[Federal Register: August 8, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 153)]
[Page 51548-51549]
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 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 
October 7, 2002.

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: August 2, 2002.
John Tressler,
Leader, Regulatory Information Management Office of the Chief 
Information Officer.

Office of the Undersecretary

    Type of Review: New.
    Title: Longitudinal Assessment of CSR Implementation and Outcomes 
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
        Responses: 4,380.
        Burden Hours: 2,567.
    Abstract: This evaluation assesses the accomplishments of the 
Comprehensive School Reform (CSR) program in implementing school reform 
and thereby improving student achievement. The evaluation also makes a 
preliminary assessment of the conditions influencing the sustainability 
of reforms once Federal support ends. The evaluation uses a variety of 
data sources to understand the complex interplay of state policies, 
school district, educational support, and CSR school conditions 
affecting CSR implementation and outcomes. The major evaluation 
questions are: (1) To what extent have CSR-supported schools made gains 
on state assessments in comparison to gains for schools in the same 
state with similar characteristics; (2) How effective is CSR support 
for reform; and (3) How have district policies and state policies 
affected CSR implementation and comprehensive school reform. A mixed 
method approach will be used to collect appropriate data for addressing 
each evaluation question. The methods include mail surveys of 400 CSR-
program and 400 non-CSR program schools, telephone surveys of 50 
districts and 20 states, and a case study inquiry of 30 ``sites'' to 
provide data on vertical slices of the CSR program (each ``site'' 
comprises a CSR school and comparison school, as well as the district, 
state, and support infrastructure in which the schools operate). 
Evaluators will be able to link information from these various sources 
in order to provide policymakers and other stakeholders with coherent 
    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, by selecting the ``Browse 
Pending Collections'' link and by clicking on link number 2091. When 
you access the

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information collection, click on ``Download Attachments'' to view. 
Written requests for information should be addressed to Vivian Reese, 
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 4050, Regional 
Office Building 3, Washington, DC 20202-4651 or to the e-mail address 
Vivian.Reese@ed.gov. Requests may also be electronically mailed to the 
internet address OCIO_RIMG@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 Jacqueline Montague at (202) 708-
5359 or via her e-mail address Jackie.Montague@ed.gov. Individuals who 
use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.

[FR Doc. 02-20035 Filed 8-7-02; 8:45 am]