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H.R.5732 - Schools of the Future Act
To authorize a competitive grant program to implement and evaluate digital learning in rural locales.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
(2) While many large urban local educational agencies are at the forefront of implementing new digital learning innovations, it is often harder for smaller and more rural local educational agencies to access these tools. Smaller local educational agencies with less capacity may also find it more difficult to provide the training needed to effectively implement new digital learning technologies.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) Despite the potential of digital learning in rural areas, these advancements risk passing rural areas by without support for their implementation. Rather than having schools and local educational agencies apply digital learning innovations designed for urban environments to rural areas, it is important that digital learning technologies be developed and implemented in ways that reflect the unique needs of rural areas.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) Digital learning is rapidly expanding, and new tools for improving teaching and learning are being developed every day. A growing demand for digital learning tools and products has made rigorous evaluation of their effectiveness increasingly important, as this information would allow school and local educational agency leaders to make informed choices about how best to use these tools to improve student achievement and educational outcomes.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. PROGRAM AUTHORIZED.
(a) Grants to Eligible Partnerships- From the amounts appropriated to carry out this Act, the Secretary of Education is authorized to award grants, on a competitive basis, to eligible partnerships to carry out the activities described in section 6.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. APPLICATION.
An eligible partnership desiring a grant under this Act shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require, which shall include the following:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) A description of the technology-based learning practice, tool, strategy, or course that the eligible partnership proposes to develop or implement using the grant funds.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) how the school partner and the evaluation partner will work together to implement the practice, tool, strategy, or course in such a way that permits the use of a rigorous evaluation design that meets the standards of the What Works Clearinghouse of the Institute of Education Sciences; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) a description of the evaluation design that meets such standards, which will be used to measure any significant effects on the outcomes described in paragraphs (1) through (3) of section 7(a).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) An estimate of the number of students to be reached through the grant and evidence of its capacity to reach the proposed number of students during the course of the grant.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(6) An assurance that the school partner in the eligible partnership will ensure that each school to be served by the grant under this Act is designated with a school locale code of Fringe Rural, Distant Rural, or Remote Rural, as determined by the Secretary.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. APPLICATION REVIEW AND AWARD BASIS.
(a) Peer Review- The Secretary shall use a peer review process to review applications for grants under this Act. The Secretary shall appoint individuals to the peer review process who have relevant expertise in digital learning, research and evaluation, and rural education.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. USE OF FUNDS.
(1) IN GENERAL- An eligible partnership receiving a grant under this Act shall use such funds to implement and evaluate the results of technology-based learning practices, strategies, tools, or courses, including the practices, strategies, tools, or courses identified under paragraphs (2) through (6).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) TOOLS AND COURSES DESIGNED TO PERSONALIZE THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE- Technology-based tools and courses identified under this paragraph include the following types of tools and courses designed to personalize the learning experience:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) PRACTICES AND STRATEGIES DESIGNED TO AID AND INFORM INSTRUCTION- Technology-based practices and strategies identified under this paragraph include the following types of practices and strategies designed to aid and inform instruction:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(ii) designed to prepare students for college and a career, such as a repository of primary historical sources for use in history and civics courses or examples of developmentally appropriate science experiments.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) TOOLS, COURSES, AND STRATEGIES DESIGNED TO IMPROVE THE ACHIEVEMENT OF STUDENTS WITH SPECIFIC EDUCATIONAL NEEDS- Technology-based tools, courses, and strategies identified under this paragraph include the following types of tools, courses, and strategies designed to meet the needs of students with specific educational needs:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) TOOLS, COURSES, AND STRATEGIES DESIGNED TO HELP STUDENTS DEVELOP 21ST CENTURY SKILLS- Technology-based tools, courses, and strategies identified under this paragraph include peer-to-peer virtual learning opportunities to be used for the purposes of project-based learning, deeper learning, and collaborative learning, and other tools, courses, and strategies designed to help students develop 21st century skills, such as the ability to think critically and solve problems, be effective communicators, collaborate with others, and learn to create and innovate.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(6) TECHNOLOGY-BASED OR ONLINE COURSES THAT ALLOW STUDENTS TO TAKE COURSES THAT THEY WOULD NOT OTHERWISE HAVE ACCESS TO- Technology-based or online courses identified under this paragraph include courses or collections of courses that provide students access to courses that they would not otherwise have access to, such as the following:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) Online or software-based courses in foreign languages, especially in languages identified as critical or in schools where a teacher is not available to teach the language or course level a student requires.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) purchase hardware or software needed to carry out such strategies, practices, courses, or tools under the grant, except that such purchases may not exceed 50 percent of total grant funds;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 7. DATA COLLECTION AND EVALUATION.
(a) In General- Each eligible partnership receiving a grant under this Act shall require its evaluation partner to complete a comprehensive, well-designed, and well-implemented evaluation that meets the standards of the What Works Clearinghouse after the third year of implementation of the grant to measure the effect of the practice, tool, strategy, or course on--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) student achievement, as measured by high quality assessments that provide objective, valid, reliable measures of student academic growth and information on whether a student is on-track to graduate ready for college and career;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) where applicable, student achievement gaps, graduation and dropout rates, college enrollment, college persistence, college completion, and teacher or principal effectiveness as measured by student achievement and other applicable measures; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Implementation Evaluation- An evaluation partner may use funds under this Act to carry out an implementation evaluation designed to provide information that may be useful for schools, local educational agencies, States, consortia of schools, and charter school networks seeking to implement similar practices, tools, strategies, or courses in the future.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 8. DEFINITIONS.
(3) DIGITAL LEARNING PARTNER- The term ‘digital learning partner’ means an organization with expertise in the technology required to develop or implement the digital learning practices, tools, strategies, or courses proposed by the school partner with which the digital learning partner will partner or has partnered under this Act, such as--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) EVALUATION PARTNER- The term ‘evaluation partner’ means a partner that has the expertise and ability to carry out the evaluation of a grant received under this Act, such as--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION- The term ‘institution of higher education’ has the meaning given the term in section 102 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (
(6) LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCY- The term ‘local educational agency’ has the meaning given the term in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (