March 5, 2004

In this Issue:

  1. Personnel Preparation to Improve Services & Results for Children with Disabilities
      Source: Federal Register: March 3, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 42)
  2. Demonstration Grants for Indian Children
      Source: Federal Register: March 2, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 41)
  3. Additional Guidance Offered to States to Help Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
      Source: www.ed.gov - March 2, 2004

1. Personnel Preparation to Improve Services & Results for Children with Disabilities

Source: Federal Register: March 3, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 42)

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Overview Information; Personnel Preparation To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2004

Purpose of Program: The purposes of this program are to (1) help address State-identified needs for qualified personnel -- in special education, related services, early intervention, & regular education -- to work with children with disabilities; & (2) ensure that those personnel have the skills & knowledge -- derived from practices that have been determined through research & experience to be successful -- that are needed to serve those children.

84.325A -- Preparation of Special Education, Related Services, & Early Intervention Personnel to Serve Infants, Toddlers, & Children with Low-Incidence Disabilities Applications Available: March 4, 2004 Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 15, 2004

84.325D -- Preparation of Leadership Personnel Applications Available: March 4, 2004 Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 8, 2004

84.325E -- Preparation of Personnel in Minority Institutions Applications Available: March 4, 2004 Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 8, 2004

84.325H -- Improving the Preparation of Personnel to Serve Children with High-Incidence Disabilities Applications Available: March 4, 2004 Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 1, 2004

Additional Information: Applicable regulations, priorities, & other information are online at: http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2004-1/030304g.html

2. Demonstration Grants for Indian Children

Source: Federal Register: March 2, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 41)

Office of Indian Education, Overview Information; Demonstration Grants for Indian Children; Notice Inviting Applications for New Discretionary Program Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2004

Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Demonstration Grants for Indian Children program is to provide financial assistance to projects to develop, test, & demonstrate the effectiveness of services & programs to improve the educational opportunities & achievement of preschool, elementary, & secondary Indian students. To meet the purposes of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, this program will focus project services on increasing school readiness skills of three- & four-year-old American Indian & Alaska Native children; & enabling American Indian & Alaska Native high school graduates to transition successfully to postsecondary education by increasing their competency & skills in challenging subject matter, including mathematics & science.

Applications Available: March 3, 2004.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 2, 2004.
Additional Information: Applicable regulations, priorities, & other information are online at: http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2004-1/030204a.html

3. Additional Guidance Offered to States to Help Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Source: www.ed.gov - March 2, 2004

The U.S. Department of Education today provided states with additional guidance to help them meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The policy guidance outlines the means by which states can seek an exemption to the 1 percent cap on the number of proficient scores from alternate assessments that may be included in calculations for determining adequate yearly progress (AYP) under the new law...

To exceed the exemption cap, states must provide the following information, including:
* An explanation of circumstances that result in more than 1 percent of all students statewide having the most significant cognitive disabilities and who are achieving a proficient score on alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards;
* Data showing the incidence rate of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities; and
* Information showing how the state has implemented alternate achievement standards.

For more information go to http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2004/03/03022004.html