FR Doc 2010-16942
[Federal Register: July 13, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 133)]
[Page 39922]
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Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

AGENCY: Department of Education.

SUMMARY: The Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, 
Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management 
invites comments on the submission for OMB review as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13).

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
August 12, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be addressed to the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Education Desk Officer, 
Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street, NW., Room 10222, New 
Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, be faxed to (202) 395-
5806 or e-mailed to with a cc: to

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. The 
OMB is particularly interested in comments which:
     Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
     Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the 
burden of the proposed collection of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
     Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate 
automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology.

    Dated: July 7, 2010.
Darrin A. King,
Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory 
Information Management Services, Office of Management.

Institute of Education Sciences

    Type of Review: Revision.
    Title of Collection: Program for International Student Assessments 
(PISA) 2012 Recruitment and Field Test.
    OMB #: 1850-0755.
    Agency Form Number(s): N/A.
    Frequency of Responses: Annually.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 2,087.
    Estimated Annual 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 three 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 information collection submission for 
OMB review may be accessed from the Web site at or from the Department's Web site 
at, 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 the Internet address or faxed to 202-401-0920. Please specify the 
complete title and OMB Control Number of the information collection 
when making your request.
    Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) 
may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-

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