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[121 STAT. 1437]
[121 STAT. 1437]
PUBLIC LAW 110-000—MMMM. DD, 2007

PUBLIC LAW 110–134—DEC. 12, 2007

121 STAT. 1437

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provided to limited English proficient children and their families. ‘‘(i) RESEARCH AND EVALUATION ACTIVITIES RELEVANT TO DIVERSE COMMUNITIES.—For purposes of conducting the study described in subsection (h), activities described in section 640(l)(5)(A), and other research and evaluation activities relevant to limited English proficient children and their families, migrant and seasonal farmworker families, and other families from diverse populations served by Head Start programs, the Secretary shall award, on a competitive basis, funds from amounts made available under section 640(a)(2)(D) to 1 or more organizations with a demonstrated capacity for serving and studying the populations involved. ‘‘(j) REVIEW OF ASSESSMENTS.— ‘‘(1) APPLICATION OF STUDY.—When the study on Developmental Outcomes and Assessments for Young Children by the National Academy of Sciences is made available to the Secretary, the Secretary shall— ‘‘(A) integrate the results of the study, as appropriate and in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3), into each assessment used in Head Start programs; and ‘‘(B) use the results of the study to develop, inform, and revise as appropriate the standards and measures described in section 641A, consistent with section 641A(a)(2)(C)(ii). ‘‘(2) INFORM AND REVISE.—In informing and revising any assessment used in the Head Start programs, the Secretary shall— ‘‘(A) receive recommendations from the Panel on Developmental Outcomes and Assessments for Young Children of the National Academy of Sciences; and ‘‘(B) with respect to the development or refinement of such assessment, ensure— ‘‘(i) consistency with relevant, nationally recognized professional and technical standards; ‘‘(ii) validity and reliability for all purposes for which assessments under this subchapter are designed and used; ‘‘(iii) developmental and linguistic appropriateness of such assessments for children assessed, including children who are limited English proficient; and ‘‘(iv) that the results can be used to improve the quality of, accountability of, and training and technical assistance in, Head Start programs. ‘‘(3) ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS.—The Secretary, in carrying out the process described in paragraph (2), shall ensure that— ‘‘(A) staff administering any assessments under this subchapter have received appropriate training to administer such assessments; ‘‘(B) appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities and children who are limited English proficient are made; ‘‘(C) the English and Spanish (and any other language, as appropriate) forms of such assessments are valid and reliable in the languages in which they are administered; and

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