[Federal Register: October 20, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 204)]
[Page 63065-63066]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

AGENCY: Department of Education

SUMMARY: The Leader, Regulatory Information Management Group, Office

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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 
December 19, 2000.

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 Leader, Regulatory Information 
Management Group, Office of the Chief Information Officer, publishes 
that 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.
    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: October 16, 2000.
John Tressler,
Leader, Regulatory Information Management, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

    Type of Review: New collection.
    Title: Reading Excellence Act (REA) State-District-School Study 
    Frequency: Semi-Annually; Annually.
    Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs 
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
    Responses: 2,788
    Burden Hours: 8,592.
    Abstract: REA provides competitive reading and literacy grants to 
state education agencies to help high-proverty schools and those in 
Title I improvement status to: (1) Teach every child to read by the end 
of the third grade; (2) provide children in early childhood with the 
readiness skills and support they need to learn to read once they enter 
school; (3) expand the number of high-quality family literacy programs; 
(4) provide early intervention to children who are at risk of being 
identified for special education inappropriately; and (5) base 
instruction, including tutoring, on scientifically-based reading 
research. The first cohort of 17 states was funded in the summer of 
1999. The REA State-District-School Study fulfills the states' 
performance reporting requirements.
    In addition, the study will: (1) Collect and analyze demographic 
and descriptive information on REA states, districts and schools in 
order to provide a contextual backdrop and sampling for two national 
evaluations--the School and Classroom Implementation and Impact (SCII) 
study and the Children's Reading Gains (Gains) study; (2) compare 
eligible but not funded with funded districts and schools; (3) augment 
the agency's REA monitoring within each State Education Agency (SEA), 
Local Education Agency (LEA), and school; (4) track performance over 
time; (5) inform the states' development of indicators of program 
quality; and (6) provide data for the National Institute for Literacy's 
effort to disseminate information on effective subgrantee projects.
    Requests for copies of the proposed information collection request 
may be accessed from http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://edicsweb.ed.gov, or should be addressed to 
Vivian Reese, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Room 
4050, Regional Office Building 3, Washington, DC 20202-4651. Requests 
may also be electronically mailed to the internet address 
OCIO_IMG_Issues@ed.gov or faxed to 202-708-9346. Please specify the 
complete title of the information collection when making your request.
    Comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity 
requirements should be directed to Kathy Axt at her internet address 
Kathy_Axt@ed.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for 
the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 

[FR Doc. 00-26986 Filed 10-19-00; 8:45 am]