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S.283 - Investing in Innovation for Education Act of 2013
A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to invest in innovation for education.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. INVESTING IN INNOVATION.
‘PART D--INVESTING IN INNOVATION
‘SEC. 4401. PURPOSES.
‘(2) support the rapid development, expansion, and adoption of tools and resources that improve the efficiency, effectiveness, or pace of adoption of such educational practices, programs, and strategies.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘SEC. 4402. NATIONAL ACTIVITIES.
‘The Secretary may reserve not more than 10 percent of the funds appropriated under section 4408 for each fiscal year to carry out activities of national significance, which activities may include--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(4) the recruitment of peer-reviewers, including individuals with a background in rural education, to participate in the review of applications submitted under section 4404;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(7) entering into partnerships with other agencies, nonprofits, and the private sector to carry out advanced research and development activities, including research and activities in rural areas.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘SEC. 4403. PROGRAM AUTHORIZED; LENGTH OF GRANTS; PRIORITIES.
‘(a) Program Authorization- The Secretary shall use funds made available to carry out this part to award grants, on a competitive basis, to local educational agencies, educational service agencies, and nonprofit organizations that propose to provide support to 1 or more public schools or local educational agencies, or both, consistent with section 4405.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(b) Duration of Grants- The Secretary shall award grants under this part for a period of not more than 3 years, and may extend such grants for an additional 2-year period if the grantee demonstrates to the Secretary that it is making significant progress on the program performance measures identified in section 4406.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(c) Rural Areas- The Secretary shall ensure that not less than 25 percent of the funds awarded under subsection (a) for any fiscal year are for projects that meet both of the following requirements:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) A majority of the schools to be served by the project are designated with a school locale code of 41, 42, or 43, or a combination of such codes, as determined by the Secretary.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(d) Priorities- In awarding grants under this part, the Secretary may give priority to an eligible entity that includes, in its application under section 4404, a plan to--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(e) Standards of Evidence- The Secretary shall set standards for the quality of evidence that an applicant shall provide in order to demonstrate that the activities the applicant proposes to carry out with funds under this part are likely to succeed in improving student outcomes or outcomes on other performance measures. These standards may include any of the following:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) Strong evidence that the activities proposed by the applicant will have a statistically significant effect on student academic achievement, student growth, or outcomes on other performance measures.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) Moderate evidence that the activities proposed by the applicant will improve student academic achievement, student growth, or outcomes on other performance measures.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(3) A rationale based on research findings or a reasonable hypothesis that the activities proposed by the applicant will improve student academic achievement, student growth, or outcomes on other performance measures.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘SEC. 4404. APPLICATIONS.
‘(1) IN GENERAL- Each local educational agency, educational service agency, or nonprofit organization that desires to receive a grant under this part shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may reasonably require.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) REASONABLE PERIOD OF TIME- The Secretary shall ensure that prospective applicants are provided a reasonable period of time in which to prepare and submit their applications.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) describe the project for which the applicant is seeking a grant and how the evidence supporting that project meets the standards of evidence established by the Secretary under section 4403(e);CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(3) provide an estimate of the number of students that the applicant plans to serve under the proposed project, including the percentage of those students who are from low-income families, and the number of students to be served through additional expansion after the grant ends;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(4) demonstrate that the applicant has established 1 or more partnerships with private organizations, nonprofit organizations, or community-based organizations, and that the partner or partners will provide matching funds, except that the Secretary may waive the matching funds requirement, on a case-by-case, upon a showing of exceptional circumstances, such as the difficulty of raising matching funds for a project to serve a rural area;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) demonstrate how the local educational agency has made significant improvements in other outcomes, as applicable, on the performance measures described in section 4406;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) describe how the nonprofit organization has helped at least 1 school or local educational agency make a significant improvement, as applicable, in other outcomes on the performance measures described in section 4406;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) describe how the agency has helped at least 1 school or local educational agency make a significant improvement, as applicable, in other outcomes on the performance measures described in section 4406;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(11) if the applicant is a nonprofit organization that intends to make subgrants, consistent with section 4405(b), provide an assurance that the applicant will apply paragraphs (1) through (10), as appropriate, in the applicant’s selection of subgrantees and in its oversight of those subgrants.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(c) Criteria for Evaluating Applications- The Secretary shall award grants under this part on a competitive basis, based on the quality of the applications submitted and, consistent with the standards established under section 4403(e), each applicant’s likelihood of achieving success in improving student outcomes or outcomes on other performance measures.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘SEC. 4405. USES OF FUNDS.
‘(C) Providing high-quality instruction based on rigorous standards that build toward college and career readiness and measuring students’ mastery using high-quality assessments aligned to those standards.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(b) Authority to Subgrant- A nonprofit organization that receives a grant under this part may use the grant funds to make subgrants to other entities to provide support to 1 or more schools or local educational agencies. Any such entity shall comply with the requirements of this part relating to grantees, as appropriate.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘SEC. 4406. PERFORMANCE MEASURES.
‘The Secretary shall establish performance measures for the programs and activities carried out under this part. These measures, at a minimum, shall track the grantee’s progress in--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘SEC. 4407. REPORTING; ANNUAL REPORT.
‘A local educational agency, educational service agency, or nonprofit organization that receives a grant under this part shall submit to the Secretary, at such time and in such manner as the Secretary may require, an annual report that includes, among other things, information on the applicant’s progress on the performance measures established under section 4406, and the data supporting that progress.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘SEC. 4408. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
‘There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this part $500,000,000 for fiscal year 2014 and such sums as may be necessary for each of the 5 succeeding fiscal years.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Table of Contents- The table of contents in section 2 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 4304 the following:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘Part D--Investing in Innovation