Você está na página 1de 5

Federal Register / Vol. 70, No.

60 / Wednesday, March 30, 2005 / Notices 16249

SW., room 4W223, Washington, DC specified in the Educational Service Priority 1—Participation in a National
20202–5943. Telephone: (202) 205–9654 Agencies section of the Application Research Evaluation that Assesses the
or by e-mail: carol.fromboluti@ed.gov. Requirements in the notice of final Effectiveness of Supplemental Reading
If you use a telecommunications priorities, requirements, definitions and Programs in Freshman Academies
device for the deaf (TDD), you may call selection criteria for this competition To be eligible for consideration under
the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at (NFP), published elsewhere in this issue this priority, an applicant must—
1–800–877–8339. of the Federal Register, are eligible to (1) Apply on behalf of two or four
Individuals with disabilities may apply on behalf of two or four large high large high schools that are currently
obtain this document in an alternative schools that agree to all of the implementing freshman academies;
format (e.g., Braille, large print, requirements of participation in the (2) Provide a detailed description of
audiotape, or computer diskette) on research evaluation. Additional literacy classes and/or other activities
request to the program contact person eligibility requirements aware listed in implemented within the last two years
listed in this section. the Eligibility section of the Application that were designed to promote the
VIII. Other Information Requirements in the NFP, published reading achievement of striving ninth-
elsewhere in this issue of the Federal grade readers (as defined in the NFP,
Electronic Access to This Document: Register.
You may view this document, as well as published elsewhere in this issue of the
all other documents of this Department Estimated Available Funds: Federal Register) at any of the schools
published in the Federal Register, in $40,000,000. on behalf of which the LEA has applied;
text or Adobe Portable Document Estimated Range of Awards: (3) Provide documentation of the
Format (PDF) on the Internet at the $1,250,000–$5,000,000. Additional LEA’s and schools’ willingness to
following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/ information regarding awards and participate in a large-scale national
fedregister. budget determinations is in the Budget evaluation that uses scientifically based
To use PDF you must have Adobe Information for Determination of Award research methods. Each LEA must
Acrobat Reader, which is available free section in the Application Requirements include in its application a letter from
at this site. If you have questions about in the NFP, published elsewhere in this its superintendent and the principals of
using PDF, call the U.S. Government issue of the Federal Register. the high schools named in the
Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1– application, agreeing to meet the
Estimated Number of Awards: 8–12. requirements of the research design, and
888–293–6498; or in the Washington,
DC, area at (202) 512–1530. Note: The Department is not bound by any each LEA must include in its
estimates in this notice. application a letter from its research
Note: The official version of this document
office or research board agreeing to meet
is the document published in the Federal Project Period: Up to 60 months.
Register. Free Internet access to the official the requirements of the research design,
edition of the Federal Register and the Code Full Text of Announcement if such approval is needed according to
of Federal Regulations is available on GPO I. Funding Opportunity Description local policies;
Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/ (4) Agree to implement two
index.html. Purpose of Program: The purpose of designated supplemental reading
the Smaller Learning Communities programs for striving ninth-grade
Dated: March 24, 2005.
(SLC) program is to promote academic readers, one in each eligible high
Michael J. Petrilli, school, adhering strictly to the design of
achievement through the planning,
Acting Assistant Deputy Secretary for implementation or expansion of small, the reading program, with the
Innovation and Improvement. understanding that the supplemental
safe, and successful learning
[FR Doc. 05–6265 Filed 3–29–05; 8:45 am] environments in large high schools to reading program will be either the
BILLING CODE 4000–01–P
help ensure that all students graduate Strategic Instruction Model or Reading
with the knowledge and skills necessary Apprenticeship Academic Literacy, as
to make successful transitions to college assigned to each school by the
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION evaluation contractor;
and careers. The purpose of this special
Office of Vocational and Adult competition is to fund, using a portion (5) Assign a language arts or social
Education; Overview Information; of FY 2004 SLC program funds, a studies teacher, providing his or her
Smaller Learning Communities— national research evaluation of name, resume, and a signed letter of
Special Competition for Supplemental supplemental reading programs in a interest, in each participating high
Reading Program Research special type of SLC structure called school to: (a) Participate in professional
Evaluation; Notice Inviting freshman academies, and, in addition, development necessary to implement
Applications for New Awards for Fiscal to support a broader range of activities the supplemental reading program
Year (FY) 2004 to create or expand SLCs in (which will include travel to
participating schools. Washington, DC, or another off-site
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Priorities: This competition includes location during the first two weeks in
(CFDA) Number: 84.215L. August of 2005); (b) teach the selected
one absolute priority and one
DATES: Applications Available: March competitive preference priority. Both of supplemental reading program to
30, 2005. these priorities are from the NFP, participating students for a minimum of
Deadline for Transmittal of published elsewhere in this issue of the 225 minutes per week for each week of
Applications: May 16, 2005. Federal Register. the 2005–2006 and 2006–2007 school
Deadline for Intergovernmental years; (c) complete two surveys; (d)
Review: July 13, 2005. Absolute Priority: For this special assist with the administration of surveys
Eligible Applicants: Local educational competition, Priority 1 is an absolute and student assessments; (e) work with
agencies (LEAs), including schools priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we the LEA, school officials, MDRC, and
funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs consider only applications that meet AIR to recruit 125 or more students for
(BIA schools) and educational service this priority. the program and the larger research
agencies that meet the requirements The priority is: evaluation; (f) determine students’

VerDate jul<14>2003 15:07 Mar 29, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\30MRN1.SGM 30MRN1
16250 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 60 / Wednesday, March 30, 2005 / Notices

eligibility to participate in the research Authority; Educational Service IV. Application and Submission
evaluation, with the guidance of the Agencies; Budget Information for Information
evaluation contractor; and (g) work with Determination of Award; Student 1. Address to Request Application
the LEA, school officials, MDRC, and Placement within the Broader SLC Package: Matthew Fitzpatrick, U.S.
AIR to obtain parental consent for Project; Performance Indicators for the Department of Education, 400 Maryland
students to participate in assessments Broader SLC Project; Evaluation of Avenue, SW., room 11120, Potomac
and other data collections; Broader SLC Projects; Participation in Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–
(6) Designate a substitute or the Research Evaluation; and High-Risk 7241. Telephone: (202) 245–7770. Fax:
replacement teacher in the event that Status and Other Enforcement (202) 245–7170.
the teacher of the supplemental reading Mechanisms. If you use a telecommunications
program takes a leave of absence, Definitions: In addition to the device for the deaf (TDD), you may call
resigns, or is otherwise unwilling or definitions in the authorizing statute the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–
unable to participate; and and 34 CFR 77.1, the definitions in the 800–877–8339.
(7) Agree to provide, prior to the start NFP, published elsewhere in this issue You may also obtain an application
of school years 2005–06 and 2006–07, of the Federal Register, apply. package via Internet from the following
for each participating high school, a list Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 7249. address: http://www.ed.gov/programs/
of at least 125 striving ninth-grade Applicable Regulations: (a) The slcp/applicant.html.
readers who are eligible to participate in Education Department General Individuals with disabilities may
the research evaluation; work with the Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in obtain a copy of the application package
contractor to assign by lottery 50 of 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 84, in an alternative format (e.g., Braille,
those students in each participating 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99; and (b) the large print, audiotape, or computer
high school to the supplemental reading priorities, requirements, definitions, and diskette) by contacting the program
program and assign the remaining selection criteria contained in the NFP, contact person listed in this section.
students to other activities in which published elsewhere in this issue of the 2. Content and Form of Application
they would otherwise participate, such Federal Register. Submission: Requirements concerning
as a study hall, electives, or other Note: The regulations in part 79 apply to the content of an application, together
activity that does not involve all applicants except federally recognized with the forms you must submit, are in
supplemental reading instruction; Indian tribes. the application package for this
provide students selected for the competition.
supplemental reading program with a II. Award Information Page Limit: The application narrative
minimum of 225 minutes per week of Type of Award: Discretionary grants. (Part III of the application) is where you,
instruction in the supplemental reading Estimated Available Funds: the applicant, address the selection
program for each week of the school $40,000,000. criteria that reviewers use to evaluate
year; and allow enough flexibility in the Estimated Range of Awards: your application. You must limit Part III
schedules of all eligible students so that $1,250,000–$5,000,000. to the equivalent of no more than 35
students who are not initially selected Additional information regarding pages, using the following standards:
by lottery to participate in the awards and budget determinations is in • A ‘‘page’’ is 8.5″ x 11″, on one side
supplemental reading program may be the Budget Information for only, with 1″ margins at the top, bottom,
reassigned, at random, to the program if Determination of Award section in the and both sides.
students who were initially selected for Application Requirements in the NFP, • Double space (no more than three
the program transfer to another school, published elsewhere in this issue of the lines per vertical inch) all text in the
drop out, or otherwise discontinue their Federal Register. application narrative, including titles,
participation in supplemental reading Estimated Number of Awards: 8–12. headings, footnotes, quotations,
instruction during the school year. references, and captions, as well as all
Note: The Department is not bound by any
Competitive Preference Priority: For estimates in this notice.
text in charts, tables, figures, and
this special competition, Priority 2 is a graphs.
competitive preference priority. Under Project Period: Up to 60 months. • Use a font that is either 12 point or
34 CFR 75.105(c)(2) we award 25 III. Eligibility Information larger or no smaller than 10 pitch
additional points to applications that (characters per inch).
meet this priority. These points are in 1. Eligible Applicants: LEAs, The page limit does not apply to Part
addition to any points the application including BIA schools and educational I, the cover sheet; Part II, the budget
earns under the selection criteria. service agencies that meet the section, including the narrative budget
The priority is: requirements specified in the justification; Part IV, the assurances and
Educational Service Agencies section of certifications; or the one-page abstract,
Priority 2—Number of Schools the Application Requirements in the the resumes, the bibliography, or the
The Secretary gives priority to NFP, published elsewhere in this issue letters of support. However, you must
applications from LEAs applying on of the Federal Register, are eligible to include all of the application narrative
behalf of four high schools that are apply on behalf of two or four large high in Part III.
implementing freshman academies and schools that agree to all of the Our reviewers will not read any pages
that commit to participate in the requirements of participation in the of your application that exceed the page
research evaluation. research evaluation. Additional limit if you apply these standards, or
Application Requirements: Additional eligibility requirements are listed in the exceed the equivalent of the page limit
requirements for all projects funded Eligibility section of the Application if you apply other standards.
through this competition are in the NFP, Requirements in the NFP, published 3. Submission Dates and Times:
published elsewhere in this issue of the elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Applications Available: March 30, 2005.
Federal Register. Register. Deadline for Transmittal of
These additional requirements are: 2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This Applications: May 16, 2005.
Eligibility; School Report Cards; competition does not involve cost Applications for grants under this
Consortium Applications and Governing sharing or matching. competition must be submitted by mail

VerDate jul<14>2003 15:07 Mar 29, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\30MRN1.SGM 30MRN1
Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 60 / Wednesday, March 30, 2005 / Notices 16251

or hand delivery. For information If your application is postmarked after attendance and dropout rates; incidents
(including dates and times) about how the application deadline date, we will of violence, drug and alcohol use, and
to submit your application by mail or not consider your application. disciplinary actions; percentage of
hand delivery, please refer to section IV. Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not students who have limited English
6. Other Submission Requirements in uniformly provide a dated postmark. Before proficiency, come from low-income
this notice. relying on this method, you should check families, or are otherwise
We do not consider an application with your local post office. disadvantaged; or other need factors as
that does not comply with the deadline identified by the applicant (7 points);
b. Submission of Applications by
requirements. and
Hand Delivery. If you submit your (2) Address the needs it has identified
Deadline for Intergovernmental application by hand delivery, you (or a
Review: July 13, 2005. in accordance with paragraph (1)
courier service) must deliver the through participation in the
4. Intergovernmental Review: This original and two copies of your
competition is subject to Executive supplemental reading program activities
application, by hand, on or before the (3 points).
Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 application deadline date, to the
CFR part 79. Information about Department at the following address: Foundation for Implementation of the
Intergovernmental Review of Federal U.S. Department of Education, Supplemental Reading Program (50
Programs under Executive Order 12372 Application Control Center, Attention: Points)
is in the application package for this (CFDA Number 84.215L Special In determining the foundation for
competition. Competition), 550 12th Street, SW., implementation of the supplemental
5. Funding Restrictions: We reference Room 7041, Potomac Center Plaza, reading program, we will consider the
regulations outlining funding Washington, DC 20202–4260. extent to which—
restrictions in the Applicable The Application Control Center (1) Administrators, teachers, and
Regulations section of this notice. accepts hand deliveries daily between 8 other school staff within each school
6. Other Submission Requirements: a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC support the school’s proposed
Applications for grants under this time, except Saturdays, Sundays, and involvement in the supplemental
competition must be submitted in paper Federal holidays. reading program and have been and will
format by mail or hand delivery. Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of continue to be involved in its planning,
a. Submission of Applications by Paper Applications: If you mail or hand development, and implementation,
Mail. If you submit your application by deliver your application to the including, particularly, those teachers
mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or Department: who will be directly affected by the
a commercial carrier), you must mail the (1) You must indicate on the envelope proposed project, as evidenced in part
original and two copies of your and—if not provided by the by a letter of interest from the language
application, on or before the application Department—in Item 4 of the ED 424 the arts or social studies teacher who will
deadline date, to the Department at the CFDA number—and suffix letter, if teach the supplemental reading program
applicable following address: any—of the competition under which (15 points);
By mail through the U.S. Postal you are submitting your application. (2) Parents, students, and other
Service: U.S. Department of Education, (2) The Application Control Center community stakeholders support the
Application Control Center, Attention: will mail a grant application receipt proposed implementation of the
(CFDA Number 84.215L Special acknowledgment to you. If you do not supplemental reading program and have
Competition), 400 Maryland Avenue, receive the grant application receipt been and will continue to be involved
SW., Washington, DC 20202–4260; or acknowledgment within 15 business in its planning, development, and
By mail through a commercial carrier: days from the application deadline date, implementation (3 points);
U.S. Department of Education, you should call the U.S. Department of (3) The proposed implementation of
Application Control Center—Stop 4260, Education Application Control Center at the supplemental reading program is
Attention: (CFDA Number 84.215L (202) 245–6288. consistent with, and will advance, State
Special Competition), 7100 Old and local initiatives to increase student
Landover Road, Landover, MD 20785– V. Application Review Information
achievement and narrow gaps in
1506. Selection Criteria: The selection achievement between all students and
Regardless of the address you use, you criteria for this special competition are students who are economically
must show proof of mailing consisting described in this section. The maximum disadvantaged, students from major
of one of the following: score for all selection criteria is 100 racial and ethnic groups, students with
(1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service points. The maximum score for each disabilities, or students with limited
postmark, criterion or factor under that criterion is English proficiency (4 points);
(2) A legible mail receipt with the indicated in parentheses. (4) The applicant demonstrates that it
date of mailing stamped by the U.S. has carried out sufficient planning and
Postal Service, Need for Participation in the
preparatory activities, outreach, and
(3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or Supplemental Reading Program (10
consultation with teachers,
receipt from a commercial carrier, or Points)
administrators, and other stakeholders
(4) Any other proof of mailing In determining the need for to enable it to participate effectively in
acceptable to the Secretary of the U.S. participation in the supplemental the supplemental reading program at the
Department of Education. reading program, we will consider the beginning of the 2005–6 school year (5
If you mail your application through extent to which the applicant will— points);
the U.S. Postal Service, we do not (1) Involve schools that have the (5) The applicant articulates a plan for
accept either of the following as proof greatest need for assistance as indicated using information gathered from the
of mailing: by such factors as: Student achievement evaluation of the supplemental reading
(1) A private metered postmark, or scores in English or language arts; program to inform decision and
(2) A mail receipt that is not dated by student achievement scores in other policymaking at the LEA and school
the U.S. Postal Service. core curriculum areas; enrollment; levels (3 points); and

VerDate jul<14>2003 15:07 Mar 29, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\30MRN1.SGM 30MRN1
16252 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 60 / Wednesday, March 30, 2005 / Notices

(6) The applicant, in its description of skills that are significantly below grade accurate, valid, and reliable data for
literacy classes and/or other activities level; and provide the knowledge and each of the required performance
(implemented, within the last two years, skills they need to participate effectively indicators, including student
at each of the high schools on behalf of in the development, expansion, or achievement data that are disaggregated
which the LEA is applying in this implementation of an SLC (5 points). for economically disadvantaged
competition) that were designed to students, students from major racial and
Quality of the Management Plan (15
promote the reading achievement of ethnic groups, students with
Points)
striving ninth-grade readers, disabilities, and students with limited
demonstrates that those activities will In determining the quality of the English proficiency (2 points);
not affect the outcomes of the research management plan for the proposed (3) The extent to which the evaluation
evaluation, and that the ninth-grade project, we consider the following will collect additional qualitative and
teachers in each school have not factors— quantitative data that will be useful in
previously received professional (1) The adequacy of the proposed assessing the success and progress of
development in either the Strategic management plan to allow the implementation, including, at a
Instruction Model, Reading Apprentice participating schools to implement minimum, accurate, valid, and reliable
Academic Literacy, or a similar effectively the research evaluation and data for the additional performance
supplemental reading program (20 broader SLC project on time and within indicators identified by the applicant in
points). budget, including clearly defined the application (2 points);
responsibilities and detailed timelines (4) The extent to which the methods
Quality of the Project Design for the and milestones for accomplishing of evaluation will provide timely and
Broader SLC Project (15 Points) project tasks (3 points); regular feedback to the LEA and the
In determining the quality of the (2) The extent to which time school on the success and progress of
project design for the broader SLC commitments of the project director and implementation and will identify areas
project we will consider the extent to other key personnel, including the for needed improvement (2 points); and
which— teachers who will be responsible for (5) The qualifications and relevant
(1) The applicant demonstrates a providing instruction in the training and experience of the
foundation for implementing the supplemental reading program, are independent evaluator (2 points).
broader SLC project, creating or appropriate and adequate to implement
expanding SLC structures or strategies effectively the supplemental reading VI. Award Administration Information
in the school environment, including program and broader SLC project (2 1. Award Notices: If your application
demonstrating— points); is successful, we notify your U.S.
(A) That it has the support and (3) The qualifications, including Representative and U.S. Senators and
involvement of administrators, teachers, relevant training and experience, of the send you a Grant Award Notification
and other school staff; project director, program coordinator, (GAN). We may also notify you
(B) That it has the support of parents, and other key personnel who will be informally.
students, and other community responsible for implementing the If your application is not evaluated or
stakeholders; broader SLC project (3 points); not selected for funding, we notify you.
(C) The degree to which the proposed (4) The qualifications, including 2. Administrative and National Policy
broader SLC project is consistent with, relevant training and years of Requirements: We identify
and will advance, State and local experience, of the teachers who will be administrative and national policy
initiatives to increase student responsible for providing instruction in requirements in the application package
achievement and narrow gaps in the supplemental reading program, as and reference these and other
achievement; and indicated by a resume and signed letter requirements in the Applicable
(D) The degree to which the applicant of interest (4 points); and Regulations section of this notice.
has carried out sufficient planning and (5) The adequacy of resources, We reference the regulations outlining
preparatory activities to enable it to including the extent to which the the terms and conditions of an award in
implement the proposed broader SLC budget is adequate, the extent to which the Applicable Regulations section of
project at the beginning of the 2005–6 the budget provides sufficient funds for this notice and include these and other
school year (5 points); the implementation of the supplemental specific conditions in the GAN. The
(2) The applicant will implement or reading program, and the extent to GAN also incorporates your approved
expand strategies, new organizational which costs are directly related to the application as part of your binding
structures, or other changes in practice objectives and design of the research commitments under the grant.
that are likely to create an environment evaluation and broader SLC activities (3 3. Reporting: At the end of your
in which a core group of teachers and points). project period, you must submit a final
other adults within the school know the performance report, including financial
needs, interests, and aspirations of each Quality of the Broader SLC Project information, as directed by the
student well, closely monitor each Evaluation (10 Points) Secretary. You must submit an annual
student’s progress, and provide the In determining the quality of the performance report that provides the
academic and other support each broader SLC project evaluation to be most current performance and financial
student needs to succeed (5 points); and conducted on the applicant’s behalf by expenditure information as specified by
(3) The applicant will provide high- an independent, third-party evaluator, the Secretary in 34 CFR 75.118.
quality professional development we consider the following factors— 4. Performance Measures: We identify
throughout the project period that (1) The extent to which the methods the specific performance indicators and
advances the understanding of teachers, of evaluation are thorough, feasible, and annual performance objectives that
administrators, and other school staff of appropriate to the goals, objectives, and applicants must identify in their
effective, research-based instructional outcomes of the proposed broader SLC applications and use to measure the
strategies for improving the academic project (2 points); progress of each school in the
achievement of students, including, (2) The extent to which the evaluation Performance Indicators for the Broader
particularly, students with academic will collect and annually report SLC Project section of the Application

VerDate jul<14>2003 15:07 Mar 29, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\30MRN1.SGM 30MRN1
Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 60 / Wednesday, March 30, 2005 / Notices 16253

Requirements in the NFP, published DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
elsewhere in this issue of the Federal CONTACT.
Register. Smaller Learning Communities
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
Upon being awarded, grant recipients Program
will be required to provide baseline data Background
responding to each of the specific AGENCY: Office of Vocational and Adult
Education, Department of Education. Improving adolescent literacy is one
performance indicators for the three of the major challenges facing high
years preceding the baseline year. We ACTION: Notice of final priorities,
schools today. High school students
will provide grant recipients with requirements, definitions, and selection
must have strong literacy skills in order
specific instructions regarding this criteria.
to acquire the knowledge and skills in
reporting requirement. We also require English/language arts, mathematics,
SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary for
grantees to include in their annual science, social studies, and other
performance reports and final Vocational and Adult Education
announces final priorities, courses that they need in order to
performance reports, which are required prepare for further learning, for careers,
under the Reporting section of this requirements, definitions, and selection
criteria for a special competition under and for active participation in our
notice, comparable data, if available, for democracy. Too many young people are
the preceding three school years so that the Smaller Learning Communities
(SLC) program. The Assistant Secretary now entering high school without these
trends in performance will be more essential skills. At a time when they
apparent. may use these priorities, requirements,
definitions, and selection criteria for a will soon enter high school, one-quarter
VII. Agency Contact special competition using a portion of of all eighth-grade students and more
fiscal year (FY) 2004 funds and also in than 40 percent of those in urban
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: schools scored below the basic level on
Matthew Fitzpatrick, U.S. Department of future years. The priorities,
requirements, definitions, and selection the National Assessment of Education
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Progress (NAEP) assessment of reading
room 11120, Potomac Center Plaza, criteria announced in this notice will
not be used for all FY SLC 2004 in 2003. According to one estimate, at
Washington, DC 20202–7241. least one-third of entering ninth graders
Telephone: (202) 245–7809 or by e-mail: competitions. Projects funded using
these priorities, requirements, are at least two years behind grade level
matthew.fitzpatrick@ed.gov. in their reading skills (Balfanz, et al.,
If you use a telecommunications definitions, and selection criteria will
create and/or expand SLC activities as 2002). Many of these young people
device for the deaf (TDD), you may call become discouraged and drop out before
the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1– well as participate in a national research
evaluation of supplemental reading they reach the twelfth grade. Large
800–877–8339. numbers of those who do persist
Individuals with disabilities may programs. The Department will conduct
another SLC competition later this year, through their senior year leave high
obtain this document in an alternative
awarding additional FY 2004 funds, for school nearly as unprepared for the
format (e.g., Braille, large print,
projects that will not participate in the future as when they entered it. Twenty-
audiotape, or computer diskette) on
national research evaluation. eight percent of twelfth-grade public
request to the program contact person
Requirements, priorities, definitions, school students scored below the basic
listed in this section.
and selection criteria for that level on the NAEP 2002 reading
VIII. Other Information competition were proposed in a notice assessment. These students face a bleak
Electronic Access to This Document: in the Federal Register on February 25, future in an economy and society that
You may view this document, as well as 2005. demand more than ever before, higher
all other documents of this Department We announce these priorities, levels of reading, writing, and oral
published in the Federal Register, in requirements, definitions, and selection communication skills.
text or Adobe Portable Document criteria to focus Federal financial Recognizing the importance of
Format (PDF) on the Internet at the assistance on an identified national improving the literacy skills of
following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/ need for scientifically based data on America’s children and youth, President
fedregister. supplemental reading programs for Bush established, as key priorities, the
To use PDF you must have Adobe adolescents. implementation of scientifically based
Acrobat Reader, which is available free approaches to reading in the early
DATES: Effective Date: These final grades and the development of new
at this site. If you have questions about priorities, requirements, definitions, and
using PDF, call the U.S. Government knowledge about how best to help
selection criteria are effective April 29, adolescents read well.
Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1– 2005.
888–293–6498; or in the Washington, One current initiative, the Adolescent
DC area at (202) 512–1530. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Literacy Research Network, created by
Matthew Fitzpatrick, U.S. Department of the Department’s Office of Vocational
Note: The official version of this document Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., and Adult Education (OVAE) and the
is the document published in the Federal
Register. Free Internet access to the official
room 11120, Potomac Center Plaza, Office of Special Education and
edition of the Federal Register and the Code Washington, DC 20202–7120. Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) in
of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Telephone: (202) 245–7809. collaboration with the National Institute
Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/ If you use a telecommunications of Child Health and Human
index.html. device for the deaf (TDD), you may call Development (NICHD), supports six
the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1– five-year experimental research projects.
Dated: March 25, 2005. 800–877–8339. These projects are examining cognitive,
Susan Sclafani, Individuals with disabilities may perceptual, behavioral, and other
Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult obtain this document in an alternative mechanisms that influence the
Education. format (e.g., Braille, large print, development of reading and writing
[FR Doc. 05–6315 Filed 3–29–05; 8:45 am] audiotape, or computer diskette) on abilities during adolescence, as well as
BILLING CODE 4000–01–P request to the contact person listed the extent to which interventions may

VerDate jul<14>2003 15:07 Mar 29, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\30MRN1.SGM 30MRN1