has a financial or other management system that does not meet the standards in 2 CFR part 200, subpart D; has not fulfilled the conditions of a prior grant; or is otherwise not responsible. 4. Integrity and Performance System: If you are selected under this competition to receive an award that over the course of the project period may exceed the simplified acquisition threshold (currently $250,000), under 2 CFR 200.205(a)(2) we must make a judgment about your integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under Federal awards—that is, the risk posed by you as an applicant—before we make an award. In doing so, we must consider any information about you that is in the integrity and performance system (currently referred to as the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS)), accessible through the System for Award Management. You may review and comment on any information about yourself that a Federal agency previously entered and that is currently in FAPIIS. VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:22 Dec 17, 2020 Jkt 253001 Please note that, if the total value of your currently active grants, cooperative agreements, and procurement contracts from the Federal Government exceeds $10,000,000, the reporting requirements in 2 CFR part 200, Appendix XII, require you to report certain integrity information to FAPIIS semiannually. Please review the requirements in 2 CFR part 200, Appendix XII, if this grant plus all the other Federal funds you receive exceed $10,000,000. 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 of this notice. We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of an award in the Applicable Regulations section of 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. Open Licensing Requirements: Unless an exception applies, if you are awarded a grant under this competition, you will be required to openly license to the public grant deliverables created in whole, or in part, with Department grant funds. When the deliverable consists of modifications to pre-existing works, the license extends only to those modifications that can be separately identified and only to the extent that open licensing is permitted under the terms of any licenses or other legal restrictions on the use of pre-existing works. Additionally, a grantee or subgrantee that is awarded competitive grant funds must have a plan to disseminate these public grant deliverables. This dissemination plan can be developed and submitted after your application has been reviewed and selected for funding. For additional information on the open licensing requirements please refer to 2 CFR 3474.20. 4. Reporting: (a) If you apply for a grant under this competition, you must ensure that you have in place the necessary processes and systems to comply with the reporting requirements in 2 CFR part 170 should you receive funding under the competition. This PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 82467 does not apply if you have an exception under 2 CFR 170.110(b). (b) 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 multiyear 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 www2.ed.gov/ fund/grant/apply/appforms/ appforms.html. (c) Under 34 CFR 75.250(b), the Secretary may provide a grantee with additional funding for data collection, analysis, and reporting. In this case the Secretary establishes a data collection period. 5. Performance Measures: Under GPRA, Federal departments and agencies must clearly describe the goals and objectives of programs, identify resources and actions needed to accomplish goals and objectives, develop a means of measuring progress made, and regularly report on achievement. One important source of program information on successes and lessons learned is the project evaluation conducted under individual grants. (a) Measures. The Department has developed the following GPRA performance measures for evaluating the overall effectiveness of the NAM program and for Department reporting under 34 CFR 75.110: • Measure 1: The number and percentage of ELs served by the project who score proficient or above on the State reading assessment. • Measure 2: The number and percentage of ELs served by the project who have attained proficiency in English as measured by the Stateapproved English language proficiency assessment. • Measure 3: The number and percentage of students participating in the Native language program who are making progress in learning a Native language, as determined by each grantee, including through measures such as performance tasks, portfolios, and pre- and post-tests. (b) Baseline data. Applicants must provide baseline data for each of the GPRA performance measures listed in paragraph (a) and include why each proposed baseline is valid; or, if the applicant has determined that there are no established baseline data for a particular performance measure, explain why there is no established baseline and E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1 82468 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 244 / Friday, December 18, 2020 / Notices explain how and when, during the project period, the applicant will establish a valid baseline for the performance measure. 34 CFR 75.110 (c) Performance measure targets. In addition, the applicant must propose in its application annual targets for the measures listed in paragraph (a). Applications must also include the following information as directed under 34 CFR 75.110(b) and (c): (1) Why each proposed performance target (as defined in this notice) is ambitious (as defined in this notice) yet achievable compared to the baseline for the performance measure. (2) The data collection and reporting methods the applicant would use and why those methods are likely to yield reliable, valid, and meaningful performance data. (3) The applicant’s capacity to collect and report reliable, valid, and meaningful performance data, as evidenced by high-quality data collection, analysis, and reporting in other projects or research. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Note: If the applicant does not have experience with collection and reporting of performance data through other projects or research, the applicant should provide other evidence of capacity to successfully carry out data collection and reporting for its proposed project. (d) Performance reports. All grantees must submit an annual performance report and final performance report with information that is responsive to these performance measures. The Department will consider these data in making annual continuation awards. (1) The performance reports for all NAM 2021 grantees must include the following project performance data (34 CFR 75.253, 75.590, 75.591, and 75.720): • The number of students who are eligible to participate in the program. • The number of participants in the program. • The number of participants who met the performance target. (2) The performance reports for the NAM 2021 grantees that addressed the promoting literacy priority must also include the number of family literacy activities including the number of or access to books or other physical or digital materials or content that they provided. (e) Department evaluations. Consistent with 34 CFR 75.591, grantees funded under this program must comply with the requirements of any evaluation of the program conducted by the Department or an evaluator selected by the Department. 6. Continuation Awards: In making a continuation award under 34 CFR VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:22 Dec 17, 2020 Jkt 253001 75.253, the Secretary considers, among other things: whether a grantee has made substantial progress in achieving the goals and objectives of the project; whether the grantee has expended funds in a manner that is consistent with its approved application and budget; and, if the Secretary has established performance measurement requirements, the performance targets in the grantee’s approved application. In making a continuation award, the Secretary also considers whether the grantee is operating in compliance with the assurances in its approved application, including those applicable to Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department (34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23). VII. 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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 244 (Friday, December 18, 2020)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Application for New Awards; Native American and Alaska Native 
Children in School Program

AGENCY: Office of English Language Acquisition, Department of 
Education.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice 
inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2021 for the Native American 
and Alaska Native Children in School (NAM) Program, Assistance Listing 
Number 84.365C. This notice relates to the approved information 
collection under OMB control number 1894-0006.

DATES: 
    Applications Available: December 18, 2020.
    Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: January 4, 2021.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: March 3, 2021.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: May 3, 2021.

ADDRESSES: For the addresses for obtaining and submitting an 
application, please refer to our Common Instructions for Applicants to 
Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the 
Federal Register on February 13, 2019 (84 FR 3768) and available at 
www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-13/pdf/2019-02206.pdf.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Celeste McLaughlin, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, room 4W206, Washington, DC 20202. 
Telephone: (202) 453-6054. Email: [email protected].
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text 
telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-
800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The purpose of the NAM program is to award 
grants to eligible entities to develop and enhance capacity to provide 
effective instruction and support to Native American and Alaska Native 
students, including Native Hawaiian and Native American Pacific 
Islander students, who are identified as English learners (ELs). The 
goal of this program is to support the teaching, learning, and studying 
of Native American languages while also increasing the English language 
proficiency and academic achievement of students served.
    Background: Through previous competitions, the NAM program has 
funded a range of grantees that are currently implementing 17 projects 
across the country. As we are focused on closing longstanding 
achievement and attainment gaps that have continued to grow, there is 
also a need to increase the knowledge of what practices work to 
effectively improve learning outcomes for Native American and Alaska 
Native ELs.
    Congress, in the Native American Languages Act of 1990, recognized 
the fundamental importance of preserving Native American languages. 
This legislation provides that it is the policy of the United States 
to:
    Preserve, protect, and promote the rights and freedom of Native 
Americans to use, practice, and develop Native American languages.
    25 U.S.C. 2903(1)
    In addition, the legislation states that it is the policy of the 
United States to encourage and support the use of Native American 
languages as a medium of instruction in order to encourage and 
support--
    (A) Native American language survival,
    (B) Educational opportunity,
    (C) Increased student success and performance,
    (D) Increased student awareness and knowledge of their culture and 
history, and
    (E) Increased student and community pride.
    25 U.S.C. 2903(3)
    This Federal policy is supported by growing recognition of the 
importance of Native language preservation in facilitating educational 
success for Native students. In a 2007 study by Teachers of English to 
Students of Other Languages (TESOL), the majority of Native youth 
surveyed stated that they value their Native language, view it as 
integral to their sense of self, want to learn it, and view it as a 
means of facilitating their success in school and life.\1\ 
Collaborative efforts between educators, families, and communities, the 
study suggests, may be especially promising ways to ensure that all 
Native students have the critical opportunity to learn their Native 
languages.
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    \1\ Romero-Little, M.E., McCarty, T.L., Warhol, L., and Zepeda, 
O. (2007). Language policies in practice: Preliminary findings from 
a large-scale study of Native American language shift. TESOL 
Quarterly 41:3, 607-618.
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    Not only is Native language instruction critical for student 
engagement and fostering a rich sense of self, but research has shown 
that students who are bilingual have certain cognitive and social 
benefits that their monolingual peers may lack.\2\ Additionally, for 
students who are classified as ELs, well-implemented language 
instruction educational programs (as defined in this notice), including 
dual language approaches, may result in ELs performing equal to or 
better than their peers in English-only language instruction programs. 
These approaches have shown promise in increasing language acquisition 
in English and Native languages, and may also promote greater 
achievement in the academic content areas, including English language 
arts and mathematics.\3\
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    \2\ Valentino, R.A., and Reardon, S.F. (2015). Effectiveness of 
four instructional programs designed to serve English language 
learners: Variation by ethnicity and initial English proficiency. 
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, doi: 10.3102/
0162373715573310.
    \3\ Lindholm-Leary, K.J. (2001). Dual-language education (Vol. 
28). Multilingual Matters.
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    Therefore, to facilitate high-quality language instruction and 
academic success for Native American and Alaska Native students who are 
classified as ELs, this competition includes an absolute priority for 
projects that will support the preservation and revitalization of 
Native American languages while also increasing the English language 
proficiency of the children served under the project.
    For this competition, the Department also seeks projects designed 
to promote seamless integration of in-person and remote learning needs 
through digital learning. Accordingly, this notice includes an 
invitational priority related to instructional adaptation for remote 
learning and educator professional development related to remote 
instruction.
    In addition, the Department is interested in projects designed to 
promote literacy. Families play a critical role in preparing their 
children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and in life. 
Research suggests that when families and schools work together and 
support each other in their respective roles, children have a more 
positive attitude toward school and experience more school success. 
Specifically, research has found that having parents reinforce specific 
literacy skills is effective in improving children's

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literacy.\4\ Accordingly, this notice includes two invitational 
priorities related to remote learning and promoting literacy. The 
promoting literacy invitational priority is from the Department's 
Notice of Final Supplemental Priorities and Definitions for 
Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the Federal Register on 
March 2, 2018 (83 FR 9096). An applicant may address these priorities 
by proposing to improve remote learning and build greater and more 
effective family engagement in the education of the children it 
proposes to serve.
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    \4\ Henderson, A.T. & Mapp, K.L. (2002). A new wave of evidence: 
The impact of school, family, and community connections on student 
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    In order to grow the evidence available on effective ways to 
support Native American and Alaska Native ELs, we include a selection 
criterion to evaluate the extent to which an applicant's proposed 
project design is supported by a logic model that connects key project 
components to outcomes relevant to the program's purpose. Under the 
Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), the Department has 
established measures that constitute the Department's indicators of 
success for this program. Consequently, we advise an applicant for a 
grant under this program to carefully consider these measures in 
conceptualizing the approach to, and evaluation for, its proposed 
project. Each grantee will be required to provide, in its annual 
performance and final reports, data about its progress in meeting these 
measures. Such evaluations help ensure that projects contribute to 
expanding the knowledge base on effective language instruction 
educational programs, including dual language practices, that prepare 
Native American and Alaska Native ELs to achieve college, career, and 
life success.
    Priorities: This notice includes an absolute priority and two 
invitational priorities. The absolute priority is from section 3127 of 
the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the 
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA) (20 U.S.C. 6848).
    Absolute Priority: For FY 2021 and any subsequent year in which we 
make awards from the list of unfunded applications 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:
    Projects that support the teaching, learning, and studying of 
Native American languages while also increasing the English language 
proficiency of the children served.
    Invitational Priorities: For FY 2021 and any subsequent years in 
which we make awards from the list of unfunded applications from this 
competition, these priorities are invitational priorities. Under 34 CFR 
75.105(c)(1) we do not give an application that meets an invitational 
priority a competitive or absolute preference over other applications.
    These priorities are:
Remote Learning
    Under this invitational priority, an applicant must propose a 
project that is designed to address one or both of the following 
priority areas:
    (a) Adopting and supporting models that leverage technology (e.g., 
universal design for learning, competency-based education, or hybrid/
blended learning) and provide high-quality digital learning content, 
applications, and tools.
    (b) Providing personalized and job-embedded professional learning 
to build the capacity of educators to effectively use technology to 
create remote learning experiences that advance student engagement and 
learning (e.g., synchronous and asynchronous professional learning, 
professional learning networks or communities, and coaching).
    For the purpose of this invitational priority--
    Remote learning means programming where at least part of the 
learning occurs away from the physical school building in a manner that 
addresses a learner's educational needs. Remote learning may include 
online, hybrid/blended learning, or non-technology-based learning 
(e.g., lab kits, project supplies, paper packets); and
    Competency-based education (CBE) (also called proficiency-based or 
mastery-based learning) means learning based on knowledge and skills 
that are transparent and measurable. Progression is based on 
demonstrated mastery of what students are expected to know (knowledge) 
and be able to do (skills), rather than seat time or age.
Promoting Literacy
    Projects that provide families with evidence-based (as defined in 
this notice) strategies for promoting literacy. Such strategies may 
include providing families with access to books or other physical or 
digital materials or content about how to support their child's reading 
development, or providing family literacy activities as defined in 
section 203(9) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
    Definitions: The following definitions are from 34 CFR 77.1, 
sections 3201 and 8101 of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 7011 and 7801), and 
section 203(9) of the WIOA and apply to the priorities, selection 
criteria, and performance measures in this notice. The source of each 
definition is noted in parentheses following the text of the 
definition.
    Ambitious means promoting continued, meaningful improvement for 
program participants or for other individuals or entities affected by 
the grant, or representing a significant advancement in the field of 
education research, practices, or methodologies. When used to describe 
a performance target, whether a performance target is ambitious depends 
upon the context of the relevant performance measure and the baseline 
for that measure. (34 CFR 77.1)
    Baseline means the starting point from which performance is 
measured and targets are set. (34 CFR 77.1)
    Demonstrates a rationale means a key project component included in 
the project's logic model is informed by research or evaluation 
findings that suggest the project component is likely to improve 
relevant outcomes. (34 CFR 77.1)
    English learner, when used with respect to an individual, means an 
individual--
    (A) Who is aged 3 through 21;
    (B) Who is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary school 
or secondary school;
    (C)(i) Who was not born in the United States or whose Native 
language is a language other than English;
    (ii)(I) Who is a Native American or Alaska Native, or a Native 
resident of the outlying areas; and
    (II) Who comes from an environment where a language other than 
English has had a significant impact on the individual's level of 
English language proficiency; or
    (iii) Who is migratory, whose Native language is a language other 
than English, and who comes from an environment where a language other 
than English is dominant; and
    (D) Whose difficulties in speaking, reading, writing, or 
understanding the English language may be sufficient to deny the 
individual--
    (i) The ability to meet the State's challenging State academic 
standards;
    (ii) The ability to successfully achieve in classrooms where the 
language of instruction is English; or
    (iii) The opportunity to participate fully in society. (Section 
8101 of the ESEA)

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    Evidence-based means the proposed project component is supported by 
one or more of strong evidence, moderate evidence, promising evidence, 
or evidence that demonstrates a rationale. (34 CFR 77.1)
    Family literacy activities means activities that are of sufficient 
intensity and quality, to make sustainable improvements in the economic 
prospects for a family and that better enable parents or family members 
to support their children's learning needs, and that integrate all of 
the following activities:
    (A) Parent or family adult education and literacy activities that 
lead to readiness for postsecondary education or training, career 
advancement, and economic self-sufficiency.
    (B) Interactive literacy activities between parents or family 
members and their children.
    (C) Training for parents or family members regarding how to be the 
primary teacher for their children and full partners in the education 
of their children.
    (D) An age-appropriate education to prepare children for success in 
school and life experiences. (Section 203(9) of the WIOA)
    Language instruction educational program means an instruction 
course--
    (A) In which an English learner is placed for the purpose of 
developing and attaining English proficiency, while meeting challenging 
State academic standards; and
    (B) That may make instructional use of both English and a child's 
Native language to enable the child to develop and attain English 
proficiency, and may include the participation of English proficient 
children if such course is designed to enable all participating 
children to become proficient in English and a second language. 
(Section 3201 of the ESEA)
    Logic model (also referred to as a theory of action) means a 
framework that identifies key project components of the proposed 
project (i.e., the active ``ingredients'' that are hypothesized to be 
critical to achieving the relevant outcomes) and describes the 
theoretical and operational relationships among the key project 
components and relevant outcomes. (34 CFR 77.1)

    Note: Applicants may use resources such as the Pacific Education 
Laboratory's Education Logic Model Application (https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/pacific/elm.asp or https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED544752) to help design their logic models.

    Native Hawaiian or Native American Pacific Islander Native language 
educational organization means a nonprofit organization with--
    (A) A majority of its governing board and employees consisting of 
fluent speakers of the traditional Native American languages used in 
the organization's educational programs; and
    (B) Not less than five years successful experience in providing 
educational services in traditional Native American languages. (Section 
3201 of the ESEA)
    Performance target means a level of performance that an applicant 
would seek to meet during the course of a project or as a result of a 
project. (34 CFR 77.1)
    Project component means an activity, strategy, intervention, 
process, product, practice, or policy included in a project. Evidence 
may pertain to an individual project component or to a combination of 
project components (e.g., training teachers on instructional practices 
for English learners and follow-on coaching for those teachers). (34 
CFR 77.1)
    Relevant outcome means the student outcome(s) or other outcome(s) 
the key project component is designed to improve, consistent with the 
specific goals of the program. (34 CFR 77.1)
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 6822.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 86, 
97, 98, and 99. (b) The Office of Management and Budget Guidelines to 
Agencies on Government-wide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) 
in 2 CFR part 180, as adopted and amended as regulations of the 
Department in 2 CFR part 3485. (c) The Uniform Administrative 
Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal 
Awards in 2 CFR part 200, as adopted and amended in 2 CFR part 3474.

    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants 
except federally recognized Indian Tribes.


    Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of 
higher education (IHEs) only.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
    Estimated Available Funds: The Administration's budget request for 
FY 2021 does not include funds for this program. However, we are 
inviting applications to allow enough time to complete the grant 
process before the end of the current fiscal year, if Congress 
appropriates funds for this program.
    Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of 
applications, we may make additional awards in FY 2022 and any 
subsequent year from the list of unfunded applications from this 
competition.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $275,000-325,000 per year.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $300,000.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 8.

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

    Project Period: Up to 60 months.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: The following entities, when they operate 
elementary, secondary, or postsecondary schools primarily for Native 
American children (including Alaska Native children), are eligible 
applicants under this program:
    (a) Indian Tribes.
    (b) Tribally sanctioned educational authorities.
    (c) Native Hawaiian or Native American Pacific Islander Native 
language educational organizations.
    (d) Elementary schools or secondary schools that are operated or 
funded by the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Education, 
or a consortium of these schools.
    (e) Elementary schools or secondary schools operated under a 
contract with or grant from the Bureau of Indian Education in 
consortium with another such school or a Tribal or community 
organization.
    (f) Elementary schools or secondary schools operated by the Bureau 
of Indian Education and an IHE, in consortium with an elementary school 
or secondary school operated under a contract with or a grant from the 
Bureau of Indian Education or a Tribal or community organization.

    Note:  Eligible applicants applying as a consortium should read 
and follow the regulations in 34 CFR 75.127 through 75.129.

    Under section 3112(c) of the ESEA, EL students served under NAM 
grants must not be included in the child count submitted by a school 
district under section 3114(a) for purposes of receiving funding under 
the English Language Acquisition State Grants program.
    2. a. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not require cost 
sharing or matching.
    b. Indirect Cost Rate Information: This program uses a restricted 
indirect cost rate. For more information regarding indirect costs, or 
to obtain a negotiated indirect cost rate, please see www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocfo/intro.html.
    3. Subgrantees: A grantee under this competition may not award 
subgrants to entities to directly carry out project activities 
described in its application.
    4. Equitable Participation by Public and Private School Students 
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Educational Personnel in an ESEA Title III Program: An entity that 
receives a grant under the NAM program must provide for the equitable 
participation of private school children and their teachers or other 
educational personnel. To ensure that grant program activities address 
the needs of private school children, the applicant must engage in 
timely and meaningful consultation with appropriate private school 
officials during the design and development of the program. This 
consultation must take place before the applicant makes any decision 
that affects the opportunities for participation by eligible private 
school children, teachers, and other educational personnel. 
Administrative direction and control over grant funds must remain with 
the grantee. (See section 8501 of the ESEA, Participation by Private 
School Children and Teachers.)

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Application Submission Instructions: Applicants are required to 
follow the Common Instructions for Applicants to Department of 
Education Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the Federal 
Register on February 13, 2019 (84 FR 3768) and available at 
www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-13/pdf/2019-02206.pdf, which 
contain requirements and information on how to submit an application.
    2. Submission of Proprietary Information: Given the types of 
projects that may be proposed in applications for the NAM competition, 
your application may include business information that you consider 
proprietary. In 34 CFR 5.11 we define ``business information'' and 
describe the process we use in determining whether any of that 
information is proprietary and, thus, protected from disclosure under 
Exemption 4 of the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552, as 
amended).
    Consistent with the process followed in the FY 2016 and FY 2018 
competitions, we plan to post on our website the abstracts of all 
applications. Therefore, you may wish to request confidentiality of 
business information.
    Consistent with Executive Order 12600, please designate in your 
application any information that you believe is exempt from disclosure 
under Exemption 4. In the appropriate Appendix section of your 
application, under ``Other Attachments Form,'' please list the page 
number or numbers on which we can find this information. For additional 
information please see 34 CFR 5.11(c).
    3. Intergovernmental Review: This competition 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.
    4. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding 
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.
    5. Recommended Page Limit: The application narrative is where you, 
the applicant, address the selection criteria that reviewers use to 
evaluate your application. We recommend that you (1) limit the 
application narrative to no more than 35 pages and (2) 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, including titles, headings, 
footnotes, quotations, references, and captions, as well as all text in 
charts, tables, figures, and graphs.
     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.

V. Application Review Information

    1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition 
are from 34 CFR 75.210. The maximum score for all of these criteria is 
100 points. The maximum score for each criterion is indicated in 
parentheses.
    (a) Quality of the project design. (up to 40 points)
    The Secretary considers the quality of the design of the proposed 
project. In determining the quality of the design of the proposed 
project, the Secretary considers 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.
    (2) The extent to which the design for implementing and evaluating 
the proposed project will result in information to guide possible 
replications of project activities or strategies including information 
about the effectiveness of the approach or strategies employed by the 
project.
    (3) The extent to which the proposed project demonstrates a 
rationale (as defined in this notice).
    (b) Quality of project personnel. (up to 10 points)
    The Secretary considers the quality of the personnel who will carry 
out the proposed project. In determining the quality of project 
personnel, the Secretary considers the following factors:
    (1) The extent to which the applicant encourages applications for 
employment from persons who are members of groups that have 
traditionally been underrepresented based on race, color, national 
origin, gender, age, or disability.
    (2) The qualifications, including relevant training and experience, 
of key project personnel.
    (c) Quality of the management plan. (up to 30 points)
    The Secretary considers the quality of the management plan for the 
proposed project. In determining the quality of the management plan for 
the proposed project, the Secretary considers 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.
    (2) The extent to which the time commitments of the project 
director and the principal investigator and other key project personnel 
are appropriate and adequate to meet the objectives of the proposed 
project.
    (d) Quality of the project evaluation. (up to 20 points)
    The Secretary considers the quality of the evaluation to be 
conducted of the proposed project. In determining the quality of the 
evaluation, the Secretary considers the following factors:
    (1) The extent to which the methods of evaluation are thorough, 
feasible, and appropriate to the goals, objectives, and outcomes of the 
proposed project.
    (2) The extent to which the methods of evaluation will provide 
performance feedback and permit periodic assessment of progress toward 
achieving intended outcomes.
    2. Review and Selection Process: We remind potential applicants 
that in reviewing applications in any discretionary grant competition, 
the Secretary may consider, under 34 CFR 75.217(d)(3), the past 
performance of the applicant in carrying out a previous award, such as 
the applicant's use of funds, achievement of project objectives, and 
compliance with grant conditions. The Secretary may also consider 
whether the applicant failed to submit a timely performance report or 
submitted a report of unacceptable quality.

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    In addition, in making a competitive grant award, the Secretary 
also requires various assurances including those applicable to Federal 
civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or 
activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department 
(34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).
    The Department will screen applications that are submitted for NAM 
grants in accordance with the requirements in this notice and determine 
which applications meet the eligibility and other requirements. Peer 
reviewers will review all eligible applications for NAM grants that are 
submitted by the established deadline on the four selection criteria.
    Applicants should note, however, that we may screen for eligibility 
at multiple points during the competition process, including before and 
after peer review; applicants that are determined to be ineligible will 
not receive a grant award regardless of peer reviewer scores or 
comments. If we determine that a NAM grant application does not meet a 
NAM eligibility requirement, the application will not be considered for 
funding.
    3. Risk Assessment and Special Conditions: Consistent with 2 CFR 
200.205, before awarding grants under this competition the Department 
conducts a review of the risks posed by applicants. Under 2 CFR 
3474.10, the Secretary may impose special conditions and, in 
appropriate circumstances, high-risk conditions on a grant if the 
applicant or grantee is not financially stable; has a history of 
unsatisfactory performance; has a financial or other management system 
that does not meet the standards in 2 CFR part 200, subpart D; has not 
fulfilled the conditions of a prior grant; or is otherwise not 
responsible.
    4. Integrity and Performance System: If you are selected under this 
competition to receive an award that over the course of the project 
period may exceed the simplified acquisition threshold (currently 
$250,000), under 2 CFR 200.205(a)(2) we must make a judgment about your 
integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under Federal 
awards--that is, the risk posed by you as an applicant--before we make 
an award. In doing so, we must consider any information about you that 
is in the integrity and performance system (currently referred to as 
the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System 
(FAPIIS)), accessible through the System for Award Management. You may 
review and comment on any information about yourself that a Federal 
agency previously entered and that is currently in FAPIIS.
    Please note that, if the total value of your currently active 
grants, cooperative agreements, and procurement contracts from the 
Federal Government exceeds $10,000,000, the reporting requirements in 2 
CFR part 200, Appendix XII, require you to report certain integrity 
information to FAPIIS semiannually. Please review the requirements in 2 
CFR part 200, Appendix XII, if this grant plus all the other Federal 
funds you receive exceed $10,000,000.

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 of this notice.
    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of 
an award in the Applicable Regulations section of 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. Open Licensing Requirements: Unless an exception applies, if you 
are awarded a grant under this competition, you will be required to 
openly license to the public grant deliverables created in whole, or in 
part, with Department grant funds. When the deliverable consists of 
modifications to pre-existing works, the license extends only to those 
modifications that can be separately identified and only to the extent 
that open licensing is permitted under the terms of any licenses or 
other legal restrictions on the use of pre-existing works. 
Additionally, a grantee or subgrantee that is awarded competitive grant 
funds must have a plan to disseminate these public grant deliverables. 
This dissemination plan can be developed and submitted after your 
application has been reviewed and selected for funding. For additional 
information on the open licensing requirements please refer to 2 CFR 
3474.20.
    4. Reporting: (a) If you apply for a grant under this competition, 
you must ensure that you have in place the necessary processes and 
systems to comply with the reporting requirements in 2 CFR part 170 
should you receive funding under the competition. This does not apply 
if you have an exception under 2 CFR 170.110(b).
    (b) 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 multiyear 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 www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/appforms/appforms.html.
    (c) Under 34 CFR 75.250(b), the Secretary may provide a grantee 
with additional funding for data collection, analysis, and reporting. 
In this case the Secretary establishes a data collection period.
    5. Performance Measures: Under GPRA, Federal departments and 
agencies must clearly describe the goals and objectives of programs, 
identify resources and actions needed to accomplish goals and 
objectives, develop a means of measuring progress made, and regularly 
report on achievement. One important source of program information on 
successes and lessons learned is the project evaluation conducted under 
individual grants.
    (a) Measures. The Department has developed the following GPRA 
performance measures for evaluating the overall effectiveness of the 
NAM program and for Department reporting under 34 CFR 75.110:
     Measure 1: The number and percentage of ELs served by the 
project who score proficient or above on the State reading assessment.
     Measure 2: The number and percentage of ELs served by the 
project who have attained proficiency in English as measured by the 
State-approved English language proficiency assessment.
     Measure 3: The number and percentage of students 
participating in the Native language program who are making progress in 
learning a Native language, as determined by each grantee, including 
through measures such as performance tasks, portfolios, and pre- and 
post-tests.
    (b) Baseline data. Applicants must provide baseline data for each 
of the GPRA performance measures listed in paragraph (a) and include 
why each proposed baseline is valid; or, if the applicant has 
determined that there are no established baseline data for a particular 
performance measure, explain why there is no established baseline and

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explain how and when, during the project period, the applicant will 
establish a valid baseline for the performance measure. 34 CFR 75.110
    (c) Performance measure targets. In addition, the applicant must 
propose in its application annual targets for the measures listed in 
paragraph (a). Applications must also include the following information 
as directed under 34 CFR 75.110(b) and (c):
    (1) Why each proposed performance target (as defined in this 
notice) is ambitious (as defined in this notice) yet achievable 
compared to the baseline for the performance measure.
    (2) The data collection and reporting methods the applicant would 
use and why those methods are likely to yield reliable, valid, and 
meaningful performance data.
    (3) The applicant's capacity to collect and report reliable, valid, 
and meaningful performance data, as evidenced by high-quality data 
collection, analysis, and reporting in other projects or research.

    Note: If the applicant does not have experience with collection 
and reporting of performance data through other projects or 
research, the applicant should provide other evidence of capacity to 
successfully carry out data collection and reporting for its 
proposed project.

    (d) Performance reports. All grantees must submit an annual 
performance report and final performance report with information that 
is responsive to these performance measures. The Department will 
consider these data in making annual continuation awards.
    (1) The performance reports for all NAM 2021 grantees must include 
the following project performance data (34 CFR 75.253, 75.590, 75.591, 
and 75.720):
     The number of students who are eligible to participate in 
the program.
     The number of participants in the program.
     The number of participants who met the performance target.
    (2) The performance reports for the NAM 2021 grantees that 
addressed the promoting literacy priority must also include the number 
of family literacy activities including the number of or access to 
books or other physical or digital materials or content that they 
provided.
    (e) Department evaluations. Consistent with 34 CFR 75.591, grantees 
funded under this program must comply with the requirements of any 
evaluation of the program conducted by the Department or an evaluator 
selected by the Department.
    6. Continuation Awards: In making a continuation award under 34 CFR 
75.253, the Secretary considers, among other things: whether a grantee 
has made substantial progress in achieving the goals and objectives of 
the project; whether the grantee has expended funds in a manner that is 
consistent with its approved application and budget; and, if the 
Secretary has established performance measurement requirements, the 
performance targets in the grantee's approved application.
    In making a continuation award, the Secretary also considers 
whether the grantee is operating in compliance with the assurances in 
its approved application, including those applicable to Federal civil 
rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities 
receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department (34 CFR 
100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).

VII. Other Information

    Accessible Format: On request to the program contact person listed 
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, individuals with disabilities 
can obtain this document and a copy of the application package in an 
accessible format. The Department will provide the requestor with an 
accessible format that may include Rich Text Format (RTF) or text 
format (txt), a thumb drive, an MP3 file, braille, large print, 
audiotape, or compact disc, or other accessible format.
    Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this 
document is the document published in the Federal Register. You may 
access the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of 
Federal Regulations at www.govinfo.gov. At this site you can view this 
document, as well as all other documents of this Department published 
in the Federal Register, in text or Portable Document Format (PDF). To 
use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at 
the site.
    You may also access documents of the Department published in the 
Federal Register by using the article search feature at: 
www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search 
feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published 
by the Department.

Lorena McElwain,
Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director, Office of English Language 
Acquisition.
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