[Federal Register: July 24, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 142)]
[Page 48449-48450]
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National Assessment Governing Board; Meeting

AGENCY: National Assessment Governing Board; Education

ACTION: Notice of open meeting and partially closed meetings.


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 July 26, 2002. 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. This notice is being submitted to the Federal 
Register less than 15 days before the date of the meeting due to 
administrative delays.

DATES: August 1-August 3, 2002.

Times: August 1: Assessment Development Committee: Closed Session 10 
a.m. to 3 p.m.; Executive Committee Meeting: Open Session 4:30 p.m.-6 
p.m.; Closed Session 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    August 2: Full Board Meeting: Open Session 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 
Committee Meetings: Assessment Development Committee 10:30 a.m.-12:30 
p.m.; Committee on Standards, Design and Methodology, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 
p.m.; Reporting and Dissemination Committee, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 
Full Board--Closed Meeting 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.; Open Meeting 1:30 
p.m.-2:45 p.m.; Closed Meeting, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
    August 3: Full Board Meeting: Closed Session 8:45 a.m.-9:30 a.m.; 
Full Board Open Meeting, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Location: The Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20007.

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, as 
amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Pub. L. 107-110).
    The Board is established to formulate policy guidelines for the 
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The Board's 
responsibilities include selecting subject areas to be assessed, 
developing assessment objectives, developing appropriate student 
achievement levels for each grade and subject tested, developing 
guidelines for reporting and disseminating results, and developing 
standards and procedures for interstate and national comparisons.
    On August 2, 2002 the full Board will convene in open session from 
9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. The Board will approve the agenda; receive the 
Executive Director's report and a NAEP Update from the Deputy 
Commissioner of NCES, Gary Phillips. The Board will then preview 
proposed policies on the NAEP program. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 
the Board's standing committees--the Assessment Development Committee, 
the Committee on Standards, Design, and Methodology, and the Reporting 
and Dissemination Committee will meet in open session.
    The full Board will reconvene in closed session on August 2, 2002 
from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. to receive a briefing on market basket 
reporting. This briefing will include confidential information on NAEP 
test items. Disclosure of the specific test items would significantly 
frustrate implementation of the NAEP program,

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and is therefore protected by exemption 9(B) of section 552b(c) of 
Title 5 U.S.C.
    The full Board will reconvene in open session on August 2, from 
1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. to receive final recommendations on the NAEP 
Economics Framework project and to receive a report on NAEP/NAGB 
reauthorization. From 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. the full Board will meet in 
closed session to review and discuss test items from the Main NAEP 
Mathematics Assessment. Disclosure of the specific test items for the 
NAEP Mathematics Assessment would significantly frustrate 
implementation of the NAEP program, and is therefore protected by 
exemption 9(B) of section 552b(c) of Title 5 U.S.C.
    The full Board will meet in partially closed session on August 3, 
2002 from 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. to receive an update on nominations 
for Board membership. This discussion pertains solely to internal 
personnel rules and practices of an agency and will disclose 
information of a personal nature where disclosure would constitute an 
unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. As such, the discussions are 
protected by exemptions (2) and (6) of section 552b(c) of Title 5 
    The full Board will meet in open session on August 3, 2002 from 
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Board will receive a presentation on NAEP data 
on the Internet from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Board will then hear and 
take action on Committee reports from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. 
Subsequently, from 11:45 a.m. to 12 noon, the Board will elect the 
Board Vice Chair. The August 3, 2002 session of the Board meeting will 
adjourn at 12 noon.
    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 9 
a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

    Dated: July 19, 2002.
Roy Truby,
Executive Director, National Assessment Governing Board.
[FR Doc. 02-18673 Filed 7-23-02; 8:45 am]