20 U.S. Code § 6364 - Targeted assistance grants
(a) Eligibility criteria for awarding targeted assistance grants to States
Beginning with fiscal year 2004, from funds appropriated under section 6362 (b)(1)(E) of this title, the Secretary shall make grants, on a competitive basis, to those State educational agencies that—
(1) for each of 2 consecutive years, demonstrate that an increasing percentage of third graders in each of the groups described in section 6311 (b)(2)(C)(v)(II) of this title in the schools served by the local educational agencies receiving funds under section 6362 of this title are reaching the proficient level in reading; and
(2) for each of the same such consecutive 2 years, demonstrate that schools receiving funds under section 6362 of this title are improving the reading skills of students in grades 1, 2, and 3 based on screening, diagnostic, and classroom-based instructional reading assessments.
(b) Continuation of performance awards
For any State educational agency that receives a competitive grant under this section, the Secretary shall make an award for each of the succeeding years that the State educational agency demonstrates it is continuing to meet the criteria described in subsection (a) of this section.
(c) Distribution of targeted assistance grants
(1) In general
The Secretary shall make a grant to each State educational agency with an application approved under this section in an amount that bears the same relation to the amount made available to carry out this section for a fiscal year as the number of children counted under section 6333 (c) of this title for the State bears to the number of such children so counted for all States with applications approved for that year.
(2) Peer review
(3) Application contents
A State educational agency that desires to receive a grant under this section shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and accompanied by such information as the Secretary may require. Each such application shall include the following:
(A) Evidence that the State educational agency has carried out its obligations under section 6363 of this title.
(B) Evidence that the State educational agency has met the criteria described in subsection (a) of this section.
(C) The amount of funds requested by the State educational agency and a description of the criteria the State educational agency intends to use in distributing subgrants to eligible local educational agencies under this section to continue or expand activities under subsection (d)(5) of this section.
(D) Evidence that the State educational agency has increased significantly the percentage of students reading at grade level or above.
(d) Subgrants to eligible local educational agencies
(1) In general
The Secretary may make a grant to a State educational agency under this section only if the State educational agency agrees to expend 100 percent of the amount of the funds provided under the grant for the purpose of making competitive subgrants in accordance with this subsection to eligible local educational agencies.
A State educational agency receiving a grant under this section shall provide notice to all local educational agencies in the State of the availability of competitive subgrants under this subsection and of the requirements for applying for the subgrants.
To be eligible to receive a subgrant under this subsection, an eligible local educational agency shall submit an application to the State educational agency at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the State educational agency may reasonably require.
(A) In general
A State educational agency shall distribute subgrants under this section through a competitive process based on relative need of eligible local educational agencies and the evidence described in this paragraph.
(B) Evidence used in all years
For all fiscal years, a State educational agency shall distribute subgrants under this section based on evidence that an eligible local educational agency—
(iii) will work with other local educational agencies in the State that have not received a subgrant under this subsection to assist such nonreceiving agencies in increasing the reading achievement of students; and
(5) Local uses of funds
An eligible local educational agency that receives a subgrant under this subsection—
(A) shall use the funds provided under the subgrant to carry out the activities described in section 6362 (c)(7)(A) of this title; and
Source(Pub. L. 89–10, title I, § 1204, as added Pub. L. 107–110, title I, § 101,Jan. 8, 2002, 115 Stat. 1546.)
A prior section 6364,Pub. L. 89–10, title I, § 1204, as added Pub. L. 103–382, title I, § 101,Oct. 20, 1994, 108 Stat. 3580; amended Pub. L. 104–134, title I, § 101(b) [title II, § 2755(a)], Apr. 26, 1996, 110 Stat. 1321–77, 1321–151; renumbered title I, Pub. L. 104–140, § 1(a),May 2, 1996, 110 Stat. 1327; Pub. L. 106–113, div. B, § 1000(a)(4) [title III, § 306(a)], Nov. 29, 1999, 113 Stat. 1535, 1501A–260; Pub. L. 106–554, § 1(a)(4) [div. B, title XVI, § 1604(h)], Dec. 21, 2000, 114 Stat. 2763, 2763A–330, related to uses of funds in carrying out an Even Start program, prior to the general amendment of this subchapter by Pub. L. 107–110. See section 6381c of this title.
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