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US Department of Education: 2013 Investing in Innovation Competition Continues with Invitation for Scale-Up and Validation Applications

Following the launch of the 2013 Investing in Innovation (i3) Development competition earlier this spring, today the U.S. Department of Education announced the start of the competition for the i3 program's Scale-up and Validation categories. These grants will continue the Department's investments in promising strategies that can help to close achievement gaps and improve student learning.

The Validation competition includes a priority on improving academic outcomes for English learners (ELs). School districts across the country are experiencing increases in the enrollment of students who cannot speak, read, or write English well enough to participate meaningfully in educational programs and who therefore need specialized support services. Too often, these students' English language needs are not met, thereby inhibiting them from the achieving the academic outcomes of which they are capable. This issue is particularly acute for ELs at the middle and high-school levels. To address this concern, we include a subpart that focuses on projects that would develop, implement, and evaluate new instructional approaches and tools to increase the number of ELs successfully completing courses in core academic areas.

Absolute Priority 3—Improving Academic Outcomes for English Learners (ELs).

Projects addressing the following priority area:

  • Increasing the number and proportion of ELs successfully completing courses in core academic subjects by developing, implementing, and evaluating new instructional approaches and tools that are sensitive to the language demands necessary to access challenging content, including technology-based tools.
Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: May 23, 2013
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July2, 2013

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