FR Doc 2010-11478
[Federal Register: May 13, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 92)]
[Page 26943-26944]
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Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

AGENCY: Department of Education.

SUMMARY: The Acting 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 
July 12, 2010.

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 Acting 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

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collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this 
collection on the respondents, including through the use of information 

    Dated: May 10, 2010.
Stephanie Valentine,
Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory 
Information Management Services, Office of Management.

Institute of Education Sciences

    Type of Review: Reinstatement.
    Title: Program for International Student Assessments (PISA) 2012 
Recruitment and Field Test.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Affected Public: Individuals or household.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:

Responses: 2,087.
Burden Hours: 1,057.

    Abstract: The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) 
is an international assessment that focuses on 15-year-olds' 
capabilities in reading, mathematics, and science literacy. It was 
first implemented by the National Center for Education Statistics 
(NCES) in 2000 and has been administered every 3 years since. This 
submission is for the fifth cycle in the series, PISA 2012, and 
requests OMB approval for field test and main study recruitment, field 
trial data collection, and a waiver of the 60-day Federal Register 
notice for the main study clearance in 2012. As in 2003, in PISA 2012, 
mathematics will be the major subject domain. The field test will also 
include computer-based assessments in reading, science, and general 
problem solving, and an assessment of financial literacy in a paper-
and-pencil format. The United States may decide to participate in these 
components in the main study as well, based on the results of the field 
test. In addition to assessment data, PISA provides background 
information on school context and student demographics to benchmark 
performance and inform policy. School recruitment for the field test 
will begin in September 2010 with data collection beginning in March 
2011. Main study recruitment will begin in September 2011 with data 
collection beginning in September 2012. The PISA 2012 field test sample 
will include about 35 schools (main study sample about 150) and about 
1,600 students (4,500-5,700 for the main study, depending on the 
components administered). In January 2011 NCES will submit the final 
field trial instruments to OMB; then, following the field test study, 
in May 2011, NCES will submit to OMB the final main study recruitment 
materials, design, and burden; and in spring 2012, NCES will submit the 
final main study instruments.
    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 4303. 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. 2010-11478 Filed 5-12-10; 8:45 am]