[Federal Register: November 14, 1997 (Volume 62, Number 220)]
[Page 61099]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request.


SUMMARY: The Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer, invites comments on the proposed information 
collection requests as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
January 13, 1998.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and requests for copies of the proposed 
information collection requests should be addressed to Patrick J. 
Sherrill, Department of Education, 600 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 
5624, Regional Office Building 3, Washington, DC 20202-4651.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrick J. Sherrill (202) 708-8196. 
Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may 
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 
between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requires that the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) provide interested Federal agencies and the public an 
early opportunity to comment on information collection requests. OMB 
may amend or waive the requirement for public consultation to the 
extent that public participation in the approval process would defeat 
the purpose of the information collection, violate State or Federal 
law, or substantially interfere with any agency's ability to perform 
its statutory obligations. The Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office 
of the Chief Information Officer, publishes this notice containing 
proposed information collection requests prior to submission of these 
requests to OMB. Each proposed information collection, grouped by 
office, contains the following: (1) Type of review requested, e.g., 
new, revision, extension, existing or reinstatement; (2) Title; (3) 
Summary of the collection; (4) Description of the need for, and 
proposed use of, the information; (5) Respondents and frequency of 
collection; and (6) Reporting and/or Recordkeeping burden. OMB invites 
public comment at the address specified above. Copies of the requests 
are available from Patrick J. Sherrill at the address specified above.
    The Department of Education is especially interested in public 
comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection 
necessary to the proper functions of the Department, (2) will this 
information be processed and used in a timely manner, (3) is the 
estimate of burden accurate, (4) how might the Department enhance the 
quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected, and 
(5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on 
the respondents, including through the use of information technology.

    Dated: November 7, 1997.
Gloria Parker,
Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of the Chief Information 

Office of Educational Research and Improvement

    Type of Review: New.
    Title: 1998 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 
Writing Special Study.
    Frequency: One Time.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Reporting Burden and Recordkeeping:

    Responses: 6,200
    Burden Hours: 2,200

    Abstract: The 1998 NAEP writing special study is designed to 
bolster the understanding of study NAEP writing achievement with 
information on student's best writing assignments, and the writing 
process. In addition, the study will collect information about 
teachers' emphasis on writing curriculum and instructional approaches. 
The study will be conducted with a sample of 6000 (4th and 8th grade) 
students and 200 teachers. The study will use a structured protocol to 
obtain more detailed and valid information about classroom 
instructional practices than a standard background questionnaire. 
Students will be asked to select three examples of their best writing 
and to fill out a brief questionnaire describing the samples of writing 
that they submit.

Office of the Under Secretary

    Type of Review: New.
    Title: Targeting and Resource Allocation Study.
    Frequency: One time.
    Affected Public: State education agencies, school districts and 
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
    Responses: 6,097
    Burden Hours: 6,000
    Abstract: This study will examine targeting and resource allocation 
in major federal education programs, including Title I, Title II 
(Eisenhower Professional Development), Title IV (Safe and Drug-Free 
Schools and Communities), Title VI, and Goals 2000. The study will 
examine how resources are allocated among various strategies for 
improving student achievement, how the use of resources varies across 
schools and districts (e.g., by school poverty levels and size of 
allocation), and changes in the targeting of funds since the 
reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 
1994. The study will examine the extent to which funds are being used 
for strategies highlighted in Goals 2000 and the reauthorized 
Elementary and Secondary Education Act, including professional 
development, extended time, parent involvement, coordinated services, 
and schoolwide approaches. The study will obtain information on the 
kinds of expenditures, staff, and activities typically associated with 
different strategies; and how resource allocation decisions are made. 
The study will also examine the amount of federal funds retained at the 
state and district levels for administrative and other purposes, how 
those funds are used, and how much of the funds reach the school level.

[FR Doc. 97-29959 Filed 11-13-97; 8:45 am]