[Federal Register: June 17, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 116)]
[Page 33056-33057]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

AGENCY: Department of Education.

SUMMARY: The Acting 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 
August 17, 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 Acting 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: June 11, 1988.
Hazel Fiers,
Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.

Office of Educational Research and Improvement

    Type of Review: Reinstatement.
    Title: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 1998-1999 
Field Test, Long-term Trend Assessment, and 1999-2000 Full Scale.
    Frequency: Every two years.
    Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions; State, local or 
Tribal Gov't; SEAs or LEAs.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden; Responses: 45,150. Burden 
Hours: 39,130.
    Abstract: The National Assessment of Educational Progress is 
mandated by 1994 legislation. The surveys and assessments allow NAEP to 
describe the educational attainment of students in grades 4, 8 and 12. 
Each assessment is designed to obtain comprehensive data on the 
knowledge, skills, concepts, understandings, and attitudes possessed by 
American students. This assessment will cover the subjects of math, 
reading, and science. The field test contains new cognitive items, and 
new and revised background questions to be field tested in mathematics 
and science. Cognitive items only will be field tested in reading. The 
field test is necessary to make certain that all of the materials for 
the 2000 NAEP are of high quality and meet rigorous content and 
psychometric standards. Also requested for clearance

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is the 1998-1999 long-term trend assessment for mathematics, science, 
reading, and writing which is identical to those used previously in 
1986, 1990, 1992, 1994, and 1996.

Office of Management

    Type of Review: Reinstatement.
    Title: Waiver Guidance for Waivers Available Under Goals 2000, 
Elementary and Secondary Education Act and School-to-Work.
    Frequency: One time.
    Affected Public: State, local or Tribal Gov't; SEAs or LEAs.
    Reporting and Recordingkeeping Hour Burden: Responses: 100; Burden 
Hours: 2,000.
    Abstract: The information collection is necessary to provide 
guidance to schools, local educational agencies, and state educational 
agencies, on submission of requests for waivers of statutory and 
regulatory requirements.

[FR Doc. 98-16029 Filed 6-16-98; 8:45 am]