[Federal Register: July 8, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 130)]
[Page 39215-39216]
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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
September 7, 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 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: July 2, 2010.
Darrin A. King,
Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory
Information Management Services, Office of Management.

Institute of Education Sciences

    Type of Review: Reinstatement.
    Title: National Household Education Survey (NHES 2011/2012) Field
    OMB#: 1850-0768.
    Agency Form Number(s): N/A.
    Frequency: Once.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:

Responses: 40,905.
Burden Hours: 5,535.

    Abstract: The National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES)
collects data directly from households on early childhood care and
education, children's readiness for school, parent perceptions of
school safety and discipline, before- and after-school activities of
school-age children, participation in adult and continuing education,
parent involvement in education, school choice, homeschooling, and
civic involvement. NHES surveys have been conducted approximately every
other year from 1991 through 2007 using random digit dial (RDD)
sampling and telephone data collection from landline telephones only.
Each survey collection included the administration of household
screening questions (screener) and two or three topical surveys. Like
virtually all RDD surveys, NHES Screener response rates have declined
(from above 80% in early 1990s to 53% in 2007) and the decline in the
percentage of households without landline telephones (from 93% in early
2004 to about 75% in 2009 mostly due to conversion to cellular-only
coverage) raises issues about population coverage.

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To address these issues, the NHES is transitioning from a Random Digit
Dial (RDD) interviewer administered study to an Address Based Sample,
self- administered study. A feasibility test of the methodology was
conducted successfully in 2009. In 2011, the National Center for
Education Statistics (NCES) will conduct a large scale pilot test to
further refine the methodology. A number of interventions to improve
response rates and data quality will be tested in 2011. In 2012, NCES
will conduct the first full-scale production data collection utilizing
the new design. The 2011 test and 2012 data collections will utilize
the Parent and Family Involvement in Education (PFI) and Early
Childhood Program Participation (ECPP) modules.
    Requests for copies of the proposed information collection request
may be accessed from http://edicsweb.ed.gov, by selecting the ``Browse
Pending Collections'' link and by clicking on link number 4351. 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 ICDocketMgr@ed.gov 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 ICDocketMgr@ed.gov.
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. 2010-16654 Filed 7-7-10; 8:45 am]