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PUBLIC LAW 102-103—AUG. 17, 1991 105 STAT. 503 "(A) increasing the number of students, schools or school districts served by the courses of instruction assisted under this title in previous fiscal years; "(B) providing new courses of instruction; or "(C) serving new populations of underserved individuals, such as children or adults who are disadvantaged, have limited-English proficiency, are disabled, are illiterate, lack high school diplomas or their equivalent. "(b) SPECIAL RULES.— Grant funds received pursuant to the application of subsection (a) shall be used to supplement and not supplant services provided by the recipient under this title in previous fiscal years. "EVALUATION "SEC. 908. (a) IN GENERAL. —From amounts appropriated pursuant 20 USC 4085b. to the authority of section 903(b), the Secretary shall reserve the greater of not more than $500,000 or 5 percent of such appropriations to conduct an independent evaluation by grant, contract or cooperative agreement, of the Star Schools Assistance Program. "(b) REPORT.— The Secretary shall prepare and submit an interim report on the evaluation described in subsection (a) not later than January 1, 1993 and shall prepare and submit a final report on such evaluation not later than June 1, 1993. "(c) EVALUATION.—Such evaluation shall include— "(1) a review of the effectiveness of telecommunications partnerships and programs after Federal funding ceases; "(2) an analysis of non-Federal funding sources, including funds leveraged by Star Schools funds and the permanency of such funding; "(3) an analysis of how Star Schools grantees spend funds appropriated under this Act; "(4) a review of the subject matter, content effectiveness, and success of distance learning through Star Schools program funds, including an in-depth study of student learning outcomes as measured against stated course objectives of distance learning courses offered by Star Schools grantees; "(5) a comprehensive review of in-service teacher training programs through Star Schools programming, including the number of teachers trained, time spent in training programs, and a comparison of the effectiveness of such training and conventional teacher training programs; "(6) an analysis of Star School projects that focus on teacher certification and other requirements and the resulting effect on the delivery of instructional programming; "(7) the effects of distance learning on curricula and staffing patterns at participating schools; "(8) the number of students participating in the Star Schools program and an analysis of the socioeconomic characteristics of students participating in Star Schools programs, including a review of the differences and effectiveness of programming and services provided to economically and educationally disadvantaged and minority students; "(9) an analysis of the socioeconomic and geographic characteristics of schools participating in Star Schools projects, including a review of the variety of programming provided to different schools; and