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Teaching American History RFP 2011 – TAH Evaluation Is Key
The long awaited Teaching American History (TAH) program RFP has been published today, and evaluation is an even more significant part of the grant application than it has been in the past.  Read it here.

The quality of the evaluation counts for 25 points of the total score of your proposal.  Just like last year, your grant proposal will first be scored on overall project quality (35 points), quality of the project design (35 points), need for the project (20 points) and the quality of the management plan (10 points).  If you score high high enough in these areas, your application will then be scored by another set of reviewers on the evaluation plan.  The quality of the project evaluation plan (25 points) can thus make or break your Teaching American History proposal.

Further, consider two of the four new competitive preference priorities.  Priority 2 gives up to three additional points for improving achievement and high school graduation rates” and priority 3 gives up to three additional points for “enabling more data-based decision-making.”  Addressing both these priorities will require a rigorously designed and well implemented evaluation plan.

We will be breaking down the RFP in future posts with tips and commentary in the coming days, so check back soon.  Also, save the date: the ED TAH staff will hold two pre-application meetings on March 11 in Washington, D.C. at the Department of Education.

As always, never hesitate to contact us concerning your evaluation needs. Call us at (570) 744-1618 or email

As a special service to Teaching American History grant clients, we will consult with you and even assist in designing and writing the evaluation portion of your Teaching American History grant application free of charge.  The clock is ticking: call us today to get started!

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