[Federal Register: December 20, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 245)]
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Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

AGENCY: Department of Education.

SUMMARY: The Leader, Regulatory Information Management Group, Office of 
the Chief Information Officer invites comments on the submission for 
OMB review as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
January 19, 2001.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be addressed to the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Lauren Wittenberg, 
Acting Desk Officer, Department of Education, Office of Management and 
Budget, 725 17th Street, NW., Room 10235, New Executive Office 
Building, Washington, DC 20503 or should be electronically mailed to 
the internet address Lauren_Wittenberg@omb.eop.gov.

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.

    Dated: December 14, 2000.
John Tressler,
Leader, Regulatory Information Management, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

    Type of Review: New.
    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: 1,623.
    Burden Hours: 8,592.
    Abstract: REA provides competitive reading and literacy grants to 
state education agencies (SEA) 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 SEA, local education agencies (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 
    Requests for copies of the proposed information collection request 
may be accessed from 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, D.C. 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. 00-32356 Filed 12-19-00; 8:45 am]