U.S. Department of Education Invites Applicants for Javits Gifted and Talented Program


Right now, the U.S. Division of Schooling (Division) launched the FY 2022 discover inviting functions (NIA) for the Jacob Okay. Javits Gifted and Proficient College students Schooling Program (Javits). This system will award as much as $6.6 million in new grants for five-year initiatives that assist evidence-based analysis, demonstration initiatives, progressive methods, and related actions that improve elementary and secondary colleges’ capability to determine gifted and proficient college students and meet their distinctive instructional wants.

Supporting all college students, together with gifted and proficient college students, with accelerated studying alternatives is important to addressing the impacts of misplaced educational time and supporting constructive tutorial outcomes for all kids. Accelerated studying alternatives may also help to make sure college students excel and thrive.

“Increasing entry to gifted and proficient packages is one essential method that we will guarantee all college students—significantly those that are underserved—have the chance to have interaction in wealthy, rigorous studying experiences that open doorways for them to find new passions and attain their potential,” stated U.S. Secretary of Schooling Miguel Cardona. “This work is maybe extra essential now than ever earlier than, once we should assist college students by way of our nation’s continued restoration from the pandemic and boldly tackle alternative gaps in our schooling system.”

The Division strives to make sure that the academic wants of underserved kids and youth, together with these with disabilities who’re gifted and proficient, are met. Addressing and shutting instructional alternative gaps in underserved communities—earlier than and after the pandemic—are one of many high priorities of the Biden-Harris Administration. A significant emphasis of the Javits program is to determine and serve college students underrepresented in gifted and proficient packages, to incorporate the coaching of personnel within the identification and schooling of gifted and proficient college students and within the use, the place acceptable, of gifted and proficient companies, supplies, and strategies, for all college students.

The FY 2022 Javits program competitors focuses on college students who’re underserved and underrepresented in gifted and proficient packages by together with an absolute precedence that candidates should tackle to be eligible for evaluation. This yr’s utility requires candidates to develop “new info that assists colleges within the identification of, and provision of companies to, gifted and proficient college students (together with economically deprived people, people who’re multilingual learners, and kids with disabilities) who will not be recognized and served by way of conventional evaluation strategies.”

Eligible candidates embody state instructional businesses; native instructional businesses, the Bureau of Indian Schooling; establishments of upper schooling; different public businesses; or different non-public businesses or organizations.

Functions are due on April 4, 2022. Profitable candidates shall be chosen by way of a aggressive peer evaluation course of, and awards shall be made by August 2022. A pre-application webinar shall be held for potential candidates on Feb. 24, 2022, from 1 – 4 p.m. ET, through MS Groups. Details about the pre-application assembly shall be posted right here.

ED Invites Applications from States to Support Innovation in Assessment Systems


By Donald Peasley, Evaluation Staff Lead, College Assist & Accountability, Workplace of Elementary and Secondary Schooling

ED invites applications from states to support innovation in assessment systems

Over the previous two years, the pandemic has introduced immense challenges to our nation’s college students, faculties, and communities. Only one 12 months in the past, solely 46% of our nation’s Okay-12 faculties have been open for in-person studying, and numerous college students skilled traumas, psychological well being challenges, and educational disruptions. Some college students fell behind, and a few disconnected from their faculties altogether. That’s why since Day One of many Biden Administration, the Division of Schooling has been centered on reopening our faculties safely, getting extra People vaccinated, and addressing the impacts of the pandemic on college students of all ages. As a part of this effort, we invested $130 billion in America’s Okay-12 faculties by the American Rescue Plan, and we allowed for unprecedented flexibilities in our Okay-12 evaluation techniques, so faculties and districts might concentrate on getting college students again in school rooms safely, at first.

The Division of Schooling is proud that in only one 12 months, we now have returned to pre-pandemic ranges of colleges being open. Immediately, practically all college districts are again to in-person studying 5 days per week. We’re seeing college students daily interacting with their academics, friends, and faculty workers, receiving the educational and psychological well being helps they should get well. And whereas this pandemic has underscored simply how essential it’s for our college students to be receiving in-person instruction to make sure all college students are receiving high-quality, equitable schooling, it additionally has made clearer the gaps in our schooling system—and offered a possibility for us to get well stronger than we have been earlier than.

That’s why at this time the U.S. Division of Schooling is releasing the 2022 discover inviting functions for the Aggressive Grants for State Assessments program, a program designed to reinforce the standard of state evaluation techniques to raised mirror the wants and experiences of our nation’s college students and communities. This system will enable for states to proceed to make use of assessments to quantify the impacts the pandemic has had on our nation’s college students, establish gaps which can have gotten worse, and discover methods to direct sources and funding to deal with these gaps and roadblocks to scholar achievement. This system may also enable the Division to establish, raise up, and assist scale progressive approaches to assessments that advance educating and studying that may higher meet the wants of our evolving schooling system.

This system will award as much as $17.7 million in grants to 4-6 state instructional businesses, with estimated grant awards of as much as $3 million per grantee. Grantees will use these grant funds over a interval of as much as 4 years. This system will concentrate on evaluation techniques based mostly on a number of measures, competency-based schooling, and improved reporting of evaluation outcomes to folks and educators.

State instructional businesses (or a consortium of state instructional businesses) are invited to submit functions that 1) develop or implement evaluation techniques that use a number of measures of educational achievement; or 2) develop or implement complete educational assessments that emphasize the mastery of requirements and aligned competencies in a competency-based schooling mannequin. This system additionally features a aggressive precedence that focuses on enhancing how evaluation outcomes are reported to folks and educators, so members of college communities can higher help how instruction is designed to satisfy the educational wants of youngsters.

Functions might be due on April 18, 2022. Profitable candidates might be chosen, and awards might be made, by September 2022. Officers from the Division’s Workplace of Elementary and Secondary Schooling may also conduct a webinar for potential candidates within the coming weeks. Registration info for the webinar, the appliance for this grant program, and extra details about the Aggressive Grants for State Assessments program is out there at https://oese.ed.gov/workplaces/office-of-formula-grants/school-support-and-accountability/competitive-grants-for-state-assessments/applicant-information/.

As we proceed our work to help our nation’s college students of their restoration from the pandemic, we stay up for working in partnership with faculties, households, educators, and communities to strengthen our evaluation and schooling techniques, so each scholar has the chance to succeed academically and thrive.