FR Doc 2011-987
[Federal Register: January 19, 2011 (Volume 76, Number 12)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Comment Request.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Education (the Department), in accordance 
with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 
3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with 
an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of 
information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its 
information collection requirements and minimize the reporting burden 
on the public and helps the public understand the Department's 
information collection requirements and provide the requested data in 
the desired format. 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 
March 21, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity 
requirements should be electronically mailed to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov or 
mailed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., LBJ, 
Washington, DC 20202-4537. Please note that written comments received 
in response to this notice will be considered public records.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requires that Federal agencies provide 
interested parties an early opportunity to comment on information 
collection requests. The Director, Information Collection Clearance 
Division, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of 
Management, publishes this notice containing proposed information 
collection requests at the beginning of the Departmental review of the 
information collection. 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: January 13, 2011.
Darrin A. King,
Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory 
Information Management Services, Office of Management.
    Type of Review: NEW.
    Title of Collection: Teacher Quality Distribution Study.
    OMB Control Number: Pending.
    Agency Form Number(s): N/A.
    Frequency of Responses: On Occasion.
    Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Government, State 
Educational Agencies or Local Educational Agencies.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 197.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 1,183.
    Abstract: Title II, Part A, the Improving Teacher State Formula 
Grants program is the primary Federal funding under the Elementary and 
Secondary Education Act to support a high quality teacher in every 
classroom. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act supports reform 
in four key areas including increasing teacher effectiveness and 
promoting the equitable distribution of effective teachers. Therefore, 
this study describes the distribution of teacher quality within 
districts over time and any changes in that distribution associated 
with district strategies to promote an equitable distribution of high 
quality teachers.
    This study will provide information over time about the 
distribution of teacher quality and will document district efforts to 
promote teacher equity within a select number of districts. The 
research questions are:
     What is the distribution of teacher quality across schools 
within districts?
     What strategies and policies are districts promoting to 
address inequitable distribution of teacher quality? How are these 
strategies/policies enacted (e.g. strategy determination, goals and 
objectives, theory of action, features, administration, necessary 
resources, challenges to administration, intended duration)?
     What is the relationship between the district policies/
strategies and the distribution of teacher quality? The study will be 
conducted in up to 30 geographically-dispersed school districts. The 
study will document the distribution of teacher quality, within 
participating districts, using teacher value-added analyses. The study 
will also describe changes in the distribution of teacher quality 
across the outcomes years 2010-2011 through 2012-2013. Data collection 
will include student achievement obtained from

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administrative records, annual semi-structured district leadership 
interviews about district strategies and policies to address 
inequitable distribution of teacher quality, and district 
administrative records/personnel data.
    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 4484. 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 and OMB Control Number 
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-
8339.

[FR Doc. 2011-987 Filed 1-18-11; 8:45 am]
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