[Federal Register: October 22, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 204)]
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Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

AGENCY: Department of Education.

SUMMARY: The Leader, Information Management Case Services Team, 
Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of the Chief 
Information Officer, invites comments on the proposed information 
collection requests as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: An emergency review has been requested in accordance with the 
Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 3507(j)), since public harm is reasonably likely 
to result if normal clearance procedures are followed. Approval by the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has been requested by November 
10. A regular clearance process is also beginning. Interested persons 
are invited to submit comments on or before December 31, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Written comments regarding the emergency review should be 
addressed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, 
Attention: Carolyn Lovett, Desk Officer, Department of Education, 
Office of Management and Budget; 725 17th Street, NW., Room 10235, New 
Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503 or faxed to (202) 395-

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requires that the Director of OMB 
provide interested Federal agencies and the public an early opportunity 
to comment on information collection requests. The Office of Management 
and Budget (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, Information 
Management Case Services Team, Information Management Services, Office 
of the Chief Information Officer, publishes this notice containing 
proposed information collection requests at the beginning of the 
Departmental review of the information collection. 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)

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respondents and frequency of collection; and (6) reporting and/or 
recordkeeping burden. ED 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 
respondents, including through the use of information technology.

    Dated: October 18, 2004.
Angela C. Arrington,
Leader, Information Management Case Services Team, Regulatory 
Information Management Services, Office of the Chief Information 

Institute of Education Sciences

    Type of Review: Reinstatement.
    Title: IEA Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)
    Abstract: PIRLS 2006 is a multi-national project coordinated by the 
International Association for the Evaluation of Educational 
Achievement. Approximately 46 countries will participate in this 
analysis of children's reading literacy and the factors association 
with reading acquisition. Children in grade 4 in the U.S. will be 
administered a reading test and the children, their teachers, and 
school administrators will also complete questionnaires about factors 
related to the development of reading literacy.
    Additional Information: This is a request for emergency OMB 
clearance for the sampling and recruitment activities for the field 
test for the international surveys, Progress in International Reading 
Literacy Study (PIRLS) (1850-0755). Clearance is requested by November 
10. The emergency clearance is necessary in order to comply with the 
international standard for field testing prior to full scale survey 
work. If this work sampling and recruitment of school participants 
doesn't commence in November it will delay the field test itself. This 
would potentially result in not being able to carry out the field test 
this school year. The main study itself is scheduled for next school 
year, 2005/2006. Because of the requirement for field testing, the 
potential harm is that the U.S. may not be able to participate in the 
study. The U.S. is one of the major participating and supporting 
countries involved in the international assessment activities 
represented by the PIRLS. International activities like the PIRLS are 
mandated under the legislation authorizing the National Center for 
Education Statistics, the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, HR 
3801. The field test survey and assessment activities themselves will 
be conducted under regular clearance for which clearance packages have 
also been submitted.
    Frequency: One time.
    Affected Public: Individuals or household; State, Local, or Tribal 
Gov't, SEAs or LEAs.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: Responses--875. Burden 
    Requests for copies of the proposed information collection request 
may be accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov, 
by selecting the ``Browse 

Pending Collections'' link and by clicking on link number 2632. When 
you access the information collection, click on ``Download 
Attachments'' to view. Written requests for information should be 
addressed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., 
Potomac Center, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20202-4700. Requests may also 
be electronically mailed to the Internet address OCIO_RIMG@ed.gov or 
faxed to 202-245-6621. Please specify the complete title of the 
information collection when making your request.
    Comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity 
requirements, contact Kathy Axt at her e-mail address Kathy.Axt@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.
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