FR Doc E8-16429[Federal Register: July 18, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 139)]
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Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

AGENCY: Department of Education.

SUMMARY: The Acting Leader, Information Collection Clearance Division, 
Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management 
invites comments on the submission for OMB review as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
August 18, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be addressed to the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Education Desk Officer, 
Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street, NW., Room 10222, 
Washington, DC 20503. Commenters are encouraged to submit responses 
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(202) 395-6974. Commenters should include the following subject line in 
their response ``Comment: [insert OMB number], [insert abbreviated 
collection name, e.g., ``Upward Bound Evaluation'']. Persons submitting 
comments electronically should not submit paper copies.

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and Budget (OMB) provide interested Federal agencies and the public an 
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Recordkeeping burden. OMB invites public comment.

    Dated: July 14, 2008.
James Hyler,
Acting Leader, Information Collection Clearance Division, 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 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 instruction.
    Requests for copies of the information collection submission for 
OMB review may be accessed from, by selecting 
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3681. When you access the information collection, click on ``Download 
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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. E8-16429 Filed 7-17-08; 8:45 am]