FR Doc E9-27115[Federal Register: November 10, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 216)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 
National Assessment Governing Board; Meeting

AGENCY: Department of Education, National Assessment Governing Board.

ACTION: Notice of open meeting and partially closed meetings.

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SUMMARY: The notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a 
forthcoming meeting of the National Assessment Governing Board. This 
notice also describes the functions of the Board. Notice of this 
meeting is required under Section 10 (a) (2) of the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act. This document is intended to notify members of the 
general public of their opportunity to attend. Individuals who will 
need special accommodations in order to attend the meeting (e.g.; 
interpreting services, assistive listening devices, materials in 
alternative format) should notify Munira Mwalimu at 202-357-6938 or at 
Munira.Mwalimu@ed.gov no later than November 10, 2009. We will attempt 
to meet requests after this date, but cannot guarantee availability of 
the requested accommodation. The meeting site is accessible to 
individuals with disabilities.

DATES: November 19-21, 2009.
    Times:
    November 19: Committee Meetings:
    Ad Hoc Committee on NAEP Testing and Reporting on Students with 
Disabilities and English Language Learners: Open Session--2:00 p.m. to 
4:00 p.m.
    Executive Committee: Open Session--4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Closed 
Session--5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    November 20:
    Full Board: Open Session--8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.; Closed Session--
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Open Session--3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Committee Meetings:
    Assessment Development Committee: Closed Session--12:45 p.m. to 
2:00 p.m.; Open Session--2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Committee on Standards, Design and Methodology and Reporting and 
Dissemination Committee: Joint Closed Session--12:45 p.m. to 1:05 p.m.
    Committee on Standards, Design and Methodology: Closed Session--
1:05 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Open Session--2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Reporting and Dissemination Committee: Open Session--1:05 p.m. to 
3:00 p.m.
    November 21:
    Nominations Committee: Closed Session--7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
    Full Board: Closed Session--8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; Open Session--
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
    Location: Sheraton Raleigh Hotel, 421 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, 
NC 27601.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Munira Mwalimu, Operations Officer, 
National Assessment Governing Board, 800 North Capitol Street, NW., 
Suite 825, Washington, DC, 20002-4233, Telephone: (202) 357-6938.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Assessment Governing Board is 
established under section 412 of the National Education Statistics Act 
of 1994, as amended.
    The Board is established to formulate policy guidelines for the 
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The Board's 
responsibilities include selecting subject areas to be assessed, 
developing assessment specifications and frameworks, developing 
appropriate student achievement levels for each grade and subject 
tested, developing standards and procedures for interstate and national 
comparisons, developing guidelines for reporting and disseminating 
results, and releasing initial NAEP results to the public.
    On November 19, 2009, the Ad Hoc Committee on NAEP Testing and 
Reporting on Students with Disabilities (SD) and English Language 
Learners (ELL) will meet in open session from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Thereafter, the Executive Committee will meet in open session from 4:30 
p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and in closed session from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
During the closed session on November 19, 2009 the Executive Committee 
will receive a briefing from the National Center for Education 
Statistics (NCES) on options for NAEP contracts covering the 2010-2012 
assessment years, based on funding for Fiscal Year 2010-2011. The 
discussion of contract options and costs will address the implications 
for congressionally mandated goals and adherence to Board policies on 
NAEP assessments. This part of the meeting must be conducted in closed 
session because public discussion of this information would disclose 
independent government cost estimates and contracting options, 
adversely impacting the confidentiality of the contracting process. 
Public disclosure of information discussed would significantly impede 
implementation of the NAEP contracts, and is therefore protected by 
exemption 9(B) of section 552b(c) of Title 5 U.S.C.
    On November 20, the full Board will meet in open session from 8:30 
a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The Board will review and approve the meeting agenda 
and meeting minutes from the August 2009 Board meeting. Newly appointed 
Board members will then be introduced. The Board will also be addressed 
by North Carolina educators. This session will be followed by a report 
from the Governing Board's Executive Director and an update from the 
Acting Commissioner of Education Statistics on the work of the National 
Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
    From 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., the full Board will receive a 
briefing on public comments received on recommendations of the Expert 
Panels on SD and ELL students from the Ad Hoc Committee on NAEP Testing 
and Reporting. The full Board will then meet in closed session from 
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to receive a briefing from NCES on the 2009 
Trend Results for Reading. The Board will be provided with embargoed 
data that cannot be discussed in an open meeting prior to their 
official release. Premature disclosure of data would significantly 
impede implementation of the NAEP Trend Assessment program, and is 
therefore protected by exemption 9(B) of section 552b(c) of Title 5 
U.S.C.
    From 12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on November 20, the Assessment 
Development Committee will meet in closed session to receive a briefing 
from Educational Testing Service on the 2009

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reading trend, reading vocabulary items, grade 12 mathematics trend, 
science test items, and the 2011 writing computer-based assessment. The 
Board will be provided with embargoed data that cannot be discussed in 
an open meeting prior to their official release. Premature disclosure 
of data would significantly impede implementation of the NAEP 
assessments in the subjects, and is therefore protected by exemption 
9(B) of section 552b(c) of Title 5 U.S.C. Thereafter the Committee will 
meet in open session till 3:00 p.m.
    From 12:45 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. two of the Board's standing 
committees--the Committee on Standards, Design and Methodology (COSDAM) 
and the Reporting and Dissemination Committee--will meet in a joint 
closed session to receive a briefing on 2009 participation rates for 
12th grade students and item response rates. In addition, members will 
be briefed on participation rates for private schools and students for 
all grades in subjects assessed in 2009. These data will provide 
information to help determine whether participation rates are 
sufficient to assure reliable test results and sufficiency of response 
rates for reliable measurement.
    Following this joint session, the Reporting and Dissemination 
Committee will meet in open session from 1:05 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. COSDAM 
will continue to meet in closed session from 1:05 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. to 
receive a briefing on trend results for 2009 reading and grade 12 
mathematics. Members will review secure data and results on trend 
analyses for 2009 reading and grade 12 mathematics with respect to 
achievement levels. The data will inform decisions on whether the 
evidence is sufficient to assure the technical feasibility of 
maintaining trend for reporting 2009 data. COSDAM will receive a 
briefing on preliminary results of the 2009 science achievement levels 
pilot study. Members will review secure science pilot results on the 
percentages of students scoring at or above the cut scores set in the 
science pilot study, and they will review item data.
    These Committee meetings will be partially closed since disclosure 
of the secure data, not yet released to the public, would significantly 
impede implementation of the NAEP reading and science assessment 
programs at all grades and mathematics at grade 12, and is therefore 
protected by exemption 9(B) of section 552b(c) of Title 5 U.S.C.
    The full Board will meet in open session on November 21 from 3:00 
p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to receive a briefing on the NAEP Technological 
Literacy Framework project. This session will be followed by an ethics 
briefing conducted from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., provided to Board 
members from the Office of General Counsel. The November 20 session of 
the Board meeting is scheduled to adjourn at 4:30 p.m.
    On November 21, the Nominations Committee will meet in closed 
session from 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. to review and discuss confidential 
information on nominees (to include individual names and resumes) 
received for Board vacancies for terms beginning on October 1, 2010. 
These discussions pertain solely to internal personnel rules and 
practices of an agency and will disclose information of a personal 
nature where disclosure would constitute an unwarranted invasion of 
personal privacy. As such, the discussions are protected by exemptions 
2 and 6 of section 552b(c) of Title 5 U.S.C.
    The full Board will meet in closed session on November 21 from 8:30 
a.m. to 9:30 a.m. to receive a briefing on the 2009 Trial Urban 
District Assessment (TUDA) Mathematics Report Card. The data has not 
been released to the public and cannot be discussed in an open meeting. 
Premature disclosure of the embargoed data would significantly impede 
implementation of the NAEP TUDA program, and is therefore protected by 
exemption 9(B) of section 552b(c) of Title 5 U.S.C. Thereafter, the 
Board will meet in open session from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. to review 
and take action on Committee reports. The November 21, 2009 session of 
the Board meeting is scheduled to adjourn at 11:00 a.m.
    Detailed minutes of the meeting, including summaries of the 
activities of the closed sessions and related matters that are 
informative to the public and consistent with the policy of section 5 
U.S.C. 552b(c) will be available to the public within 14 days of the 
meeting. Records are kept of all Board proceedings and are available 
for public inspection at the U.S. Department of Education, National 
Assessment Governing Board, Suite 825, 800 North Capitol 
Street, NW., Washington, DC, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern 
Standard Time, Monday through Friday.
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    Dated: November 4, 2009.
Cornelia S. Orr,
Executive Director, National Assessment Governing Board, U.S. 
Department of Education.
[FR Doc. E9-27115 Filed 11-9-09; 8:45 am]

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