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Proficiency-based Outcomes for Languages Other Than English

Grants to Massachusetts School Districts
to Support Language and Literacy Programs

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

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05/21/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to Massachusetts school districts for programs and projects that teach foreign languages and English as a second language. Funding is intended to support pre-K, elementary school, and high school programs that offer literacy and language studies to students. The focus of this grant is to support the implementation of data-driven, proficiency-based English Language Learner (ELL), World Language (WL), and Heritage Language (HL) programs centered around the new Massachusetts World Languages Curriculum Framework, and in support of the Seal of Biliteracy program.

The grant has two distinct goals and districts may apply for funding to fulfill either one or both of the goals:

  • Goal 1: Collect and analyze data pertaining to proficiency in languages other than English (LOTE) to improve World Languages, Heritage Languages, and English Learner programs.
  • Goal 2: Support educators to teach for proficiency in LOTE by aligning to the proficiency-based standards and high-leverage teaching practices described in the 2021 Massachusetts World Languages Curriculum Framework.

The intended outcomes for Goal 1 are as follows:

  • Districts implement and collect data from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL), ACTFL Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA), and/or Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP) assessments.
  • Districts participate in ongoing data-based discussions to prepare students for high levels of proficiency.
  • Districts participate in the MA State Seal of Biliteracy program.

The intended outcomes for Goal 2 are as follows:

  1. Districts improve programs by providing access to external, proficiency-based professional development for educators who teach and/or oversee the teaching of LOTE to support teachers to:
    • Focus Area 1: Understand and identify the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language's (ACTFL) proficiency levels, and/or
    • Focus Area 2: Use the target/partner language (TL) and facilitate student use of the TL 90% of the time or more, and/or
    • Focus Area 3: Leverage diverse and authentic texts from the TL culture for communication.
  2. Districts provide appropriate time and environment to engage in ongoing, reflective conversations about professional development experiences and aligning district curriculum to the 2021 Massachusetts World Languages Curriculum Framework.

For information about the priorities for Goals 1 and 2, see the URL for Full Text, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196032

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- Approximately $300,000 will be allocated for Goal 1.
- Approximately $200,000 will be allocated for Goal 2.

Term of Contract:

Summer FY2022: Upon Approval (no earlier than 7/1/2021) – 8/31/2021.

This grant program may have a continuation year in FY2022 (upon approval to June 30, 2022) subject to state budget appropriation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Massachusetts school districts may apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by Friday, May 21, 2021, at 5:00 PM.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications and direct questions to Diana Gentile at

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906
Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370

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Funding or Pin Number:

Fund Code: 189

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts

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