FR Doc E8-10756[Federal Register: May 14, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 94)]
[Page 27811-27812]
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Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

AGENCY: Department of Education.

SUMMARY: The IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management 
Services, Office of Management, 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 
July 14, 2008.

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 IC Clearance Official, Regulatory 
Information Management Services, Office of Management, 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: May 8, 2008.
Angela C. Arrington,
IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management Services, 
Office of Management.

Office of Vocational and Adult Education

    Type of Review: New.
    Title: Strengthening Adult Reading Instructional Practices (SARIP).
    Frequency: Learner respondents will report twice; instructor 
respondents will report once for two instruments and weekly for 15 
    Affected Public: Individuals or household.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:
     Responses: 4,734.
     Burden Hours: 1,431.
    Abstract: The SARIP Study is an initial investigation of whether 
the Study Achievement in Reading (STAR) training and materials are 
effective in developing adult basic education (ABE) instructors' 
capability to deliver evidence-based reading instruction and 
consequently, in improving intermediate-level (4th-8.9th grade 
equivalence) adult learners' reading skills. The study will employ a 
quasi-experimental design to examine whether learners who are taught by 
ABE instructors that have been trained in the STAR methods and 
materials and have become proficient in these methods make greater 
gains in developing their reading skills compared to learners who have 
been taught by ABE instructors that have not participated in STAR. The 
treatment learners will be compared to data from a matched sample of 
adult learners that have not participated in STAR. The comparison group 
will be drawn from extant data from two previous studies on adult 
learners' development of reading skills. The learner data collected in 
the SARIP study will be used by the U.S. Department of Education to 
assess the preliminary learner reading outcomes from the STAR 
intervention and to determine whether a more rigorous evaluation of 
STAR should be undertaken at this point in the implementation of STAR. 
The data collected in the SARIP study about the delivery of instruction 
by teachers trained in STAR will be used by the U.S. Department of 
Education to review the STAR training and to determine whether 
modifications may be needed in the STAR training. The information

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about ABE programs collected in the study will be used by the U.S. 
Department of Education and state adult education offices to provide 
guidance to local ABE providers about the types of ABE program 
practices that may support the delivery of effective reading 
    Requests for copies of the proposed information collection request 
may be accessed from, by selecting the ``Browse 
Pending Collections'' link and by clicking on link number 3681. 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., 
LBJ, Washington, DC 20202-4537. Requests may also be electronically 
mailed to or faxed to 202-401-0920. Please specify 
the complete title of the information collection when making your 
    Comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity 
requirements should be electronically mailed to 
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. E8-10756 Filed 5-13-08; 8:45 am]