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NCLB Act required the Secretary of and 106.35. Consequently, the 2002 DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Education (Secretary) to issue Guidelines describe former
guidelines for LEAs regarding the requirements for single-sex classes and Office of Vocational and Adult
applicable law on single-sex classes and schools that have been superseded, in Education; Overview Information;
schools. 20 U.S.C. 7215(c). The NCLB part, by new requirements. In addition, National Research Center for Career
Act provides that LEAs may submit the final regulations published on and Technical Education; Notice
applications for Innovative Programs October 25, 2006 in the Federal Register Inviting Applications for a New Award
funds and receive allocations of funds included a preamble explaining the for Fiscal Year (FY) 2006
in connection with applications that are requirements of 34 CFR 106.34 and Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
certified by the SEA pursuant to NCLB 106.35. (CFDA) Number: 84.051A
Act requirements. 20 U.S.C. 7215b(a).
Among the requirements applicable to The Department has determined that
SEA certification of LEA applications issuance of a revision of the 2002
Guidelines would be repetitive of the Applications Available: June 11, 2007.
for Innovative Programs funds is that
LEA applications that seek funds for the more comprehensive information Deadline for Transmittal of
purpose of supporting single-sex classes provided in the 2006 Federal Register Applications: August 10, 2007.
and schools contain a description of document. Accordingly, the Department Full Text of Announcement
how the LEA will comply with the has determined that it would be
guidelines issued by the Secretary on preferable to withdraw the 2002 I. Funding Opportunity Description
the law applicable to single-sex classes Guidelines and to rely on the final Purpose of Program: Section 114(d)(4)
and schools. 20 U.S.C. 7215b(b)(9). regulations published in the Federal of the Carl D. Perkins Career and
On May 8, 2002, in fulfillment of the Register on October 25, 2006 (71 FR Technical Education Act of 2006 (Act)
NCLB Act requirement, the Secretary 62530), which include a preamble authorizes the Secretary, after
issued ‘‘Guidelines on current title IX explaining the requirements of the new consulting with the States, to establish
requirements related to single-sex regulations, 34 CFR 106.34 and 106.35, a national research center (Center) to
classes and schools’’ (2002 Guidelines). as guidelines on the current carry out scientifically based research
(67 FR 31102). The 2002 Guidelines requirements of the Title IX regulations and evaluation, and to conduct
described certain provisions of Title IX, on single-sex classes and schools for the dissemination and training activities
20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq., and the purpose of satisfaction of the NCLB Act consistent with the purposes of the Act.
Department of Education’s (Department) requirement that the Secretary provide Further, section 114(d)(5) of the Act
regulations implementing Title IX, 34 guidelines on applicable law. authorizes the Secretary to provide
CFR part 106, that provide requirements Accordingly, by this notice, the technical assistance, upon request of a
pertaining to nondiscrimination on the Department withdraws the 2002 State, for the purpose of developing,
basis of sex in single-sex classes and
Guidelines. improving, and identifying the most
schools in education programs and
successful methods and techniques for
activities that receive financial Electronic Access to This Document providing career and technical
assistance from the Department.1 The
You may review this document, as education programs assisted under the
2002 Guidelines focused in major part
well as all other documents of this Act. Under the authority of section
on 34 CFR 106.34 and 106.35, which
Department published in the Federal 114(d)(5), the Secretary will provide
provide specific requirements for single-
Register, in text or Adobe Portable technical assistance to States through
sex classes and schools.2 On October 25,
Document (PDF) on the Internet at the the Center.
2006, the Department published final
regulations, which amended 34 CFR following site: Background Information
106.34 and 106.35 regarding fedregister.
requirements applicable to single-sex The Act, a reauthorization of the Carl
To use PDF you must have Adobe
classes, extracurricular activities, and D. Perkins Vocational and Technical
Acrobat Reader, which is available free Education Act of 1998 (Perkins III),
schools. (71 FR 62530). The new at this site. If you have questions about
regulations took effect on November 24, continues the commitment to high-
using PDF, call the U.S. Government quality career and technical education
2006. Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1–
The new regulations made substantive embodied in Perkins III. The Act
888–293–6498; or in the Washington, continues the previous legislation’s
and technical changes to 34 CFR 106.34 DC area at (202) 512–1530. focus on developing challenging
1 Also on May 8, 2002, the Department published This notice also is available on OCR’s academic and technical standards and
a notice of intent to regulate, stating the Web site at: assisting students in meeting such
Department’s intent to amend the Title IX standards, including through
regulations to provide more flexibility for single-sex Note: The official version of this document
classes and schools at the elementary and is the document published in the Federal preparation for high-skill, high-wage, or
secondary education levels and inviting comments Register. Free Internet access to the official high-demand occupations in current or
from the public. (67 FR 31097). On March 9, 2004, emerging professions and in
the Department published proposed regulations that
edition of the Federal Register and the Code
proposed to amend 34 CFR 106.34 and 106.35 to of Federal Regulations is available on GPO nontraditional fields. The Act is aligned
provide more flexibility for single-sex classes and Access at: with the principles of the Elementary
schools at the elementary and secondary education index.html. Secondary Education Act of 1965, as
levels. (69 FR 11276). amended (20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.) (ESEA)
2 The 2002 Guidelines also explained the
Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1681, 1682. in that it promotes the development of
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requirements of 34 CFR 106.3 relative to single-sex

classes and schools and 34 CFR 106.15(d) relative Dated: June 5, 2007. services and activities that integrate
to single-sex nonvocational elementary and rigorous and challenging academic
secondary schools, as well as certain statutory Margaret Spellings,
course work with career and technical
provisions relative to single-sex education. These Secretary of Education.
other regulations were not amended, and this notice
education so that all students can be
does not affect them or the Department’s
[FR Doc. E7–11253 Filed 6–8–07; 8:45 am] prepared for postsecondary education
interpretation of them. BILLING CODE 4000–01–P and careers.

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Consultation Process (2) Education technology and distance including individuals in groups
Pursuant to section 114(d)(4) of the learning approaches and strategies that underrepresented in the teaching
Act, which requires the Secretary to are effective with respect to career and profession (20 U.S.C. 2324(d)(4)(A)(iii));
technical education; (d) Carry out such other research and
consult with States before establishing a
(3) State-adjusted levels of evaluation, consistent with the purposes
Center, we used several strategies to
performance and State levels of of the Act, as the Secretary determines
conduct consultations and provided a
performance that serve to improve appropriate to assist State and local
number of opportunities for States and
career and technical education programs recipients of funds under the Act (20
other interested parties to give
and student achievement; U.S.C. 2324(d)(4)(A)(iv));
suggestions regarding the Center. For
(4) Academic knowledge and career (e) Conduct dissemination and
example, the Department—
and technical skills required for training activities based upon the
(a) Used e-mail to solicit suggestions
employment or participation in research performed by the Center and
from State Directors of career and
postsecondary education; and described in this notice (20 U.S.C.
technical education and representatives (5) Preparation for occupations in 2324(d)(4)(C)), including—
of professional organizations and high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand (1) Developing, for dissemination,
associations; business and industry, including information on promising or best
(b) Posted on the Department’s Web examination of— practices for enhancing student
site an invitation for the public to (i) Collaboration between career and achievement and performance that are
provide suggestions on what the technical education programs and based on scientifically based research,
Department needs to consider when business and industry; and conducted by the Center and others, and
establishing a Center; (ii) Academic and technical skills that are geared to administrators,
(c) Invited State Directors, during the required for a regional or sectoral teachers, counselors, and policymakers;
September 2006 Conference of the workforce, including small businesses and
National Association of State Directors (20 U.S.C. 2324(d)(4)(A)(i)); (2) Disseminating information on best
of Career and Technical Education (b) Carry out scientifically based practices for the purposes of developing,
Consortium, to send the Department research and evaluation to increase the improving, and identifying the most
suggestions on how the Center could effectiveness and improve the successful methods and techniques for
best serve their needs; and implementation of career and technical providing career and technical
(d) Held a meeting with State education programs that are integrated education programs assisted under the
Directors of career and technical with coherent and rigorous content Act (20 U.S.C. 2324(d)(5)); and
education, representatives of career and aligned with challenging academic (f) Provide technical assistance upon
technical education professional standards, including by conducting request of a State for the purpose of
organizations and associations, and research and development, and studies, developing, improving, and identifying
members of the higher education that provide longitudinal information or the most successful methods and
community to discuss their research, formative evaluation with respect to techniques for providing career and
evaluation, and technical assistance career and technical education programs technical education programs assisted
needs and to request suggestions on and student achievement (20 U.S.C. under the Act (20 U.S.C. 2324(d)(5)).
how the Center could best serve their 2324(d)(4)(A)(ii)); Cooperative Agreement, Program
respective needs. (c) Carry out scientifically based Requirements, Application
We appreciate the time that various research and evaluation that can be used Requirements, Priorities and Definitions
interested parties took to provide us to improve the preparation and Cooperative Agreement:
with suggestions. We carefully professional development of teachers, The Secretary plans to make an award
considered the suggestions we received faculty, and administrators, and to to the Center under the terms of a
as we determined the focus and improve student learning in the career cooperative agreement. The Secretary
activities of the Center as described in and technical education classroom expects to have substantial involvement
this notice. including— with the grantee during the performance
Required Project Activities (1) Effective in-service and preservice of the funded project. Substantial
teacher and faculty education that involvement on the part of the
Through this competition, the assists career and technical education Department includes:
Secretary will award a cooperative programs in— (a) Direct operational involvement in
agreement to establish a national (i) Integrating those programs with the review and approval of project
research center for career and technical academic content standards and student activities.
education that implements sections academic achievement standards, as (b) Continuing and regular
114(d)(4) and (5) of the Act to— adopted by States under section participation in the project.
(a) Carry out scientifically based 1111(b)(1) of the ESEA; and (c) Halting an activity immediately if
research and evaluation for the purpose (ii) Coordinating career and technical detailed performance specifications or
of developing, improving, and education with industry-recognized requirements are not met.
identifying the most successful methods certification requirements; (d) Reviewing and approving one
for addressing the education, (2) Dissemination and training stage of work before the Center can
employment, and training needs of activities related to the applied research begin a subsequent stage during the
participants, including special and demonstration activities described project period.
populations, in career and technical in this section of the notice, which may (e) Collaborating or participating
education programs, including research also include serving as a repository for
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jointly with the Center in the assisted

and evaluation in activities such as— information on career and technical activities.
(1) The integration of— skills, State academic standards, and Program Requirements:
(i) Career and technical instruction; related materials; and To ensure the high quality of the
and (3) The recruitment and retention of Center and the accomplishment of the
(ii) Academic, secondary, and career and technical education teachers, goals and purposes of sections 114(d)(4)
postsecondary instruction; faculty, counselors, and administrators, and (5) of the Act, the Secretary

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establishes the following requirements cooperative agreement, to accomplish (i) The methods of evaluation to be
for this competition: the purposes of the grant award; and used to measure the effectiveness of the
(a) Center Director. The grantee (D) Establish specific lines of Center; and
institution must appoint a full-time communication and feedback between (ii) With regard to the GPRA
Director for the Center. the Center and the Department. measures, (A) the composition of the
(b) Advisory Committee. (1) The (ii) A one-day annual performance expert panels that the Center’s evaluator
grantee institution must establish an review with program officials in will use to assess the Center’s
advisory committee to provide the Washington, DC at the end of each performance under paragraphs (a) and
Center with advice and a diversity of project year. (b) of the Performance Measures section
perspectives on the— (d) Alignment and Consultation. (1) of this notice, including the affiliations
(i) Research, evaluation, and technical and professional qualifications of panel
To the extent possible, the Center must
assistance needs of the career and members; (B) how the Center plans to
align its professional development
technical education community; ensure the objectivity of the expert
activities with those professional
(ii) Center’s scientifically based panels; and (C) the procedures the
development activities carried out—
research; Center will use, as required by
(iii) Center’s dissemination activities; (i) By ‘‘eligible agencies’’ and ‘‘eligible
recipients,’’ as those terms are defined paragraphs (c) and (d) of the
(iv) Center’s technical assistance Performance Measures section of this
activities; and in sections 3(12) and 3(14) of the Act (20
U.S.C. 2302(12) and (14)); and notice, to assess the usefulness and
(v) Other activities undertaken and quality of the technical assistance
materials published by the Center, in (ii) Under the ESEA and the Higher
services and professional development
carrying out the purposes of the Act. Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001
activities the Center provides.
(2) Each applicant must budget for, et seq.).
(3) After the cooperative agreement is
and include in its application, (2) In order to exchange information, awarded, the Center must provide, for
preliminary plans for an advisory avoid duplication of effort, pool the Department’s approval, a detailed
committee. The preliminary plans must resources, and improve the overall plan for conducting the evaluation and
describe the composition of the advisory effectiveness of the Center’s activities, measuring and reporting on the GPRA
committee, including the affiliations, the Center must, to the extent possible, measures.
professional qualifications, and consult with the sponsors of activities (4) The results of the evaluation must
proposed length of service of potential that are similar or related to its be submitted to the Secretary in an
advisory committee members. activities, especially activities of the interim evaluation report during the
(3) After the cooperative agreement is Department’s Policy and Program third year of the project and in a final
awarded, the Center must provide, for Studies Service (the lead office for the evaluation report during the fifth year of
the Department’s approval, a detailed National Assessment of Career and the project.
plan for the advisory committee, Technical Education), Office of (5) The results of the evaluation must
including reasonable assurances that Elementary and Secondary Education, be used to provide feedback for
persons identified as members will Office of Postsecondary Education, continuous improvement in the
serve in the capacity stated in the Office of Special Education and operation of the Center.
detailed plan. Rehabilitative Services, Comprehensive
(c) Project meetings. The applicant (6) In determining the overall
Centers (particularly the National High
must plan and budget for— effectiveness of the Center, the
School Center), National Research and
(1) The Center Director to attend a evaluation must take into account the
Development Centers, and Regional
two-day meeting in Washington, DC at Center’s performance on the
Educational Labs. In addition, the
least once a year, for each year of the Government Performance and Results
Center must consult with the National
project to review performance and Act of 1993 (GPRA) measures of
Science Foundation; national career and
discuss the Center’s plans for effectiveness identified in the
technical education professional
scientifically based research, evaluation, Performance Measures section of this
associations or organizations; and other
dissemination, professional notice.
similar or related agencies,
development and technical assistance; (g) Contingency Plan. During the final
organizations, associations, and
(2) The Center Director and other key year of the five-year project period, the
staff to attend the following: Center must develop and be prepared to
(e) Publications. The Center must implement a contingency plan for
(i) A two-day post-award conference establish an effective quality control
with program officials in Washington, completing all substantive work by the
process for all publications resulting end of the eleventh month of the final
DC that will be held within 30 days after from or used in the Center’s research,
the date of the grant award notice. The project year and transferring all the
dissemination, technical assistance, and products, data, services, materials, and
purpose of this conference will be to— professional development activities.
(A) Review and discuss the terms of research studies to a successor Center
the cooperative agreement between the (f) Evaluation and GPRA Measures. during the twelfth month of the final
Center and the Department; (1) The applicant must budget for and project year.
(B) Review and discuss the include preliminary plans in the Application Requirements:
applicant’s plans for the scientifically application for an independent Applicants must plan for a 10-month
based research, evaluation, evaluator to— project period for the first year of the
dissemination, professional (i) Conduct an ongoing evaluation of project to enable the Center to establish
development, and technical assistance the Center’s effectiveness; and a July-to-June project period for the
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to be carried out by the Center over the (ii) Annually measure and report on second through the fifth year of the
five years of the project period; the GPRA measures identified in the project and to align the Center’s
(C) Discuss and establish how the Performance Measures section of this activities with the academic year.
grantee institution, the Center and the notice. Applicants must include, in addition
Department will work together as (2) The preliminary plans must to the items identified in paragraphs
partners, under the terms of the describe— (b)(2), (c), and (f) of the Program

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Requirements, the following in their the application the full study reports on State with appropriate technical
applications— two scientifically based research studies assistance;
(a) Research Plan. A plan that led by key project research personnel. (2) Provide activities intended to
describes the strategies and approaches The study reports must include enough reach a large number or proportion of
the applicant intends to use to carry out information for the Secretary to be able career and technical education
the scientifically based research and to assess whether the studies were well- programs, teachers, and administrators
evaluation activities described in designed and implemented, and in a State;
section 114(d)(4) of the Act and in the addressed research questions of (3) Assist a State in implementing,
Required Project Activities section of practical and policy importance. identifying, or improving State levels of
this notice. The plan must be a focused (b) Dissemination Activities Plan. A performance that improve career and
program of scientifically based research plan that describes the strategies and technical education programs and
that consists of a set of tightly linked approaches the applicant intends to use student achievement;
studies that build on each other; to carry out efficiently and effectively (4) Assist a State to improve the data
(1) In the research plan, applicants the dissemination activities described in quality of its State accountability
must include— the Required Project Activities section of systems, including the:
(i) Research studies that are fully this notice, including: (i) Processes that strengthen the
consistent with the standards in the (1) A description of the procedures reliability, validity, and integrity of data
definition of the term ‘‘scientifically and methodologies (e.g., expert panels) collection and analysis.
based research,’’ contained in section the applicant intends to use to identify (ii) Accessibility of appropriate and
3(25) of the Act and in the Definitions instructional approaches, methods, timely data.
section of this notice. programs, models, or strategies in career (iii) Accuracy of descriptions of
(ii) Significant research studies that and technical education and related performance.
focus on the improvement of teaching areas that are supported by the strongest (iv) Collection processes that yield
and student outcomes. evidence of a meaningful, sustained unbiased, unprejudiced, and impartial
(iii) Research strands, that is, thematic effect on career and technical education data results.
participants’ education and employment (v) Presentation of the data so that the
research areas, including the specific
data clearly provide an accurate
research studies for each strand or area outcomes.
assessment of performance; and
for the first two years of the project (5) Provide State and local
Note: Applicants are encouraged to refer to:
period, on which the applicant plans to (1) How to evaluate whether an intervention educational agencies, educators, and
focus during the five years of the is backed by ‘‘strong’’ evidence of other program providers with technical
project. The proposed studies— effectiveness on the Internet at http:// assistance in replicating instructional
(A) Must represent a balance of
approaches, methods, programs,
secondary and postsecondary studies; evaluation.asp and (2) Identifying and
Implementing Educational Practices models, or strategies shown to be
and effective using scientifically based
(B) Can be a mix of short-term and Supported By Rigorous Evidence: A User
Friendly Guide on the Internet at http:// research.
longitudinal research studies. (d) Professional Development Plan. A
(iv) Individual research proposals for
rigorousevid/guide.html. plan that describes the strategies and
studies the applicant intends to initiate
approaches the applicant will use to
during the first two years of the project (2) Strategies and approaches for
carry out the professional development
period. These research proposals must disseminating to the career and
activities described in the Required
provide a critical review (i.e., a technical education community (e.g., Project Activities section of this notice
discussion of the strengths and administrators, teachers, counselors, in the most cost-effective and efficient
weaknesses of studies that are reviewed) and policy-makers) the findings, results, manner, including strategies and
of the relevant literature, the theoretical and reports from the Center’s research approaches that—
rationale, clear and specific research activities in order to increase the (1) Provide high-quality professional
questions, and a description of the knowledge base of programs and models development that will improve and
methods and procedures, along with proven effective in scientifically based increase instructional personnel’s
any instrumentation, that will be used. research. knowledge, skills, and ability to help
If a proposed research study builds on (3) Strategies and approaches for students meet challenging and rigorous
one or more existing studies, the identifying and disseminating to the academic and career and technical skill
applicant must include enough career and technical education proficiencies;
information for the Secretary to assess community information from other (2) Will advance instructional
whether— sources of relevant research in order to personnel’s understanding of effective
(A) The study was well-designed and increase the knowledge base of career instructional strategies that are
implemented, and addressed research and technical education programs and supported by scientifically based
questions of practical and policy models that have been proven effective research; and
importance; and in scientifically based research. (3) Are sustained, intensive, and
(B) Scientifically based research (c) Technical Assistance Plan. A plan classroom-focused.
standards were followed. that describes the strategies and Priorities:
(v) Areas where further research is approaches the applicant will use to We are establishing these priorities for
most likely to identify highly effective carry out the technical assistance the FY 2006 grant competition and any
approaches, methods, programs, activities described in the Required subsequent year in which we make
models, or strategies. Project Activities section of this notice
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awards from the list of unfunded

(2) The application must also include in the most cost-effective and efficient applicants from this competition, in
information that demonstrates the manner, including a description of how accordance with section 437(d)(1) of the
applicant’s performance history in the Center will— General Education Provisions Act
scientifically based research. As (1) Respond to a need identified by a (GEPA), 20 U.S.C. 1232(d)(1).
evidence of the applicant’s performance State, including how the Center will Competitive Preference Priorities:
history, an applicant must provide in coordinate with a State on providing the These priorities are competitive

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preference priorities. Under 34 CFR standards in technical skills areas where credential, a certificate, or an associate
75.105(c)(2)(i), we award each none previously existed. degree; and
application up to an additional 70 2. Student Outcomes Priority: We (3) May include prerequisite courses
points (from 5 to 15 points for each award up to 15 points to an application (other than remedial courses) that meet
priority, as indicated) depending on that proposes studies that will examine the requirements of this definition; and
how well the application meets one or programs and practices designed to (b) Include competency-based applied
more of these priorities. The points improve student outcomes in career and learning that contributes to the
awarded are in addition to any points technical education. academic knowledge, higher-order
the application earns under the 3. Academic Achievement Priority: reasoning and problem-solving skills,
selection criteria for this competition, We award up to 15 points to an work attitudes, general employability
provided elsewhere in this notice. application that proposes studies that skills, technical skills, and occupation-
These priorities are: investigate and validate whether specific skills, and knowledge of all
(a) Technical Assistance Priorities curricula that integrate coherent and aspects of an industry, including
1. Use of Technical Skills rigorous content that is aligned with entrepreneurship, of an individual. (20
Assessments Priority: We award up to 5 challenging academic standards (e.g., at U.S.C. 2302(5))
points to an application that proposes the secondary level, reading and Coherent sequence of courses means a
to— language arts, mathematics, and science) series of courses in which career and
(i) Inform States of the availability of and challenging career and technical academic education is integrated, and
valid and reliable technical skills skill proficiencies results in that directly relates to, and leads to,
assessments; and improvements in the academic both academic and occupational
(ii) Assist States in selecting achievement of students, including competencies. The term includes
appropriate, valid, and reliable special populations, enrolled in career competency-based education and
technical skills assessments. and technical education programs. academic education, and adult training
2. Enhancing Student Academic and 4. Programs of Study Priority: We or retraining, including sequential units
Technical Skills Achievement and award up to 10 points to an application encompassed within a single adult
Performance Priority: We award up to that proposes activities that— retraining course that otherwise meet
15 points to an application that (i) Promote improvements in career the requirements of this definition.
proposes to provide educational and technical education programs of Institution of higher education
agencies, educators, and other program study (i.e., implementing career and means—
providers with technical assistance on technical education programs that (A) (a) An educational institution in any
replicating current promising or best incorporate secondary education and State that—
practices in instructional approaches, postsecondary elements, (B) include (1) Admits, as regular students, only
methods, programs, models, or coherent and rigorous content aligned persons having a certificate of
strategies, including approaches, with challenging academic standards graduation from a school providing
methods, programs, models, or and relevant career and technical secondary education or the recognized
strategies that are accepted by the field content in a coordinated, non- equivalent of such a certificate;
as effective for the purpose of enhancing duplicative progression of courses that
(2) Is legally authorized within such
student academic and technical skills align secondary education with
State to provide a program of education
achievement and performance, postsecondary education to adequately
beyond secondary education;
including the academic and technical prepare students to succeed in
(3) Provides an educational program
skills achievement and performance of postsecondary education, (C) may
for which the institution awards a
students preparing for employment in include the opportunity for secondary
bachelor’s degree or provides not less
nontraditional fields, and those that education students to participate in dual
than a two-year program that is
have been shown to be effective using or concurrent enrollment programs or
acceptable for full credit toward such a
scientifically based research. other ways to acquire postsecondary
education credits, and (D) lead to an
(b) Scientifically Based Research (4) Is a public or other nonprofit
industry-recognized credential or
Priorities institution; and
certificate at the postsecondary level, or
1. Use of Technical Skills (5) Is accredited by a nationally
an associate or baccalaureate degree);
Assessments Priority: We award up to recognized accrediting agency or
10 points to an application that (ii) Encourage States to adopt these association or, if not so accredited, is an
proposes— improvements in career and technical institution that has been granted
(i) Activities that investigate the— education programs of study statewide preaccreditation status by such an
(A) Availability, at the national, State, in programs operated by eligible agency or association that has been
and local levels, of valid and reliable recipients and postsecondary recognized by the Secretary of
technical skills assessments that are institutions. Education for the granting of
aligned with industry-recognized Definitions: preaccreditation status, and the
standards; and Career and technical education means Secretary of Education has determined
(B) Extent to which States and local organized educational activities that— that there is satisfactory assurance that
eligible recipients use valid and reliable (a) Offer a sequence of courses that— the institution will meet the
technical skills assessments that are (1) Provides individuals with accreditation standards of such an
aligned with industry-recognized coherent and rigorous content aligned agency or association within a
standards, to measure the attainment of with challenging academic standards reasonable time.
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technical skills proficiencies by career and relevant technical knowledge and (b) The term also includes—
and technical education students; and skills needed to prepare for further (1) Any school that provides not less
(ii) Activities that encourage the education and careers in current or than a one-year program of training to
development of valid and reliable emerging professions; prepare students for gainful
technical skills assessments that are (2) Provides technical skills employment in a recognized occupation
aligned with industry-recognized proficiency, an industry-recognized and that meets the provisions of

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paragraphs (a)(1), (2), (4) and (5) of this (e) Displaced homemakers; and III. Eligibility Information
definition. (f) Individuals with limited English 1. Eligible Applicants: The following
(2) A public or nonprofit private proficiency. entities are eligible to apply under this
educational institution in any State that,
(20 U.S.C. 2302(29)) competition:
in lieu of the requirement in paragraph
(a) Institutions of higher education.
(a)(1) of this definition, admits as Note: Definitions of the terms ‘‘nonprofit,’’ (b) Public or private nonprofit
regular students, persons who are ‘‘private,’’ and ‘‘public’’ are in 34 CFR 77.1.
organizations or agencies. (See 34 CFR
beyond the age of compulsory school
Applicants are encouraged to review 75.51, ‘‘How to prove nonprofit status.’’)
attendance in the State in which the
all applicable definitions in section 3 of (c) A consortium of institutions of
institution is located. (20 U.S.C. 1001
the Act. higher education, or of public or private
and 2302(18))
Scientifically based research means Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking: nonprofit organizations or agencies.
research that is carried out using Under the Administrative Procedure Act Eligible applicants seeking to apply for
scientifically based research standards, (5 U.S.C. 553), the Department generally funds as a consortium must comply
as defined in section 102 of the offers interested parties the opportunity with the regulations in 34 CFR 75.127–
Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 to comment on proposed non-statutory 75.129, which address group
(20 U.S.C. 9501). (20 U.S.C. 2302(25)) requirements, definitions, and selection applications.
Scientifically based research criteria. Section 437(d)(1) of GEPA, 2. Cost Sharing and Matching. This
standards means research standards however, allows the Secretary to exempt competition does not require cost
that— from rulemaking requirements, non- sharing or matching.
(a) Apply rigorous, systematic, and statutory requirements, definitions, and IV. Application and Submission
objective methodology to obtain reliable selection criteria governing the first Information
and valid knowledge relevant to grant competition under a new or
education activities and programs; and 1. Address to Request Application
substantially revised program authority.
(b) Present findings and make claims Package: Dr. Ricardo Hernandez, U.S.
This is the first grant competition for
that are appropriate to, and supported Department of Education, 400 Maryland
this program under section 114(d)(4)
by, the methods that have been Avenue, SW., room 11137, Potomac
and (5) of the Act and, therefore,
employed. Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–
qualifies for this exemption. In order to
The term includes, appropriate to the 7241. Telephone: (202) 245–7818. Or
ensure timely grant awards, the
research being conducted— Fax: (202) 245–7837 or e-mail:
Secretary has decided to forgo public
(a) Employing systematic, empirical
methods that draw on observation or comment on the non-statutory
If you use a telecommunications
experiment; requirements, definitions, and selection
device for the deaf (TDD), call the
(b) Involving data analyses that are criteria under the authority of section
Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at
adequate to support the general 437(d)(1) of GEPA. These non-statutory
findings; requirements, definitions, and selection
Individuals with disabilities may
(c) Relying on measurements or criteria will apply to the FY 2006
obtain a copy of the application package
observational methods that provide competition only.
in an alternate format (e.g., Braille, large
reliable data; Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. print, audiotape, or computer diskette)
(d) Making claims of causal 2324(d)(4) and (5). by contacting the person listed under
relationships only in random Applicable Regulations: The Alternative Format in section VIII of this
assignment experiments or other Education Department General notice in this section.
designs (to the extent such designs Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 2. Content and Form of Application
substantially eliminate plausible 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 80, 81, 82, 84, Submission:
competing explanations for the obtained 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. Requirements concerning the content
results); of the application, together with the
(e) Ensuring that studies and methods Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86
apply to institutions of higher education forms you must submit, are in the
are presented in sufficient detail and application package for this
clarity to allow for replication or, at a competition.
minimum, to offer the opportunity to Page Limit: The application narrative
II. Award Information
build systematically on the findings of is where you, the applicant, address the
the research; Type of Award: Cooperative selection criteria that reviewers use to
(f) Obtaining acceptance by a peer- agreement. evaluate your application. There is no
reviewed journal or approval by a panel Estimated Available Funds: page limit for the application narrative;
of independent experts through a $2,200,000 for the first 10 months of the however, you must use the following
comparably rigorous, objective, and project, and $4,500,000 for funding 12- standards:
scientific review; and
(g) Using research designs and
month project periods for each • A ‘‘page’’ is 8.5″ × 11″;, on one side
successive 12-month budget period for only, with 1″ margins at the top, bottom,
methods appropriate to the research
years two through five. Continuation of and both sides.
question posed. (20 U.S.C. 2302(25) and
funding for the Center is subject to the • Double space (no more than three
Special populations means— availability of funds and to the grantee lines per vertical inch) all text in the
(a) Individuals with disabilities; meeting the requirements of 34 CFR application narrative, including titles,
75.253. FY 2006 funds will be used for headings, footnotes, quotations,
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(b) Individuals from economically

disadvantaged families, including foster new awards under this competition. references, and captions, as well as all
children; Estimated Number of Awards: 1. text in charts, tables, figures and graphs.
(c) Individuals preparing for • Use a font that is either 12 point or
Note: The Department is not bound by any
nontraditional training fields; estimates in this notice. larger or not smaller than 10 pitch
(d) Single parents, including single (characters per inch).
pregnant women; Project Period: Up to 60 months. 3. Submission Dates and Times:

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Applications Available: June 11, 2007. You must search for the downloadable Registration Guide (see http://
Deadline for Transmittal of application package for this competition
Applications: August 10, 2007. by the CFDA number. Do not include Grants.govRegistrationBrochure.pdf).
Applications for grants under this the CFDA number’s alpha suffix in your You also must provide on your
program may be submitted search (e.g., search for 84.051, not application the same D–U–N–S Number
electronically using the 84.051A). used with this registration. Please note
Apply site (, or in paper Please note the following: that the registration process may take
format by mail or hand delivery. For • Your participation in is five or more business days to complete,
information (including dates and times) voluntary. and you must have completed all
about how to submit your application • When you enter the site, registration steps to allow you to submit
electronically, or in paper format by you will find information about successfully an application via
mail or hand delivery, please refer to submitting an application electronically In addition you will need to
section IV. 6. Other Submission through the site, as well as the hours of update your CCR registration on an
Requirements in this notice. operation. annual basis. This may take three or
We do not consider an application • Applications received by more business days to complete.
that does not comply with the deadline are date and time stamped. Your
• You will not receive additional
requirements. application must be fully uploaded and
point value because you submit your
Individuals with disabilities who submitted and must be date and time
application in electronic format, nor
need an accommodation or auxiliary aid stamped by the system no
will we penalize you if you submit your
in connection with the application later than 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC
application in paper format.
process should contact the person listed time, on the application deadline date.
Except as otherwise noted in this • If you submit your application
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION electronically, you must submit all
CONTACT in section VII in this notice. If section, we will not consider your
application if it is date and time documents electronically, including all
the Department provides an information you typically provide on
accommodation or auxiliary aid to an stamped by the system later
than 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the following forms: Application for
individual with a disability in Federal Assistance (SF 424), the
connection with the application the application deadline date. When we
retrieve your application from Department of Education Supplemental
process, the individual’s application Information for SF 424, Budget
remains subject to all other, we will notify you if we are
rejecting your application because it Information—Non-Construction
requirements and limitations in this Programs (ED 524), and all necessary
notice. was date and time stamped by the system after 4:30 p.m., assurances and certifications. Please
4. Intergovernmental Review: This note that two of these forms—the SF 424
program is not subject to Executive Washington, DC time, on the
application deadline date. and the Department of Education
Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 Supplemental Information for SF 424—
CFR part 79. • The amount of time it can take to
upload an application will vary have replaced the ED 424 (Application
5. Funding Restrictions: We reference
depending on a variety of factors, for Federal Education Assistance).
regulations outlining funding restriction
including the size of the application and • If you submit your application
in the Applicable Regulations section of
the speed of your Internet connection. electronically, you must attach any
this notice.
6. Other Submission Requirements: Therefore, we strongly recommend that narrative sections of your application as
Applications for grants under this you do not wait until the application files in a .DOC (document), .RTF (rich
competition may be submitted deadline date to begin the submission text), or .PDF (Portable Document)
electronically or in paper format by mail process through format. If you upload a file type other
or hand delivery. • You should review and follow the than the three file types specified in this
a. Electronic Submission of Education Submission Procedures for paragraph or submit a password-
Applications. submitting an application through protected file, we will not review that
To comply with the President’s that are included in the material.
Management Agenda, we are application package for this competition • Your electronic application must
participating as a partner in the to ensure that you submit your comply with any page-limit
Governmentwide Apply site. application in a timely manner to the requirements described in this notice.
The National Research Center for Career system. You can also find the • After you electronically submit
and Technical Education, CFDA Education Submission Procedures your application, you will receive from
Number 84.051A, is included in this pertaining to at http://e- an automatic notification of
project. We request your participation in receipt that contains a GrantsgovSubmissionProcedures.pdf. tracking number. (This notification
If you choose to submit your • To submit your application via indicates receipt by only, not
application electronically, you must use, you must complete all steps receipt by the Department.) The
the Governmentwide Apply in the registration process Department then will retrieve your
site at Through (see application from and send a
this site, you will be able to download get_registered.jsp). These steps include second notification to you by e-mail.
a copy of the application package, (1) registering your organization, a This second notification indicates that
complete it offline, and then upload and multi-part process that includes the Department has received your
submit your application. You may not e- registration with the Central Contractor application and has assigned your
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mail an electronic copy of a grant Registry (CCR); (2) registering yourself application a PR/Award number (an ED-
application to us. as an Authorized Organization specified identifying number unique to
You may access the electronic grant Representative (AOR); and (3) getting your application).
application for the National Research authorized as an AOR by your • We may request that you provide us
Center for Career and Technical organization. Details on these steps are original signatures on forms at a later
Education at outlined in the 3-Step date.

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Application Deadline Date Extension Application Control Center, Stop 4260, V. Application Review Information
in Case of Technical Issues with the Attention: (CFDA Number 84.051A), Selection Criteria: The selection System: If you are 7100 Old Landover Road, Landover, MD criteria for this program are as follows.
experiencing problems submitting your 20785–1506. The maximum score for each criterion is
application through, please Regardless of which address you use, indicated in parentheses. The maximum
contact the Support Desk, you must show proof of mailing score for all the criteria is 105 points.
toll free, at 1–800–518–4726. You must consisting of one of the following: (a) Quality of project design (30
obtain a Support Desk Case points). The Secretary considers the
Number and must keep a record of it. (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service
postmark. quality of the project design.
If you are prevented from
(2) A legible mail receipt with the In determining the quality of the
electronically submitting your
date of mailing stamped by the U.S. design of the proposed project, the
application on the application deadline
Postal Service. Secretary considers the following
date because of technical problems with
the system, we will grant you (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or
(1) The extent to which the proposed
an extension until 4:30 p.m., receipt from a commercial carrier.
project activities represent a—
Washington, DC time, the following (4) Any other proof of mailing (i) Coherent, sustained approach that
business day to enable you to transmit acceptable to the Secretary of the U.S. is exceptional for each of the required
your application electronically or by Department of Education. research, evaluation, development,
hand delivery. You also may mail your If you mail your application through dissemination, professional
application by following the mailing the U.S. Postal Service, we do not development, and technical assistance
instructions described elsewhere in this accept either of the following as proof activities described in the Required
notice. of mailing: Project Activities section of this notice;
If you submit an application after 4:30
(1) A private metered postmark. and
p.m., Washington, DC time, on the
(2) A mail receipt that is not dated by (ii) Balance between secondary and
application deadline date, please
the U.S. Postal Service. postsecondary education.
contact the person listed under FOR
If your application is postmarked after (2) The significance or magnitude of
the application deadline date, we will the scientifically based research
section VII in this notice and provide an
not consider your application. proposed by the project, especially as it
explanation of the technical problem
relates to improvement in teaching and
you experienced with, along Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not student outcomes.
with the Support Desk Case uniformly provide a dated postmark. Before
(3) The extent to which the proposed
Number. We will accept your relying on this method, you should check
with your local post office. research design includes—
application if we can confirm that a (i) A model in which multiple
technical problem occurred with the c. Submission of Paper Applications investigators conduct studies that are system and that that problem by Hand Delivery. coordinated around the research strands
affected your ability to submit your or thematic areas on which the
application by 4:30 p.m., Washington, If you submit your application in
paper format by hand delivery, you (or applicant proposes to focus; and
DC time, on the application deadline (ii) The use of appropriate theoretical
date. The Department will contact you a courier service) must deliver the
original and two copies of your models and scientifically based research
after a determination is made on standards that represent the most
whether your application will be application by hand, on or before the
application deadline date, to the rigorous designs appropriate to the
accepted. research being proposed.
Department at the following address:
Note: The extensions to which we refer in U.S. Department of Education, (4) The extent to which the proposed
this section apply only to the unavailability Application Control Center, Attention: dissemination plan includes: (i) A
of, or technical problems with, the thorough, high-quality review of the
system. We will not grant you an extension (CFDA Number 84.051A), 550 12th
if you failed to fully register to submit your Street, SW., Room 7041, Potomac Center relevant literature to identify current
application to before the Plaza, Washington, DC 20202–4260. promising or best practices that are
application deadline date and time or if the The Application Control Center accepted by the field as effective and are
technical problem you experienced is accepts hand deliveries daily between 8 based on scientifically based research;
unrelated to the system. a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC (ii) a comparably rigorous, objective,
b. Submission of Paper Applications time, except Saturdays, Sundays, and and scientific review of instructional
by Mail. Federal holidays. approaches, methods, programs,
If you submit your application in models, or strategies to be disseminated;
Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper
paper format by mail (through the U.S. (iii) a high-quality plan for
Applications: If you mail or hand deliver
Postal Service or a commercial carrier), your application to the Department— dissemination activities; and (iv) the use
you must mail the original and two (1) You must indicate on the envelope of a variety of effective approaches.
copies of your application, on or before and—if not provided by the Department—in (5) The extent to which the project
the application deadline date, to the Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA number, proposes models for dissemination that
Department at the applicable following including suffix letter, if any, of the incorporate approaches that meet the
address: competition under which you are submitting needs of different communities of users.
By mail through the U.S. Postal your application; and (6) The extent to which the
Service: U.S. Department of Education, (2) The Application Control Center will professional development activities
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mail to you a notification of receipt of your

Application Control Center, Attention: proposed by the project are of sufficient
grant application. If you do not receive this
(CFDA Number 84.051A), 400 Maryland notification within 15 business days from the quality, intensity, and duration to lead
Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202– application deadline date, you should call to improvements in practice among the
4260; or the U.S. Department of Education recipients of those services.
By mail through a commercial carrier: Application Control Center at (202) 245– (7) The extent to which the proposed
U.S. Department of Education, 6288. technical assistance plan reflects in-

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depth knowledge and understanding of cooperative agreement between the underrepresented based on race, color,
available scientifically valid, research- Center and the Department’s Office of national origin, gender, age, or
based practice, evidence-based practice, Vocational and Adult Education. disability.
or both, to improve student achievement (4) The adequacy of mechanisms for (e) Adequacy of resources (10 points).
in academic and career and technical ensuring high-quality research and The Secretary considers the adequacy of
education, and demonstrates knowledge evaluation, dissemination, technical resources for the proposed project. In
of, and access to, reliable sources for assistance, and professional determining the adequacy of resources
obtaining such knowledge on an development from the proposed project. for the proposed project, the Secretary
ongoing basis. (5) The adequacy of the plans for an considers the following factors:
(8) The extent to which the proposed objective independent assessment, in (1) The adequacy of resources for the
project will consult with sponsors of accordance with the Program proposed project, including facilities,
similar or related efforts, and with other Requirements section of this notice, of equipment, supplies, and other
appropriate community, State, and the Center’s performance on the GPRA resources needed to carry out
Federal resources, such as those of the measures. successfully the purpose and activities
Department’s Policy and Program (d) Quality of personnel (20 points). of the proposed project.
Studies Service, Comprehensive Centers The Secretary considers the quality of (2) The extent to which the budget is
(particularly the National High School the personnel who will carry out the adequate to support the proposed
Center), National Research and proposed project. In determining the project.
Development Centers, and Regional quality of project personnel, the (3) The extent to which the costs are
Educational Labs. Secretary considers the following: reasonable in relation to the objectives,
(b) Institutional capability (15 points). (1) The extent to which the design, and significance of the proposed
The Secretary considers the institutional application presents evidence of the project.
capability of the applicant or of Center Director and key personnel (f) Evaluation (10 points). The
consortium members, if the applicant is having a history of conducting high- Secretary considers the quality of the
a consortium. In assessing institutional quality scientifically based research, evaluation to be conducted of the
capability, the Secretary reviews the including whether the studies described proposed project. In determining the
application to determine the extent to as evidence of the applicant’s quality of the evaluation, the Secretary
which the applicant understands the performance history were well-designed considers the following factors:
state of knowledge and practice related and implemented, and addressed (1) The extent to which the methods
to career and technical education, as research questions of practical and of evaluation are thorough, feasible, and
evidenced by the depth and breadth of policy importance. appropriate to the goals, objectives, and
its documented experience in and (2) The extent to which the outcomes of the proposed project.
capacity for— application presents evidence of (2) The extent to which the methods
(1) Conducting scientifically based professional preparation and successful of evaluation provide for examining the
research, development, evaluation, prior experience of the Center’s director effectiveness of project implementation
dissemination, professional and other key personnel, including strategies.
development, and technical assistance contractors, key consultants, and (3) The extent to which the methods
activities of the type described in the partners, if any, that indicate that each of evaluation will provide timely
Required Program Activities section of has the knowledge, skills, and ability to guidance for quality assurance.
this notice; and carry out successfully the (4) The extent to which the methods
(2) Delivering technical assistance responsibilities they are assigned under of evaluation—
across a range of urban and rural the project, including the— (i) Include the use of objective
educational settings. (i) Center Director’s and key performance measures that are clearly
(c) Quality of the management plan personnel’s expertise and demonstrated related to the intended outcomes of the
(20 points). The Secretary considers the successful experience with scientifically project;
quality of the management plan for the based research, effective technical (ii) In determining the overall
proposed project. In determining the assistance, and other activities similar to effectiveness of the Center, take into
quality of the management plan for the those that are to be carried out under the account the Center’s performance on the
proposed project, the Secretary project; and GPRA measures in the Performance
considers the following factors: (ii) Demonstrated effectiveness of the Measures section of this notice; and
(1) The extent to which the goals, Center Director and key personnel in (iii) Will produce quantitative and
objectives, and outcomes to be achieved providing technical assistance that qualitative data, to the extent possible.
by the proposed project are clearly utilizes scientifically based research and (5) The extent to which the methods
specified and measurable. improves the academic and technical of evaluation will ensure feedback on
(2) The adequacy of the management skill proficiencies of career and performance and continuous
plan to achieve the objectives of the technical education students. improvement in the operation of the
proposed project on time and within (3) The extent to which the time proposed project.
budget, including clearly defined commitments of the Center Director and
responsibilities, timeliness and key personnel are appropriate and VI. Award Administration Information
milestones for accomplishing project adequate to meet proposed project 1. Award Notices: If your application
tasks, and a clearly articulated plan for objectives. is successful, we notify your U.S.
continuous improvement. (4) The extent to which the Center Representative and U.S. Senators and
(3) The adequacy of procedures for Director has prior relevant experience send you a Grant Award Notice (GAN).
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coordination and communication operating a project of the size and scope We may notify you informally, also.
among staff, subcontractors, members of required for the purposes of the Center. If your application is not evaluated or
the consortium, if any, and the (5) The extent to which the applicant not selected for funding, we notify you.
Department, in particular, for the encourages applications for employment 2. Administrative and National Policy
frequent and detailed communication from persons who are members of Requirements: We identify
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requirements in the application package resources and actions needed to 888–293–6498; or in the Washington,
and reference these and other accomplish goals and objectives, DC, area at (202) 512–1530.
requirements in the Applicable develop a means of measuring progress Note: The official version of this document
Regulations section in this notice. made, and regularly report on is the document published in the Federal
We reference the regulations outlining achievement. One important source of Register. Free Internet access to the official
the terms and conditions of an award in program information on successes and edition of the Federal Register and the Code
the Applicable Regulations section in lessons learned is the project evaluation of Federal Regulations is available on GPO
this notice and include these and other conducted under individual grants. In Access at:
specific conditions in the GAN. The evaluating the overall effectiveness of index.html.
GAN also incorporates your approved the Center, the Center must also be
application as part of your binding Troy R. Justesen,
prepared to measure and report
commitments under the Center grant. annually on the following measures of Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult
3. Reporting. (a) At the end of your Education.
project period, you must submit a final [FR Doc. E7–11135 Filed 6–8–07; 8:45 am]
a. The percentage of scientifically
performance report, including financial based research studies conducted by the BILLING CODE 4000–01–P
information, as directed by the Center that are of high relevance to
Secretary. If you receive a multi-year career and technical education practices
award, you must submit an annual as determined by expert panels. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
performance report that provides the b. The percentage of products (e.g., AGENCY
most current performance and financial instructional approaches, methods, [EPA–HQ–RCRA–2007–0387, FRL–8324–5]
expenditure information as directed by programs, models, and strategies)
the Secretary under 34 CFR 75.118. The disseminated to practitioners by the Agency Information Collection
Secretary may also require more Center that are judged by expert panels Activities; Proposed Collection;
frequent performance reports under 34 to be of high quality. Comment Request; Hazardous Waste
CFR 75.720(c). For specific c. The percentage of technical Specific Unit Requirements, and
requirements on reporting, please go to assistance services that are judged by Special Waste Processes and Types; target audiences to be of high usefulness EPA ICR No. 1572.07, OMB Control No.
appforms/appforms.html. to educational policy or practice. 2050–0050
(b) In addition, the Center must d. The percentage of professional
submit to the Secretary the following AGENCY: Environmental Protection
development activities offered by the Agency (EPA).
reports: Center that are judged by participants to
(1) Monthly exception reports that ACTION: Notice.
be of high quality.
(i) Any problems, delays, or adverse VII. Agency Contacts SUMMARY: In compliance with the
conditions that materially impair the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44
For Further Information Contact: Dr. U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this document
ability of the Center to accomplish its
Ricardo Hernandez, U.S. Department of announces that EPA is planning to
purposes, along with an explanation of
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., submit a request to renew an existing
any action taken or contemplated to
room 11137, Potomac Center Plaza, approved Information Collection
resolve the difficulties; and
Washington, DC 20202–7241. Request (ICR) to the Office of
(ii) Any favorable developments that
Telephone: (202) 245–7818, Fax: (202) Management and Budget (OMB). This
will permit the Center to accomplish its
245–7837, or by e-mail: ICR is scheduled to expire on October
purposes sooner, at less cost, or more 31, 2007. Before submitting the ICR to
effectively than projected.
(2) Semi-annual performance reports. If you use a TDD, call the FRS at 1– OMB for review and approval, EPA is
(3) During the first 10 months of the 800–877–8339. soliciting comments on specific aspects
project, financial status reports within VIII. Other Information of the proposed information collection
30 days of the 90th day, 180th day, and as described below.
270th day of the project period. Alternative Format: Individuals with DATES: Comments must be submitted on
(4) Three printed copies and one disabilities can obtain this document or before August 10, 2007.
electronic copy (pdf) of all substantive and a copy of the application package in
ADDRESSES: Submit your comments,
reports and products. an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large
identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–
(5) An interim evaluation report in the print, audiotape, or computer diskette)
RCRA–2007–0387, by one of the
third year of the project period and a on request to the program contact
following methods:
final evaluation report in the fifth year person listed under FOR FURTHER • Follow
of the project period. INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII in
the on-line instructions for submitting
(6) An annual report on the GPRA this notice. comments.
measures identified in the Performance Electronic Access to This Document: • E-mail:
Measures section of this notice. You may view this document, as well as • Fax: 202–566–0272.
(c) The Center must annually prepare all other documents of the Department • Mail: RCRA Docket (5305T), U.S.
a report of the key research findings of published in the Federal Register, in Environmental Protection Agency, 1200
the Center and submit copies of the text or Adobe Portable Document Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.,
report to the Secretary, the relevant Format (PDF) on the Internet at the Washington, DC 20460.
committees of Congress, the Library of following site: • Hand Delivery: 1301 Constitution
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Congress, and each ‘‘eligible agency,’’ as fedregister. Ave., NW., Room B102, Washington, DC
defined in section 3(12) of the Act. To use PDF you must have Adobe 20460. Such deliveries are only
4. Performance Measures: Under Acrobat Reader, which is available free accepted during the Docket’s normal
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