FR Doc E9-19842[Federal Register: August 19, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 159)]
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Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

AGENCY: Department of Education.
SUMMARY: The Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, 
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 
October 19, 2009.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requires

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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 
Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, 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: August 13, 2009.
Angela C. Arrington,
Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory 
Information Management Services, Office of Management.

National Institute for Literacy

    Type of Review: New.
    Title: Understanding Effective K-3 Reading Programs Based on 
Scientific Reading Research.
    Frequency: One time.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit; State, Local, or 
Tribal Gov't, SEAs or LEAs.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:

Responses: 87.
Burden Hours: 1,037.

    Abstract: The National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) is authorized 
under the No Child Left Behind Act, Public Law 107-110, part B, subpart 
1, section 1207 to ``* * * identify and disseminate information about 
schools, local educational agencies, and State educational agencies 
that have effectively developed and implemented classroom reading 
programs that meet the requirements of this subpart (Reading First)* * 
*''. To carry out this authorized activity, the NIFL is first 
conducting a set of case studies, identifying Schools with Effective 
Reading Programs, to be implemented by a research team from Education 
Development Center, Inc. (EDC). The NIFL then will publish findings 
from the case studies as a report and print and distribute it widely 
among educators and administrators working with children in 
kindergarten through third grades as well as reading researchers. The 
NIFL needs to collect the information proposed in this package to be 
able to describe in reasonable detail the school- and classroom-based 
reading strategies employed by schools with high-performing students. 
The NIFL understands its statutory charge to mean providing information 
that explains what the schools did and how they did it rather than 
general information from sources such as school Web sites. While the 
findings from case studies should not be construed as guidance to 
schools seeking to improve their K-3 students' reading outcomes, the 
information from this study may bring to light detail that contributes 
to deeper understanding of effective reading instruction and informs 
future research on K-3 reading instruction. The respondents will be 
drawn from two schools in each of three districts that have been 
identified as having positive student outcomes in reading according to 
a comprehensive approach established as part of the study. The 
estimated number of respondents will be: 6 Principals, 6 Reading 
Specialists/Literacy Specialists, 3 English Language Arts District 
Coordinators, 72 Teachers (estimated). Only an estimate of the number 
of teacher respondents is possible until we have agreements from the 
participating schools. The estimate is based on three teachers per 
grade level, K-3, at each school.
    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 4001. 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. E9-19842 Filed 8-18-09; 8:45 am]