Section Summary




``(a) Application Requirements.--An eligible entity desiring a grant

under this subpart for activities described in this section shall submit

an application to the Secretary at such time and in such manner as the

Secretary may require, including, at a minimum, all of the following:

``(1) A plan to significantly improve the academic outcomes

of children living in a neighborhood that is served by the

eligible entity--

``(A) by providing pipeline services that address

the needs of children in the neighborhood, as identified

by the needs analysis described in paragraph (4); and

``(B) that is supported by effective practices.

``(2) A description of the neighborhood that the eligible

entity will serve.

``(3) Measurable annual objectives and outcomes for the

grant, in accordance with the metrics described in subsection

(h), for each year of the grant.

``(4) An analysis of the needs and assets of the

neighborhood identified in paragraph (1), including--

``(A) the size and scope of the population affected;

``(B) a description of the process through which the

needs analysis was produced, including a description of

how parents, families, and community members were

engaged in such analysis;

``(C) an analysis of community assets and

collaborative efforts (including programs already

provided from Federal and non-Federal sources) within,

or accessible to, the neighborhood, including, at a

minimum, early learning opportunities, family and

student supports, local businesses, local educational

agencies, and institutions of higher education;

``(D) the steps that the eligible entity is taking,

at the time of the application, to address the needs

identified in the needs analysis; and

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``(E) any barriers the eligible entity, public

agencies, and other community-based organizations have

faced in meeting such needs.

``(5) A description of--

``(A) all information that the entity used to

identify the pipeline services to be provided, which

shall not include information that is more than 3 years

old; and

``(B) how the eligible entity will--

``(i) collect data on children served by each

pipeline service; and

``(ii) increase the percentage of children

served over time.

``(6) A description of the process used to develop the

application, including the involvement of family and community


``(7) A description of how the pipeline services will

facilitate the coordination of the following activities:

``(A) Providing early learning opportunities for

children, including by--

``(i) providing opportunities for families to

acquire the skills to promote early learning and

child development; and

``(ii) ensuring appropriate diagnostic

assessments and referrals for children with

disabilities and children aged 3 through 9

experiencing developmental delays, consistent with

the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

(20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.), where applicable.

``(B) Supporting, enhancing, operating, or expanding

rigorous, comprehensive, effective educational

improvements, which may include high-quality academic

programs, expanded learning time, and programs and

activities to prepare students for postsecondary

education admissions and success.

``(C) Supporting partnerships between schools and

other community resources with an integrated focus on

academics and other social, health, and familial


``(D) Providing social, health, nutrition, and

mental health services and supports, for children,

family members, and community members, which may include

services provided within the school building.

``(E) Supporting evidence-based programs that assist

students through school transitions, which may include

expanding access to postsecondary education courses and

postsecondary education enrollment aid or guidance, and

other supports for at-risk youth.

``(8) A description of the strategies that will be used to

provide pipeline services (including a description of which

programs and services will be provided to children, family

members, community members, and children within the

neighborhood) to support the purpose described in section


``(9) An explanation of the process the eligible entity will

use to establish and maintain family and community engagement,


``(A) involving representative participation by the

members of such neighborhood in the planning and

implementation of the activities of each grant awarded

under this subpart for activities described in this


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``(B) the provision of strategies and practices to

assist family and community members in actively

supporting student achievement and child development;

``(C) providing services for students, families, and

communities within the school building; and

``(D) collaboration with institutions of higher

education, workforce development centers, and employers

to align expectations and programming with postsecondary

education and workforce readiness,

``(10) An explanation of how the eligible entity will

continuously evaluate and improve the continuum of high-quality

pipeline services to provide for continuous program improvement

and potential expansion.

``(b) Priority.--In awarding grants for activities described in this

section, the Secretary shall give priority to eligible entities that

will use funds under subsection (d) for evidence-based activities,

which, for purposes of this subsection, is defined as activities meeting

the requirements of section 8101(21)(A)(i).

``(c) Memorandum of Understanding.--As eligible entity shall, as

part of the application described in subsection (a), submit a

preliminary memorandum of understanding, signed by each partner entity

or agency described in section 4622(1)(A)(3) (if applicable) and

detailing each partner's financial, programmatic, and long-term

commitment with respect to the strategies described in the application.

``(d) Uses of Funds.--Each eligible entity that receives a grant

under this subpart to carry out a program of activities described in

this section shall use the grant funds to--

``(1) support planning activities to develop and implement

pipeline services;

``(2) implement the pipeline services; and

``(3) continuously evaluate the success of the program and

improve the program based on data and outcomes.

``(e) Special Rules.--

``(1) Funds for pipeline services.--Each eligible entity

that receives a grant under this subpart for activities

described in this section shall, for the first year of the

grant, use not less than 50 percent of the grant funds, and, for

the second year of the grant, use not less than 25 percent of

the grant funds, to carry out the activities described in

subsection (d)(1).

``(2) Operational flexibility.--Each eligible entity that

operates a school in a neighborhood served by a grant program

under this subpart for activities described in this section

shall provide such school with the operational flexibility,

including autonomy over staff, time, and budget, needed to

effectively carry out the activities described in the

application under subsection (a).

``(3) Limitation on use of funds for early childhood

education programs.--Funds provided under this subpart for

activities described in this section that are used to improve

early childhood education programs shall not be used to carry

out any of the following activities:

``(A) Assessments that provide rewards or sanctions

for individual children or teachers.

``(B) A single assessment that is used as the

primary or sole method for assessing program


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``(C) Evaluating children, other than for the

purposes of improving instruction, classroom

environment, professional development, or parent and

family engagement, or program improvement.

``(f) Report.--Each eligible entity that receives a grant under this

subpart for activities described in this section shall prepare and

submit an annual report to the Secretary, which shall include--

``(1) information about the number and percentage of

children in the neighborhood who are served by the grant

program, including a description of the number and percentage of

children accessing each support or service offered as part of

the pipeline services; and

``(2) information relating to the performance metrics

described in subsection (h).

``(g) Publicly Available Data.--Each eligible entity that receives a

grant under this subpart for activities described in this section shall

make publicly available, including through electronic means, the

information described in subsection (f). To the extent practicable, such

information shall be provided in a form and language accessible to

parents and families in the neighborhood served under the grant, and

such information shall be a part of statewide longitudinal data systems.

``(h) Performance Indicators.--

``(1) In general.--The Secretary shall establish performance

indicators under paragraph (2) and corresponding metrics to be

used for the purpose of reporting under paragraph (3) and

program evaluation under subsection (i).

``(2) Indicators.--The performance indicators established by

the Secretary under paragraph (1) shall be indicators of

improved academic and developmental outcomes for children,

including indicators of school readiness, high school

graduation, postsecondary education and career readiness, and

other academic and developmental outcomes, to promote--

``(A) data-driven decision-making by eligible

entities receiving funds under this subpart; and

``(B) access to a community-based continuum of high-

quality services for children living in the most

distressed communities of the United States, beginning

at birth.

``(3) Reporting.--Each eligible entity that receives a grant

under this subpart for activities described in this section

shall annually collect and report to the Secretary data on the

performance indicators described in paragraph (2) for use by the

Secretary in making a determination concerning continuation

funding and grant extension under section 4623(b) for each

eligible entity.

``(i) Evaluation.--The Secretary shall reserve not more than 5

percent of the funds made available under section 4601(b)(2)(A) to

provide technical assistance and evaluate the implementation and impact

of the activities funded under this section, in accordance with section



 Previously not included in NCLB.