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SAT and ACT Preparation Expansion Grant 2019-20

Grants to Washington, DC Test Preparation Companies
to Develop and Implement Test Prep Programs

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DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) - Division of Postsecondary and Career Education

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06/14/19 3:00 PM EDT


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Grants to Washington, DC test prep companies for professional development and test preparation programs for high school students preparing for the SAT and ACT tests. Funding is intended for the development of high-quality programs that will help students achieve success on the SAT and ACT tests.

The goal of the SAT and ACT Preparation Expansion Grant is to increase the number of District high school students receiving high-quality test preparation services. Additionally, OSSE seeks to offer LEAs and test preparation companies the opportunity to build and customize SAT and ACT program approaches that fit individual student needs.

The grant will be disbursed in two phases:
- The first phase of the grant program will provide fiscal year 2019 (FY19) funding for professional development, planning, and programs. OSSE has available a total of $36,000 for professional development, planning, and programs (starting Aug. 1, 2019).
- The second phase of the grant program will provide fiscal year 2020 (FY20) funding for SAT and ACT test preparation programs. OSSE has available a total of $364,000 in funding for the implementation of SAT and ACT test preparation programs (starting Oct. 1, 2019).

Funding provided by the grant may cover one or more of these expenses:
- Cost of professional development;
- Cost of ongoing training and support;
- Cost of technical assistance;
- Preparation books, materials, and practice exams;
- Teacher or instructor stipends.

Proposed programs must meet the following requirements in order to be considered eligible for funding:

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GrantWatch ID#: 174056

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Each awarded test preparation company/LEA partnership will receive no more than $125 per student total across both fiscal years.

Term of Contract:

The grant will be disbursed in two phases. The first phase of the grant program will take place Aug. 1 – Sept. 30, 2019. The second phase of the grant program will take place Oct. 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications must be submitted by a test preparation company, in partnership with a local education agency (LEA) within the District of Columbia. Note that a local education agency is defined as a public education agency which provides administrative authority, control, or direction of public elementary and public secondary schools. LEAs may consist of one school or multiple schools. Application partnerships may only consist of test preparation companies and LEAs. If the test preparation company is partnering with a District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) campus, DCPS Central Office staff must approve all of the partnership details.

Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Test preparation company must have created and designed its own SAT and ACT test preparation curriculum.
- Test preparation company must be in good financial standing with the District of Columbia, per the Clean Hands Law.
- Test preparation company must have demonstrated success or experience urban areas and/or school districts.

Pre-proposal Conference:

OSSE will be holding an information session on Friday, May 10, 2019; 1-3:30 p.m. to answer questions about the RFA and grant competition. To RSVP, please email Nicoisa Jones no later than Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

Pre-Application Information:

- April 12, 2019: Release of Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)
- May 3, 2019: Application Open in EGMS
- May 10, 2019: Application Information Session
- June 14, 2019: Application Closed – all submissions due in EGMS by 3 p.m. EDT
- July 25, 2019: Grant Award Notification (GAN)
- Aug. – Sept. 2019: Professional development, planning, and implementation begins (FY19)
- Sept. 30, 2019: PD and Planning Report due
- Oct. 1, 2019: Program implementation begins (FY20)
- February 15, 2020: Mid-Year Report due
- 30 days after end of program: Final Report due

Please email questions regarding this grant to Nicoisa Jones by Wednesday, May 29, 2019. All answers will be published on this website by Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

All applications are due to OSSE by June 14, 2019, no later than 3:00 PM EDT.

Applicants will be expected to submit program proposals for both phases of the grant in the same application.

All applicants must provide an Employer Identification Number (EIN), System for Award Management (SAM) expiration date, copy of SAM registration, Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number and organizational contact information.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Nicoisa Jones
Postsecondary and Career Education
1050 First Street NE, Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 549-6646

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USA: Washington, DC