[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 118 (Wednesday, June 19, 2019)]
[Pages 28526-28529]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-13038]



Applications for New Awards; Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems

AGENCY: Institute of Education Sciences, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) invites State 
educational agencies (SEAs) to apply for fiscal year (FY) 2019 grants 
to assist them in using data in Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems 
(SLDS) to inform their efforts to improve education in critical areas, 
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.372A. This 
notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control 
number 1894-0006.

    Applications Available: June 26, 2019.
    Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: July 19, 2019.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: September 17, 2019.
    Pre-Application Webinar Information: We intend to hold webinars 
designed to provide technical assistance to interested applicants. 
Detailed information regarding these meetings will be provided on the 
IES website at http://ies.ed.gov/funding.

ADDRESSES: For the addresses for obtaining and submitting an 
application, please refer to our Common Instructions for Applicants to 
Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the 
Federal Register on February 13, 2019 (84 FY 3768) and available at 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Sharkey, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 4162, Potomac Center Plaza, 
Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 245-7689. Email: 
[email protected].
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text 
telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll-free, at 1-


Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The SLDS program awards grants to SEAs to 
design, develop, and implement statewide longitudinal data systems to 
efficiently and accurately manage, analyze, disaggregate, and use 
individual student data. The Department's long-term goal in operating 
the program is to help all States create comprehensive P-20W (early 
learning through workforce) systems that foster the generation and use 
of accurate and timely data, support analysis and informed decision-
making at all levels of the education system, increase the efficiency 
with which data may be analyzed to support the continuous improvement 
of education services and outcomes, facilitate research to improve 
student academic

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achievement and close achievement gaps, support education 
accountability systems, and simplify the processes used by SEAs to make 
education data transparent through Federal and public reporting.
    Under previous competitions, IES awarded SLDS grants to 47 States, 
the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and American 
Samoa. These funds supported SLDS grantees in the design, development, 
and implementation of statewide longitudinal kindergarten through grade 
12 (K-12) data systems, or to expand their K-12 systems to include 
early childhood data and/or postsecondary and workforce data. Grants 
awarded also supported the development and implementation of systems 
that link individual student data across time and across databases, 
including the matching of teachers to students; promoting 
interoperability across institutions, agencies, and States; and 
protecting student and individual privacy consistent with applicable 
privacy protection laws.
    Priorities: Because States have been engaged in the process of 
developing these longitudinal data systems for a number of years, two 
of the priorities of this competition focus on using data that have 
already been linked or managed in State data systems. However, 
recognizing that infrastructure conceived more than a decade ago may be 
increasingly obsolete, States may also apply for infrastructure grants 
in this round.
    Applicants may apply for funds to carry out projects to address one 
of the following priorities for development and use of an SLDS:
    (1) Infrastructure;
    (2) Education Choice; or
    (3) Equity.
    Under any of these priorities, States should consider how their 
proposals would enhance their ability to use their SLDS to address the 
needs of at-risk students, including children and youth who are or have 
been homeless or in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems. All 
applicants may also apply for funds to assist the Department in testing 
a proposed school-level poverty measure that is based on student 
addresses instead of participation in free and reduced-price meals. 
States participating in this activity would always be in control of the 
geocoded student address directory that they create, and no individual 
student data will be shared with the Department.
    SEAs for each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the 
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and each of the outlying areas are 
eligible to apply for funding under this competition. Grants will not 
be made available to support ongoing maintenance of current data 
systems, but they may be used to improve existing systems to make more 
effective use of the data contained in these statewide systems, or to 
create a system where none previously existed, or a linkage that did 
not already exist.
    Exemption from Rulemaking: Under section 191 of the Education 
Sciences Reform Act, 20 U.S.C. 9581 IES is not subject to section 43(d) 
of the General Education Provisions Act, 20 U.S.C 1232(d), and is 
therefore not required to offer interested parties the opportunity to 
comment on priorities, selection criteria, definitions, and 
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 9607.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 77, 82, 84, 97, 98, 
and 99. (b) 34 CFR part 75, except for the provisions in 34 CFR 75.100, 
75.101(b), 75.102, 75.103, 75.105, 75.109(a), 75.200, 75.201, 75.209, 
75.210, 75.211, 75.217(a)-(c), 75.219, 75.220, 75.221, 75.222, and 
75.230. (c) The OMB Guidelines to Agencies on Governmentwide Debarment 
and Suspension (Nonprocurement) in 2 CFR part 180, as adopted and 
amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3485.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Cooperative agreements.
    Estimated Available Funds: $26,132,000 to support the first year of 
grant funding.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $3,250,000 to $3,500,000 for the entire 
project period of 48 months.
    Maximum Award: We will not make an award exceeding $3,250,000 for 
the entire project period of 48 months to address one of the 
priorities. States that agree to participate in the School-Level 
Poverty project may request an additional $250,000 for costs associated 
with the school-level poverty measure development and test work for a 
project period of no more than 48 months.
    Note: The Director of IES may change the maximum award through a 
notice published in the Federal Register.
    Estimated Number of Awards: We estimate making approximately 30 
awards. The number of awards made under this competition will depend 
upon the quality of the applications received and the level of funding 
    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice.
    Project Period: Up to 48 months.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants are limited to SEAs. An 
SEA is the agency primarily responsible for the State supervision of 
elementary schools and secondary schools. See 20 U.S.C. 9601 (which 
incorporates by reference the definition of SEA set out in section 9101 
of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended 
(ESEA), 20 U.S.C. 7801). The SEAs of the 50 States, the District of 
Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin 
Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern 
Mariana Islands are eligible.
    2. a. Cost Sharing or Matching: This competition does not require 
cost sharing or matching.
    b. Supplement-Not-Supplant: The Educational Technical Assistance 
Act of 2002 requires that funds made available under this grant program 
be used to supplement, and not supplant, other State or local funds 
used for developing or using State data systems.
    3. Subgrantees: A grantee under this competition may not award 
subgrants to entities to directly carry out project activities 
described in its application.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Application Submission Instructions: Applicants are required to 
follow the Common Instructions for Applicants to Department of 
Education Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the Federal 
Register on February 13, 2019, and available at www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-13/pdf/2019-02206.pdf, which contain 
requirements and information on how to submit an application.
    Additional information regarding program requirements for this 
competition will be contained in the Request for Applications (RFA), 
which will be available on June 19, 2019, on the IES website at: 
    2. Submission of Proprietary Information: Given the types of 
projects that may be proposed in applications for the SLDS grant 
program, your application may include business information that you 
consider proprietary. In 34 CFR 5.11 we define ``business information'' 
and describe the process we use in determining whether any of that 
information is proprietary and, thus, protected from disclosure under 
Exemption 4 of the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552, as 
    Because we plan to make successful applications available to the 
public, you

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may wish to request confidentiality of business information.
    Consistent with Executive Order 12600, please designate in your 
application any information that you believe is exempt from disclosure 
under Exemption 4. In the appropriate Appendix section of your 
application, under ``Other Attachments Form,'' please list the page 
number or numbers on which we can find this information. For additional 
information please see 34 CFR 5.11(c).
    3. Intergovernmental Review: This program is not subject to 
Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79.
    4. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding 
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.
    5. Notice of Intent to Apply: We ask potential applicants to submit 
a letter of intent, indicating the priority under which the State 
intends to apply for funding. We use the information in the letters of 
intent to identify the expertise needed for the scientific review 
panels and to secure a sufficient number of reviewers. For this reason, 
letters of intent are optional but strongly encouraged. We request that 
letters of intent be submitted using the link at: https://iesreview.ed.gov/. Applicants that do not submit a notice of intent to 
apply may still apply for funding; applicants that do submit a notice 
of intent to apply are not bound to apply or bound by the information 

V. Application Review Information

    1. Selection Criteria: For all of its grant competitions, IES uses 
selection criteria based on a peer-review process that has been 
approved by the National Board for Education Sciences. The Peer Review 
Procedures for Grant Applications can be found on the IES website at: 
https://ies.ed.gov/director/sro/peer_review/application_review.asp. For 
this competition, peer reviewers will be asked to evaluate the 
substantial need for the project; the quality and feasibility of its 
measurable outcomes, activities, and timelines; the effectiveness of 
its management and governance plan; the quality of its data security 
and privacy protections; the qualifications and experience of the 
personnel; and the resources of the applicant to support the proposed 
activities. These criteria are described in greater detail in the RFA.
    2. Review and Selection Process: We remind potential applicants 
that in reviewing applications in any discretionary grant competition, 
the Secretary may consider, under 34 CFR 75.217(d)(3), the past 
performance of the applicant in carrying out a previous award, such as 
the applicant's use of funds, achievement of project objectives, and 
compliance with grant conditions. The Secretary may also consider 
whether the applicant failed to submit a timely performance report or 
submitted a report of unacceptable quality.
    In addition, in making a competitive grant award, the Secretary 
requires various assurances, including those applicable to Federal 
civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or 
activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department 
(34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).
    3. Risk Assessment and Specific Conditions: Consistent with 2 CFR 
200.205, before awarding grants under this program the Department 
conducts a review of the risks posed by applicants. Under 2 CFR 
3474.10, the Secretary may impose specific conditions and, in 
appropriate circumstances, high-risk conditions on a grant if the 
applicant or grantee is not financially stable; has a history of 
unsatisfactory performance; has a financial or other management system 
that does not meet the standards in 2 CFR part 200, subpart D; has not 
fulfilled the conditions of a prior grant; or is otherwise not 
    4. Integrity and Performance System: If you are selected under this 
competition to receive an award that over the course of the project 
period may exceed the simplified acquisition threshold (currently 
$250,000), under 2 CFR 200.205(a)(2) we must make a judgment about your 
integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under Federal 
awards--that is, the risk posed by you as an applicant--before we make 
an award. In doing so, we must consider any information about you that 
is in the integrity and performance system (currently referred to as 
the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System 
(FAPIIS)), accessible through the System for Award Management. You may 
review and comment on any information about yourself that a Federal 
agency previously entered and that is currently in FAPIIS.
    Please note that, if the total value of your currently active 
grants, cooperative agreements, and procurement contracts from the 
Federal Government exceeds $10,000,000, the reporting requirements in 2 
CFR part 200, Appendix XII, require you to report certain integrity 
information to FAPIIS semiannually. Please review the requirements in 2 
CFR part 200, Appendix XII, if this grant plus all the other Federal 
funds you receive exceed $10,000,000.

VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your 
U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award 
Notification (GAN); or we may send you an email containing a link to 
access an electronic version of your GAN. We may notify you informally, 
    If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, 
we notify you.
    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify 
administrative and national policy requirements in the application 
package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable 
Regulations section of this notice.
    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of 
an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and 
include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also 
incorporates your approved application as part of your binding 
commitments under the grant.
    3. Open Licensing Requirements: Unless an exception applies, if you 
are awarded a grant under this competition, you will be required to 
openly license to the public grant deliverables created in whole, or in 
part, with Department grant funds. When the deliverable consists of 
modifications to pre-existing works, the license extends only to those 
modifications that can be separately identified and only to the extent 
that open licensing is permitted under the terms of any licenses or 
other legal restrictions on the use of pre-existing works. 
Additionally, a grantee or subgrantee that is awarded competitive grant 
funds must have a plan to disseminate these public grant deliverables. 
This dissemination plan can be developed and submitted after your 
application has been reviewed and selected for funding. For additional 
information on the open licensing requirements please refer to 2 CFR 
    4. Reporting: (a) If you apply for a grant under this competition, 
you must ensure that you have in place the necessary processes and 
systems to comply with the reporting requirements in 2 CFR part 170 
should you receive funding under the competition. This does not apply 
if you have an exception under 2 CFR 170.110(b).
    (b) At the end of your project period, you must submit a final 
performance report, including financial information, as directed by the 
Secretary. If you receive a multiyear award, you must submit an annual 
performance report that provides the most current performance and 
financial expenditure

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information as directed by the Secretary under 34 CFR 75.118. The 
Secretary may also require more frequent performance reports under 34 
CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements on reporting, please go to 
    5. Performance Measures: To evaluate the overall success of this 
program, the Department has established three performance measures that 
assess progress toward our strategic goal of ensuring that data are 
available to inform education decisions by supporting States' 
development and implementation of statewide longitudinal data systems. 
The Department measures: (1) The number of States that link K-12 data 
with early childhood data; (2) the number of States that link K-12 data 
with postsecondary data; and (3) the number of States that link K-12 
and postsecondary data with workforce data. In addition, grantees will 
be expected to report in their annual and final performance reports on 
their progress in achieving the project objectives proposed in their 
grant applications and on the status of their development and 
implementation of a statewide longitudinal data system.
    6. Continuation Awards: In making a continuation award under 34 CFR 
75.253, the Secretary considers, among other things: Whether a grantee 
has made substantial progress in achieving the goals and objectives of 
the project; whether the grantee has expended funds in a manner that is 
consistent with its approved application and budget; and, if the 
Secretary has established performance measurement requirements, the 
performance targets in the grantee's approved application.
    In making a continuation award, the Secretary also considers 
whether the grantee is operating in compliance with the assurances in 
its approved application, including those applicable to Federal civil 
rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities 
receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department (34 CFR 
100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).

VII. Other Information

    Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this 
document and a copy of the application package in an accessible format 
(e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) on request to 
the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
    Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this 
document is the document published in the Federal Register. You may 
access the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of 
Federal Regulations at www.govinfo.gov. At this site you can view this 
document, as well as all other documents of this Department published 
in the Federal Register, in text or Portable Document Format (PDF). To 
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    You may also access documents of the Department published in the 
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by the Department.

Mark Schneider,
Director, Institute of Education Sciences.
[FR Doc. 2019-13038 Filed 6-18-19; 8:45 am]