[Federal Register: November 6, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 215)]
[Page 56088-56089]
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National Assessment Governing Board; Meeting

AGENCY: National Assessment Governing Board, Education.

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ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a 
forthcoming meeting of the National Assessment Governing Board. This 
notice also describes the functions of the Board. Notice of this 
meeting is required under section 10 (a) (2) of the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act. This document is intended to notify the general public 
of their opportunity to attend. Individuals who will need 
accommodations for a disability in order to attend the meeting (i.e. 
interpreting services, assistive listening devices, materials in 
alternative format) should notify Munira Mwalimu at 202-357-6938 or at 
Munira.Mwalimu@ed.gov no later than November 9, 2001. We will attempt 
to meet requests after this date, but cannot guarantee availability of 
the requested accommodation. The meeting site is accessible to 
individuals with disabilities.

DATES: November 16-17, 2001.
    Time: November 16--Full Board 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.; Assessment 
Development Committee 10:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; Committee on Standards, 
Design and Methodology, 10:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; Reporting and 
Dissemination Committee, 10:00 a.m.-12:15p.m.; Full Board, 12:30 p.m.-
5:00 p.m.; November 17--Full Board 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Location: The Westin Fairfax, 2100 Massachusetts Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20008.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Munira Mwalimu, Operations Officer, 
National Assessment Governing Board, 800 North Capitol Street, NW., 
Suite 825, Washington, DC 20002-4233, Telephone: (202) 357-6938.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Assessment Governing Board is 
established under section 412 of the National Education Statistics Act 
of 1994 (Title IV of the Improving America's Schools Act of 1994) (Pub. 
L. 103-382).
    The Board is established to formulate policy guidelines for the 
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The Board is 
responsible for selecting subject areas to be assessed, developing 
assessment objectives, identifying appropriate achievement goals for 
each grade and subject tested, and establishing standards and 
procedures for interstate and national comparisons.
    On November 16, 2001 the full Board will convene in open session 
from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. The Board will approve the agenda; hear a 
report from the Executive Director of the National Assessment Governing 
Board; receive updates on the NAEP Program and on reauthorization; and 
on the ``No Child Left Behind'' initiative. From 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 
p.m., the Board's standing committees will meet in open session.
    The Assessment Development Committee (ADC) will meet in open 
session on Friday, November 16, 2001 from 10:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. The 
Committee will review final recommendations on the Mathematics 
Framework and Specifications for the 2004 NAEP Math Assessment; review 
the draft NAEP Reading Framework; and receive a briefing on the 
Economics Framework and Specifications project for the NAEP 2005 
Economics Assessment.
    The Committee on Standards, Design, and Methodology will meet on 
Friday, November 16, 2001 from 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. to discuss technical 
issues in potential changes to Long Term Trend Assessments; receive a 
summary analyses of combined state and national NAEP data; discuss 
proposed statistical standards for inference and comparisons; receive a 
summary analyses of the grade 12 score decline in NAEP; and receive a 
status report on the 2001 geography achievement level anchoring study.
    The Reporting and Dissemination Committee will meet on Friday, 
November 16, 2001 from 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. to discuss the NAEP 2000 
Science Release; the schedule for release of future NAEP reports; and 
annual reporting of reading and mathematics.
    The Committee will receive an update on racial/ethnic categories in 
NAEP data collection and reporting, and discuss the Board's role in the 
review of background questions and criteria for review. The Committee 
will review background questions for the NAEP 2002 reading and writing 
assessments; the NAEP 2002 field test; and the long term trend 
    The full Board will reconvene on November 16, 2001 from 12:30 p.m.-
5 p.m. to discuss measuring achievement gaps, to receive an update and 
discuss the NAEP 2002 Reading Revisit; hear a status report from the Ad 
Hoc Committee on Confirming State Results; hear recommendations and 
discuss the NAEP 2004 Mathematics Framework; and receive ethics 
training upon which the November 16, 2001 session of the Board meeting 
will adjourn.
    On November 17, 2001, the Board will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 
a.m. to receive a demonstration of the Interactive NAEP Data Tool. The 
Board will then hear and take action on Committee reports from 9:30 
a.m. to 12 p.m., whereupon the meeting will adjourn.
    Summaries of the activities of the closed sessions and related 
matters, which are informative to the public and consistent with the 
policy of section 5 U.S.C. 552b(c), will be available to the public 
within 14 days of the meeting. Records are kept of all Board 
proceedings and are available for public inspection at the U.S. 
Department of Education, National Assessment Governing Board, Suite 
#825, 800 North Capitol Street, NW., Washington, DC, from 8:30 a.m. to 
5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Dated: November 1, 2001.
Roy Truby,
Executive Director, National Assessment Governing Board.
[FR Doc. 01-27786 Filed 11-5-01; 8:45 am]