This $4.2 million program aims to increase the capacity of states to design, conduct, and procure high-quality evaluations of educational technology. To do so, this competition supports grants to states to: (1) Build their capacity to conduct scientifically based evaluations of educational technology interventions, by planning and conducting an experimental or quasi-experimental evaluation of a State-selected educational technology initiative; and (2) widely disseminate pertinent information, based on what is learned about the evaluation methods, practices, analyses, and instruments used, that will help other States enhance their ability to conduct similar empirical evaluations. States receiving awards will: (1) Develop a plan to conduct a scientifically based evaluation of an educational intervention that uses technology applications as a tool to increase student achievement in one or more core academic subjects. (2) Conduct the evaluation in a manner that tests the impact of the intervention as well as the efficacy of the empirical methods, practices, and instruments used to assess the impact of the intervention on student achievement. (3) Disseminate information about the evaluation plan, its implementation, and the results to other States and to school districts so they may learn from and replicate the approach. The U.S. Department of Education expects to award 6 to 9 grants ranging from $300,000 to $650,000 per annum. Any application that proposes a budget beyond $650,000 for any of the three 12-month budget periods will be rejected.

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