FR Doc E9-23961[Federal Register: October 5, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 191)]
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National Technical Advisory Council

AGENCY: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and 
Secondary Education.

ACTION: Request for Nominations To Serve on the National Technical 
Advisory Council (NTAC).


SUMMARY: The Secretary of Education (Secretary) invites interested 
parties to submit nominations for individuals to serve on the National 
Technical Advisory Council.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Technical Advisory Council 
(NTAC or the Council) is established by the Secretary of Education and 
governed by the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) 
(Pub. L. 92-463, as amended; 5 U.S.C. Appendix 2). In order to ensure 
that the U.S. Department of Education (Department) is making sound 
technical decisions related to the approval of state-designed 
standards, assessments, and accountability systems, the NTAC shall 
advise the Secretary and the Assistant Secretary for Elementary and 
Secondary Education (Assistant Secretary) on technical issues related 
to the design and implementation of standards, assessments, and 
accountability systems consistent with section 1111(b) of the No Child 
Left Behind Act of 2001 and 34 CFR 200.1 through 200.20.
    The Council shall consist of approximately 16 members, including 
persons who have knowledge of and expertise in the design and 
implementation of educational standards, assessments, and 
accountability systems for all students, including students with 
disabilities and limited English proficient students, and experts with 
technical knowledge related to statistics and psychometrics. At least 
one-third of the members shall have experience working in or with state 
educational agencies or local educational agencies. NTAC will advise 
the Secretary on matters that arise during the State Plan review 
    Nomination Process: Any interested person or organization may 
nominate one or more qualified individuals for membership. If you would 
like to nominate an individual or yourself for appointment to the 
Council, please submit the following information to the Department's 
White House Liaison Office:
     A copy of the nominee's resume;
     A cover letter that provides your reason(s) for nominating 
the individual; and
     Contact information for the nominee (name, title, business 
address, business phone, fax number, and business e-mail address).

In addition, the cover letter must state that the nominee (if 
nominating someone other than yourself) has agreed to be nominated and 
is willing to serve on the Council. Nominees will be appointed based on 
technical qualifications, professional experience, and demonstrated 
knowledge of issues related to state-designed standards, assessment, 
and accountability systems.

DATES: Nominations for individuals to serve on the Council must be 
submitted (postmarked, if sending by mail; submitted electronically; or 
received, if hand delivered) by November 4, 2009.

ADDRESSES: You may submit nominations, including attachments, by any of 
the following methods:
     Electronically: Send to: (specify 
in the e-mail subject line, ``NTAC Nomination'')
     Mail, express delivery, hand delivery, messenger, or 
courier service: Submit one copy of the documents listed above to the 
following address: U.S. Department of Education, White House Liaison 
Office, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 7C109, Washington, DC 20202. 
Attn: Karen Akins.
    For questions, contact Karen Akins, White House Liaison Office, at 

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401-3677, fax (202) 205-0723, or via e-mail at

Arne Duncan,
Secretary of Education.
[FR Doc. E9-23961 Filed 10-2-09; 8:45 am]