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TEA requesting applications for RFA #701-12-102
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RFA ~ Eligible Applicants
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is requesting applications for the Online College and Career Preparation Technical Assistance Program grant, Cycle 2, from school districts and open-enrollment charter schools in Texas on behalf of campuses that meet the following criteria:

  1. the campus must serve students in Grades 9-12; 
  2. the campus must be evaluated under standard procedures in the state accountability system; 
  3. the percentage of campus student population identified as at-risk is greater than or equal to 75%; 
  4. the percentage of campus student population identified as economically disadvantaged is greater than or equal to 60%;
  5. the campus serves no fewer than 100 students; or (6) the campus participated in the Online College Preparation Assistance Pilot Program starting March 15, 2010, and ending August 31, 2011.

A list of eligible campuses and funding amount will be made available. The list of eligible campuses was established using 2010-2011 data from the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS). (Campuses that are participating in the Online College and Career Preparation Technical Assistance Program grant, Cycle 1, that began on March 1, 2011, and ends on August 31, 2012, are not eligible for participation in this grant program.)

Note: A separate grant application must be submitted for each eligible campus that chooses to participate in the grant program. Also, applications must be submitted by the deadline to be eligible for consideration for funding.

Purpose of Program
This purpose of this competitive RFA is to solicit applications from districts with an eligible campus to contract with a TEA-approved service provider to implement an online college and career preparation program. The Online College and Career Preparation Technical Assistance Program, Cycle 2 will be designed to assist students in grades 9-12 in preparing for postsecondary success. A second purpose is to provide TEA with evaluation data on best/promising practices related to increasing postsecondary success for Texas high school students.

The program will provide robust, engaging, and informative college and career assistance to students, parents, counselors, and teachers through an online program. Campus-wide use of the program will foster a college-going culture and increase transition to successful postsecondary college and career experiences for participating students.

Project Funding
A total of $3,000,000 is available for funding the Online College and Career Preparation Technical Assistance Program, Cycle 2 grants during the March 15, 2012 through May 31, 2014 project period. Funding will be provided for approximately 30-40 projects. The maximum award per campus is $75,000 per year for each of the two years. This project is 100% state funded.

Project Period
The grant will be implemented during the 2011-2012, 2012-2013, and 2013-2014 school years. Applicants should plan for a starting date of no earlier than March 15, 2012, and an ending date of no later than May 31, 2014.

Selection Criteria
Applications will be selected based on the independent reviewers' assessment of each applicant's ability to carry out all requirements contained in the RFA. Reviewers will evaluate applications based on the overall quality and validity of the proposed grant programs and the extent to which the applications address the primary objectives and intent of the project. Applications must address each requirement as specified in the RFA to be considered for funding. Only applications that receive at least 70 percent of Review Criteria points established by TEA will be considered for funding.

How to Apply
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