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find information about its hours of You may access the electronic grant DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
operation. application for the TPDP at: http://e-
• You may submit all documents grants.ed.gov. Tech-Prep Demonstration Program
electronically, including the We have included additional AGENCY: Office of Vocational and Adult
Application for Federal Assistance (ED information about the e-Application Education, Department of Education.
424), Budget Information—Non- pilot project (see Parity Guidelines ACTION: Notice of final requirements,
Construction Programs (ED 524), and all between Paper and Electronic
necessary assurances and certifications. final priorities and final selection
Applications) in the TPDP application criteria for new awards in Fiscal Year
• After you electronically submit package. (FY) 2003 and subsequent years.
your application, you will receive an
automatic acknowledgement, which FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary for
will include a PR/Award number (an information on the program and to Vocational and Adult Education
identifying number unique to your download a TPDP application package, announces requirements, priorities, and
application). you may access the Department’s Web selection criteria under the Tech-Prep
• Within three working days after site at: http://www.ed.gov/GrantApps/. Demonstration Program (TPDP). The
submitting your electronic application, If you need further assistance and Assistant Secretary will use these
fax a signed copy of the Application for need to speak with someone regarding requirements, priorities, and selection
Federal Assistance (ED 424) to the TPDP, or to request a paper application criteria for new awards made in FY
Application Control Center after 2003, and may use them in later years.
package, you may contact Karen
following these steps: We intend these requirements,
Stratman Clark, by phone at (202) 205–
(1) Print ED 424 from the e- 3779, or by mail at 330 C Street, SW., priorities, and selection criteria to
Application system. Room 5523, Washington, DC 20202. support the four basic education reform
(2) The institution’s Authorizing Requests for applications may also be principles underlying the No Child Left
Representative must sign this form. Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB): Stronger
sent by fax to (202) 401–4079.
(3) Place the PR/Award number in the accountability for results, increased
upper right hand corner of the hard Individuals who use a flexibility and local control, expanded
copy signature page of the ED 424. telecommunications device for the deaf options for parents, and an emphasis on
(TDD) may call the Federal Information teaching methods that have been proven
(4) Fax the signed ED 424 to the
Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– to work. We take this action to clarify
Application Control Center at (202)
260–1349. 8339. Individuals with disabilities may the Department’s expectations regarding
obtain this notice in an alternate format this program, so that TPDP-funded
• We may request that you give us
(e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or projects will help students, schools, and
original signatures on all other forms at
computer diskette) on request to the teachers in their efforts to improve
a later date.
contact person listed in the preceding student achievement, meet high
• Closing Date Extension in Case of
paragraph. standards for high school graduation,
System Unavailability: If you elect to
and increase transition and persistence
participate in the e-Application pilot for Electronic Access to This Document
rates in postsecondary education.
the TPDP and you are prevented from
submitting your application on the You may view this document, as well EFFECTIVE DATE: These requirements,
closing date because the e-Application as all other Department of Education priorities and selection criteria are
system is unavailable, we will grant you documents published in the Federal effective June 11, 2003.
an extension of one business day in Register, in text or portable document FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
order to transmit your application format (PDF) on the Internet at the Karen Stratman Clark, U.S. Department
electronically, by mail, or by hand following site: http://www.ed.gov/ of Education, OVAE, MES Room 5223,
delivery. For us to grant this legislation/FedRegister. 400 Maryland Avenue, SW.,
extension— To use PDF you must have the Adobe Washington DC 20202–7100.
(1) You must be a registered user of Acrobat Reader, which is available free Telephone: (202) 205–3779 or via
e-Application, and have initiated an e- at this site. If you have questions about Internet: karen.clark@ed.gov.
Application for this competition; and using PDF, call the U.S. Government If you use a telecommunications
(2)(a) The e-Application system must Printing Office (GPO) toll free at 1–888– device for the deaf (TDD), you may call
be unavailable for 60 minutes or more 293–6498, or in the Washington, DC the Federal Information Relay Service
between the hours of 8:30 and 3:30 p.m., area at (202) 512–1530. (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339.
Washington, DC time, on the deadline Individuals with disabilities may
Note: The official version of this document obtain this document in an alternative
date; or (b) The e-Application system
is the document published in the Federal format (e.g., Braille, large print,
must be unavailable for any period of
Register. Free Internet access to the official audiotape, or computer diskette) on
time during the last hour of operation edition of the Federal Register and the Code
(that is, for any period of time between request to the contact person listed
of Federal Regulations is available on GPO under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
3:30 and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC Access at: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/
time) on the deadline date. CONTACT.
The Department must acknowledge SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This final
and confirm these periods of Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 2376. notice establishes program
unavailability before granting you an Dated: May 7, 2003.
requirements, priorities, and selection
extension. To request this extension you criteria for the TPDP, which is
must contact either (1) the person listed Carol D’Amico, authorized by section 207 of the Carl D.
elsewhere in this notice under FOR Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Perkins Vocational and Technical
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT or (2) the Education. Education Act of 1998 (Perkins III).
e-GRANTS help desk at 1–888–336– [FR Doc. 03–11899 Filed 5–9–03; 8:45 am] TPDP provides grants to consortia to
8930. BILLING CODE 4000–01–P carry out tech-prep education projects

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that involve the location of a secondary tech-prep program. Furthermore, five- significantly expand the scope of the
school on the site of a community year funding will allow the grantees currently funded TPDP projects.
college, a business as a member of the funded under this year’s competition Discussion: The requirement for full-
consortium, and the voluntary and the Department to fully evaluate the time enrollment is based on the
participation of secondary school effectiveness of the funded projects. The statutory language in section 207 of
students. We intend to fund projects Department believes the estimated Perkins III, which specifically requires
that, following an initial recruitment average size of awards accurately that funds be used to ‘‘enable eligible
period, will enroll a new student cohort reflects what are likely to be relatively consortia to carry out tech-prep
in each year of the project, in addition low costs of the first year’s recruitment education projects that involve the
to continuing support for each previous efforts, as well as costs associated with location of a secondary school on the
TPDP student cohort. the four-year instructional program. site of a community college.’’ For
We published a notice of proposed While the expanded project period may purposes of the TPDP program, the
requirements, proposed priorities and serve to reduce the number of grants to Department does not consider part-time
proposed selection criteria in the be awarded, the Department believes programs to be ‘‘secondary schools’’ and
Federal Register on Friday, January 24, that funding fewer projects to has concluded that the full-time
2003 (68 FR 3517). In that notice, we implement complete tech-prep enrollment requirement is necessary in
discussed (on pages 3517 though 3519) programs serving significant numbers of order to fund programs under this
the proposed requirements, priorities, students is preferable to funding a competition that meet fully the intent of
and selection criteria for this year’s greater number of projects that would section 207. This will not, however,
TPDP competition and subsequent implement only partial tech-prep alter the scope of currently funded
competitions. programs. However, regarding the TPDP projects. Rather, it applies only to
Analysis of Comments and Changes estimated amount of funds available per new projects funded under this year’s
year, the Department has also decided to competition and perhaps in future
In response to our invitation in the use both the FY 2002 and the FY 2003
notice of proposed requirements, competitions.
TPDP appropriations for this year’s
proposed priorities, and proposed competition, which will serve to almost Changes: None.
selection criteria, six parties submitted double the estimated amount of TPDP Evaluation Requirement
comments. An analysis of the funds available for grant awards. See the
comments, and of any changes made as ‘‘Estimated Available Funds’’ section in Comment: One commenter
a result of comments submitted, follows. the notice inviting applications recommended enhancing the program
We have grouped major issues by published elsewhere in this issue of the evaluation and outcomes assessment.
subject. Generally, we do not address Federal Register.
technical or other minor, non- Discussion: The Department believes
Changes: None. that the TPDP evaluation requirement,
substantive changes, or suggested
changes, which the applicable statutory Assurance Regarding Start of Classes which is now more rigorous than that in
authority does not authorize us to make. the first TPDP competition, is sufficient
Comment: Three commenters were
Specifically, we have made technical for the program. The evaluation
concerned with the proposed grant
changes to Priority 3 to clarify when we requirement now provides that a funded
schedule. If TPDP grants were to be
will award points for this priority. TPDP project must use an experimental
awarded in August of 2003, the
or quasi-experimental design in the
Project Period commenters were concerned that
evaluation of the project. It further
grantees would have insufficient time to
Comment: Three commenters were stipulates that funded TPDP projects
launch their projects by September of
concerned with the proposal to extend also must carry out an evaluation to
the TPDP project period from three to Discussion: Requirement 3 states that determine the impact of the project on
five years. They expressed concern that successful applicants must enroll the a comprehensive set of student
this extension of the project period, first student cohort and must begin outcomes, including academic and
coupled with the plan to fund the entire classes ‘‘no later than September of the technical skills achievement, high
grant award from FY 2002 funds, would calendar year after the year in which the school graduation, enrollment and
reduce the amount of funds available grant award is made.’’ For this year’s completion of postsecondary education,
per year and reduce the number of competition, this would mean postsecondary remedial coursework,
grants to be funded. September of 2004. This proposed time and labor market entry.
Discussion: The decision to extend frame will allow funded projects a full Change: None.
the project period from three to five year’s time to recruit their first cohort of Comment: Three commenters were
years is based on a number of factors. students and begin classes by September concerned about the proposed data
By statutory definition, under section of 2004. Indeed, as is discussed in reporting requirements regarding
202(a)(3) of Perkins III, tech-prep response to an earlier comment, postsecondary persistence and
programs combine at least two years of providing sufficient recruitment time completion, and labor market entry.
secondary education with a minimum of was one of the reasons we proposed to They felt that greater resources should
two years of postsecondary education in expand the project period. be allocated to support this data
a nonduplicative, sequential course of Changes: None. collection effort.
study. Federal funding of three-year
projects under the first TPDP Full-Time Enrollment Requirement Discussion: The Department
competition was not intended to Comment: Three commenters were recognizes that by undertaking this data
support entire four-year tech-prep concerned about the requirement that collection and reporting effort, some
projects. With an expanded five-year eligible applicants enroll students full projects may incur additional costs.
project period, grantees will have both time in the program. They argued that Consequently, the projected range of
a lengthy tech-prep recruitment phase, this ‘‘guideline’’ would eliminate awards has been increased from the last
and sufficient time for the first cohort of applicants with part-time programs from competition.
students to complete the entire four-year the applicant pool as well as Changes: None.

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Proposed Priority 1—Highly Qualified located on the campus of a community under the State Tech-Prep Education
Teachers college. Program, would not necessarily be
Change: None. eligible for funding under the TPDP
Comment: Three commenters were Comment: One commenter because section 204 does not require
concerned that, as proposed, Priority 1 recommended that community colleges inclusion of a business member. In
would require community colleges play a greater role in tech-prep contrast, section 207 specifically states
seeking TPDP funds to meet the teacher programs. that TPDP funds may only be awarded
quality standards of the Elementary and Discussion: The TPDP already places to a consortium that includes a business
Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as community colleges in a pivotal role in member.
amended by the NCLB, Federal the development and implementation of Change: None.
legislation that does not govern tech-prep programs, given that the
postsecondary institutions. They Academic Preparation for
statute requires eligible consortia to
believed the use of this proposed Postsecondary Education
implement tech-prep education projects
priority would extend NCLB into an that involve the location of a secondary Comments: One commenter stated
inappropriate arena. school on the site of a community that tech-prep programs should be
Discussion: By its nature, the TPDP is college. academically rigorous in order to
a collaborative effort between secondary Change: None. support the transition from high school
and postsecondary education. For this Comment: One commenter to college for more students, and that
reason, it is appropriate to include recommended that community-based tech-prep programs should avoid
priorities that reflect the focus of NCLB organizations (CBOs) be encouraged to tracking and serve a diverse student
with respect to a component of a TPDP play a greater role in tech-prep population. The commenter also
project taught by a secondary teacher. programs. recommended that recruitment and
Our examination of currently funded Discussion: While section 207 does retention strategies be geared toward
TPDP projects revealed two different not identify CBOs as required members minority students.
models for providing core academic of eligible consortia, it does not Discussion: All students participating
classes—one in which secondary preclude their participation. Thus, in TPDP projects should be expected to
teachers taught core academic classes on CBOs are eligible for consortium meet or exceed State academic
the campus of the community college membership, or may serve some other standards and to enroll in
and another in which postsecondary function in a TPDP project, should an postsecondary education. This
instructors taught core academic classes applicant choose to include them. expectation is reflected in the ‘‘Project
for dual high school and community Change: None. Design’’ and ‘‘Project Evaluation’’
college credit. However, as it was not Comment: One commenter thought selection criteria. As to the commenter’s
the Department’s intent to expand the that four-year colleges and universities recommendations that TPDP
applicability of NCLB’s provisions should be involved in tech-prep recruitment and retention strategies be
beyond elementary and secondary curriculum reform efforts. geared toward minority students, the
education and into the arena of Discussion: Under the provisions of TPDP has several provisions related to
community college hiring, the proposed section 207(d), tech-prep articulation special populations aimed at assisting
priority has been revised. agreements with four-year institutions students to overcome barriers that might
cannot be supported with TPDP funds. interfere with recruitment or retention,
Change: Under Priority 1 as revised, However, section 207 does not preclude or otherwise prevent them from
we will give competitive preference by the participation of four-year colleges succeeding in a TPDP project. While
awarding up to five additional points to and universities in a TPDP project. They minority students are not necessarily
applications that: (a) Require all are eligible for consortium membership special population students, minority
secondary teachers teaching core if an applicant chooses to include them, students would be included in the
academic subjects to be highly qualified, and they can participate in curriculum definition of ‘‘special populations’’ to
as such term is defined by section reform efforts within the context of the the extent that they are economically
9101(23) of the ESEA, as amended by TPDP project. disadvantaged or single parents, face
NCLB; and (b) require all postsecondary Change: A change has been made. For other barriers to educational
teachers teaching core academic information purposes, ‘‘Allowable achievement, including limited English
subjects to meet State standards for Costs’’ and ‘‘Unallowable Costs’’ proficiency, or otherwise meet the
community college faculty. sections have been added to this notice definition of ‘‘special populations’’ in
Eligibility Requirements immediately following the section 3(23) of Perkins III. There are
‘‘Requirements’’ section. These sections already several criteria factors in this
Comment: One commenter urged the indicate, among other things, that notice that are intended to address the
Department to allow technical centers to articulation agreements with four-year needs of all special population students.
apply for TPDP funding. This individual institutions cannot be funded under the In addition, section 207(d)(3) of Perkins
believed that technical centers have TPDP and discuss the allowability of III requires the Secretary to give ‘‘special
both the resources and the expertise to several other types of costs about which consideration’’ to consortia submitting
house a successful tech-prep high we frequently receive questions. applications that meet the requirements
school. Comment: One commenter of paragraphs (1), (3), (4), and (5) of
Discussion: Section 207 provides that recommended that one of the required section 205(d). Specifically, section
funds are to be used to ‘‘enable eligible partners in the grant application be a 205(d)(3) addresses dropout prevention
consortia to carry out tech-prep tech-prep consortium. and the needs of special populations.
education projects that involve the Discussion: The requirements for Also, section 205(d)(5) addresses how
location of a secondary school on the membership in a TPDP consortium are tech-prep programs will help students
site of a community college.’’ In light of taken from the statutory language in meet high academic and employability
this statutory requirement, a technical section 204(a) and section 207(b) of competencies. In order to more fully
center that serves students on a full-time Perkins III. A tech-prep consortium implement the statutory requirement
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to certain applications—including both the full, two-year secondary (5) Each TPDP-funded project must
applications addressing dropout component and the full, two-year involve a secondary school physically
prevention and special populations— postsecondary component of the TPDP located on the site of a community
and in response to this comment, in project for the first student cohort college and provide a complete program
addition to the points to be awarded to during the grant award period. of academic and technical coursework
applicants based on the selection at the community college that, at a
criteria and Priorities 1–3, the Requirements minimum, meets State requirements for
Department will award five additional To achieve the purposes of section high school graduation. Students must
points to applications that address, 207 of Perkins III, we establish the be enrolled full-time in the high school
among other things, dropout prevention following requirements. These on the community college campus.
and the needs of special population requirements will apply to all However, enrolled students may
students. Also, in response to the applicants seeking funding under this participate in extracurricular activities
commenter’s additional concerns, we competition. at their original high school. Proposed
note that in section 204(c)(5) of Perkins (1) Each applicant must submit a projects that involve only the ‘‘virtual’’
III, recruitment and counseling activities signed Consortium Agreement location of a secondary school on the
are stated to be key tech-prep (Agreement), providing evidence that site of a community college, and
components that must be geared to each of the categories of membership projects that involve only satellite
meeting the needs of participating required under section 207 has been community college sites located on the
students. satisfied, and that each of the required premises of secondary schools, are not
Changes: A change has been made. A members is eligible for membership eligible for support under this
‘‘Special Considerations’’ section has under the provisions of Perkins III. The competition.
been added to this notice, immediately Agreement must contain a signature of (6) Each TPDP-funded project must
before the ‘‘Selection Criteria’’ section, commitment from any participating carry out an evaluation to determine the
wherein we state that, in addition to the secondary school, community college, impact of the project on a
points to be awarded to applicants and business member, affirming that comprehensive set of student outcomes,
based on the selection criteria and those entities have formed a consortium including: Academic and technical
Priorities 1–3, the Department will to develop, implement, and sustain a skills achievement; high school
award five additional points to TPDP project as described under section graduation; enrollment and completion
applications that: (1) Provide for 207 of Perkins III. The Agreement also of postsecondary education;
effective employment placement must describe the roles and postsecondary remedial coursework;
activities; (2) Effectively address the responsibilities of each consortium labor market entry; and, to the extent
issues of school dropout prevention and member within the proposed project. feasible, earnings or earnings increase
reentry, as well as the needs of special The format for the Agreement will be after program completion. In conducting
populations; (3) Provide education and included in the application package. this evaluation, each TPDP project must
training in career areas or skills in use either an experimental design, in
(2) Each applicant must submit
which there are significant workforce which students are randomly assigned
enrollment goals for the number of
shortages, including the information to the demonstration program or another
students in each student cohort to be
technology industry; and (4) program, or a quasi-experimental
enrolled in each year of the TPDP
Demonstrate how tech-prep programs design, in which each program
will help students meet high academic participant is matched with a non-
(3) Each applicant must provide an participant possessing similar pre-
and employability competencies. assurance that it will enroll its first program characteristics, such as test
Uses of Funds student cohort and begin classes no later scores on State academic assessments,
Comment: One commenter requested than September of the calendar year grade point average, class rank,
funds to survey workplace literacy, after the year in which the grant award technical coursework or course of study,
English as a Second Language (ESL), is made, and enroll its second, third, and socioeconomic status.
General Educational Development and fourth student cohorts by (7) Each TPDP project must submit
(GED), and basic education programs in September of each subsequent year of annual reports of anticipated
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. the proposed project. enrollment. The reports of anticipated
Discussion: Since the programs (4) Each applicant must submit a enrollment must include the number of
identified appear to be adult literacy complete Proposed Project Course students in each cohort enrolled for the
programs rather than tech-prep Sequence Plan (Plan) to demonstrate coming year and, if that differs from the
education programs, the proposed how the proposed instructional program enrollment goals stated in the approved
activity would not be allowable under represents a sequential, four-year application, the reasons. The reports of
TPDP. program of study that meets the specific anticipated enrollment will be due at
Change: None. criteria set forth in sections 202(a)(3) the end of April of each project year.
and 204(c) of Perkins III. The Plan must (8) Each TPDP project must submit
Project Period list the course sequences for each annual project performance reports and
We have concluded that funding program of study within the proposed a final project performance report. Both
multi-year projects for a project period TPDP project, describing the specific the annual and final performance
of five years entirely from the FY 2002 academic and technical coursework reports must summarize the TPDP
and FY 2003 appropriations is necessary required for all four years of the project’s progress and significant
for TPDP grantees to meet fully the program. The Plan also must summarize accomplishments, with respect to both
statutory purposes of section 207 and program entrance requirements and the process of implementation and the
the requirements of this notice. Such a specify the associate degree or outcomes of student participation;
funding arrangement will enable postsecondary certificate to be earned provide data regarding enrollment,
projects to engage in an adequate upon completion of the program. The persistence, and program completion for
recruitment effort to meet their format for the Plan will be included in each student cohort; identify barriers to
enrollment goals, and to implement the application package. continued progress and outline

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solutions; include a progress report on to replace Federal student financial aid. preference priority (34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i); or
and an analysis of the findings of the We wish to highlight the fact that the (2) selecting an application that meets the
project evaluation; and review prospects statute does not authorize us to fund competitive priority over an application of
comparable merit that does not meet the
for sustained operations after the projects that serve primarily as entities priority (34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(ii)).
cessation of Federal support. The through which students may apply for Invitational priority: Under an invitational
annual and final performance reports and receive tuition and other financial priority we are particularly interested in
will be due within 90 days of the end assistance. applications that meet the invitational
of each project year and of the end of (2) Construction. Under EDGAR (34 priority. However, we do not give an
the project, respectively. CFR 75.533), TPDP grants cannot be application that meets the invitational
Funded projects will be required to used for the acquisition of real property priority a competitive or absolute preference
comply with all requirements adopted or construction. over other applications (34 CFR 75.105(c)(1)).
in this notice. Failure to comply with (3) Articulation Agreements with
any applicable program requirement Priorities
Four-Year Institutions. Under the
may subject a grantee to special provisions of section 207(d), tech-prep Priority 1
conditions, withholding, or termination. articulation agreements with four-year Under this priority, we will give
Allowable Costs institutions cannot be supported with competitive preference by awarding up
funds awarded under section 207. to five additional points to applications
Allowable activities and expenditures However, articulation agreements with
for TPDP projects include, but are not that: (a) Require all secondary teachers
four-year institutions can be developed teaching core academic subjects to be
limited to: Recruitment and enrollment using other resources by applicants who
of students; staff hiring; updating of highly qualified, as such term is defined
wish to establish ‘‘open-ended’’ tech- by section 9101(23) of the ESEA, as
articulation agreements; curriculum prep career pathways. Also, the
revision; professional development for amended by NCLB; and (b) require all
inclusion of institutions of higher postsecondary teachers teaching core
secondary and postsecondary faculty, education that award baccalaureate
counselors, and administrators; and academic subjects to meet State
degrees in TPDP consortia is allowable standards for community college
development and maintenance of under section 204(a)(2)(A).
business and industry partnerships. In faculty.
addition, section 207(b)(2) specifies that Special Considerations Note: ESEA defines the term ‘‘core
TPDP projects may provide summer In addition to the points to be academic subjects’’ as English, reading or
internships at a business for students or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign
awarded to applicants based on the languages, civics and government,
teachers. selection criteria and Priorities 1–3,
Section 207 gives applicants latitude economics, arts, history, and geography.
under section 207(d)(3) of Perkins III,
for innovation. For example, although we award five additional points to
tech-prep education by definition Priority 2
applications that:
includes at least two years of education Under this priority, we will give
(1) Provide for effective employment
at the secondary level preceding high competitive preference by awarding up
placement activities;
school graduation and two years of to five additional points to applications
(2) Effectively address the issues of
postsecondary education or that require each participating student,
school dropout prevention and reentry,
apprenticeship training, section as a condition of high school
as well as the needs of special
204(c)(3)(B) authorizes tech-prep graduation, to pass at least one high
programs that allow students to school-level test (either a
(3) Provide education and training in
concurrently complete both secondary comprehensive test covering a variety of
career areas or skills in which there are
and postsecondary courses, and courses in a subject area or a high
significant workforce shortages,
simultaneously satisfy requirements for school end-of-course test) in each of
including the information technology
a high school diploma and an associate English or language arts, mathematics,
industry; and
degree or other postsecondary and science. To receive any points
(4) Demonstrate how tech-prep
credential. under this priority, applicants must
programs will help students meet high
describe their specific high school
Unallowable Costs academic and employability
graduation requirements.
(1) Supplanting. In accordance with competencies.
section 311(a) of Perkins III, funds Note: This notice does not solicit Priority 3
under this program may not be used to applications. In any year in which we choose Under this priority, we will give
supplant non-Federal funds used to to use one or more of these proposed competitive preference by awarding up
carry out vocational and technical priorities, we invite applications through a to five additional points to applications
notice in the Federal Register. (A notice that offer the proposed TPDP project as
education activities and tech-prep inviting applications under this program is
activities. Further, the prohibition published elsewhere in this issue of the
an additional alternative for students
against supplanting also means that Federal Register.) When inviting attending high schools that have not met
grantees are required to use their applications, we designate each priority as adequate yearly progress (AYP) for two
negotiated restricted indirect cost rate absolute, competitive preference, or or more consecutive years, as defined by
under this program. (34 CFR 75.563.) invitational. The effect of each type of section 1111 of the ESEA, as amended
Because of the statutory prohibition priority follows: by NCLB, and 34 CFR 200.13. To receive
against supplanting, we caution Absolute priority: Under an absolute any points under this priority,
applicants not to plan to use Federal priority we consider only applications that applicants must: (a) Provide evidence
funds awarded under section 207 to meet the priority (34 CFR 75.105(c)(3)). that at least one high school served by
Competitive preference priority: Under a
replace non-Federal funding that is competitive preference priority we give
a consortium member (under
already, or that otherwise would be, competitive preference to an application by 204(a)(1)(A) of Perkins III) has not met
available for support of the TPDP either (1) awarding additional points, AYP for at least two consecutive years;
projects to be assisted. Further, we are depending on how well or the extent to and (b) provide an assurance that
concerned that TPDP funds may be used which the application meets the competitive eligible students that are transferring

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from this high school will be given a and administrators involved in the (2) The extent to which the evaluation
genuine opportunity to enroll in the program. (8 points) will provide reports or other documents
TPDP project. (b) Quality of the management plan. at appropriate intervals to be used for
Note: Each State published a list of ‘‘school (15 points) continuous program improvement. (4
improvement’’ schools for the 2001–02 In determining the quality of the points)
school year last summer or early fall. Based management plan for the proposed (3) The extent to which the proposed
on the transition language in the ESEA, these project, we consider the following evaluation will be conducted by an
schools are also in school improvement for factors: independent evaluator with the
the 2002–03 school year. Applications from (1) The extent to which the
consortia that have a member (under necessary background and technical
management plan outlines specific,
204(a)(1)(A) of Perkins III) serving at least expertise to carry out the evaluation. (6
measurable goals, objectives, and
one school on the list for the 2002–03 school points)
outcomes to be achieved by the
year, will be eligible for a competitive Note: With points awarded under ‘‘Special
proposed project. (5 points)
preference under Priority 3. Considerations,’’ Priorities 1–3, and the
(2) The extent to which the
management plan assigns responsibility selection criteria an application may receive
Selection Criteria a maximum of 120 points.
for the accomplishment of project tasks
We establish the following selection to specific project personnel, and
criteria to evaluate applications for new provides timelines for the Intergovernmental Review
grants under this year’s competition and accomplishment of project tasks. (5
perhaps subsequent competitions. The This program is subject to Executive
points) Order 12372 and the regulations in 34
maximum score for all of the following (3) The extent to which the time
criteria is 100 points. The maximum CFR part 79. One of the objectives of the
commitments of the project director and Executive Order is to foster
score for each criterion and sub- other key personnel are appropriate and
criterion is indicated in parentheses. intergovernmental partnership and a
adequate to achieve the objectives of the strengthened federalism. The Executive
(a) Quality of the project design. (40 proposed project. (5 points)
points) Order relies on processes developed by
(c) Quality of project personnel. (15
In determining the quality of the State and local governments for
design of the proposed project, we coordination and review of proposed
In determining the quality of project
consider the following factors: Federal financial assistance.
personnel, we consider the following
(1) The extent to which the applicant factors: This document provides early
demonstrates its readiness to implement (1) The extent to which the applicant notification of our specific plans and
a complete, career-oriented, four-year encourages applications for employment actions for this program.
program of study, as evidenced by a from members of groups that have Applicable Program Regulations: 34
formal articulation agreement traditionally been underrepresented CFR parts 74–79.
concerning the structure, content and based on race, color, national origin,
sequence of all academic and technical gender, age, or disability. (5 points) Electronic Access to This Document
courses to be offered in the proposed (2) The qualifications, including
tech-prep program and, if applicable, relevant training and experience, of the You may view this document, as well
the conditions under which dual credit project director. (5 points) as all other Department of Education
will be awarded. (8 points) (3) The qualifications, including documents published in the Federal
(2) The extent to which the proposed relevant training and experience, of key Register, in text or Adobe Portable
instructional program will meet high project personnel, including teachers, Document Format (PDF) on the Internet
academic standards that equal or exceed counselors, administrators, and project at the following site: www.ed.gov/
those established by the State. (4 points) consultants. (5 points) legislation/FedRegister.
(3) The extent to which the applicant (d) Adequacy of resources. (10 points) To use PDF you must have Adobe
has aligned its secondary academic and In determining the adequacy of Acrobat Reader, which is available free
technical course offerings and resources for the proposed project, we at this site. If you have questions about
requirements for program completion consider the following factors: using PDF, call the U.S. Government
with the entrance requirements for the (1) The adequacy of support, Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1–
corresponding postsecondary degree or including facilities, equipment, 888–293–6498; or in the Washington,
certificate program. (4 points) supplies, and other resources, from the DC, area at (202) 512–1530.
(4) The extent to which the applicant participating institutions. (5 points) Note: The official version of this document
presents a detailed student recruitment (2) The extent to which the budget is is the document published in the Federal
plan that is likely to be effective in adequate and costs are reasonable in Register. Free Internet access to the official
fulfilling the project’s enrollment goals relation to the objectives and design of edition of the Federal Register and the Code
for each year of the project. (8 points) the proposed project. (5 points) of Federal Regulations is available on GPO
(5) The extent to which the proposed (e) Quality of the project evaluation. Access at: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/
project will provide comprehensive (20 points) index.html.
academic and career counseling and In determining the quality of the
other support services to participating evaluation, we consider the following Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
students at both the secondary and factors: Number: 84.353.
postsecondary levels, to ensure their (1) The extent to which the Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 2376.
persistence in the program and application presents a feasible, credible
Dated: May 7, 2003.
attainment of a postsecondary degree or plan for project evaluation and includes:
certificate. (8 points) the type of design to be used; outcomes Carol D’Amico,
(6) The extent to which the proposed to be examined; and how participants Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult
project will provide high-quality, will be assigned to the program or Education.
sustained, and intensive professional matched for comparison to non-program [FR Doc. 03–11900 Filed 5–9–03; 8:45 am]
development for instructors, counselors, participants. (10 points) BILLING CODE 4000–01–P

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