ED Publishes Secretary’s Final Supplemental Priorities and Definitions for Discretionary Grant Programs

The U.S. Department of Education today published a new set of Secretary’s Supplemental Grant Priorities and Definitions for use in discretionary grant competitions. These priorities replaced the priorities published in 2010 and 2014. The Secretary published 11 priorities, each with one or multiple subparts, and a series of definitions that can be used—alone or in combination with one another—in discretionary grant competitions beginning in Fiscal Year 2018. These priorities align with the vision set forth by the Secretary in support of high-quality educational opportunities in support of lifelong learning.

The priorities are:

  • Priority 1–Empowering Families and Individuals to Choose a High-Quality Education that Meets Their Unique Needs.
  • Priority 2–Promoting Innovation and Efficiency, Streamlining Education with an Increased Focus on Improving Student Outcomes, and Providing Increased Value to Students and Taxpayers.
  • Priority 3–Fostering Flexible and Affordable Paths to Obtaining Knowledge and Skills.
  • Priority 4–Fostering Knowledge and Promoting the Development of Skills that Prepare Students to be Informed, Thoughtful, and Productive Individuals and Citizens.
  • Priority 5–Meeting the Unique Needs of Students and Children with Disabilities and/or those with Unique Gifts and Talents.
  • Priority 6–Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) Education, With a Particular Focus on Computer Science.
  • Priority 7–Promoting Literacy.
  • Priority 8–Promoting Effective Instruction in Classrooms and Schools.
  • Priority 9–Promoting Economic Opportunity.
  • Priority 10–Protecting Freedom of Speech and Encouraging Respectful Interactions in a Safe Educational Environment.
  • Priority 11–Ensuring that Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families Have Access to High-Quality Educational.