FR Doc 2011-5239[Federal Register: March 8, 2011 (Volume 76, Number 45)]
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National Board for Education Sciences Meeting

AGENCY: Institute of Education Sciences, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of an open meeting.


SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an 
upcoming meeting of the National Board for Education Sciences. The 
notice also describes the functions of the Board. Notice of this 
meeting is required by Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act and is intended to notify the public of their opportunity 
to attend the meeting.

DATES: March 23, 2011.
    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ADDRESSES: 80 F Street, NW., Room 100, Washington, DC 20208.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Grace Lucier, Designated Federal 
Official, National Board for Education Sciences, 555 New Jersey Ave., 
NW., Room 602 I, Washington, DC 20208; phone: (202) 219-2253; fax: 
(202) 219-1466; e-mail:

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Board for Education Sciences is 
authorized by Section 116 of the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 
(ESRA), 20 U.S.C. 9516. The Board advises the Director of the Institute 
of Education Sciences (IES) on, among other things, the establishment 
of activities to be supported by the Institute, and on the funding for 
applications for grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements for 
research after the completion of peer review, and reviews and evaluates 
the work of the Institute.
    At this time, the Board consists of ten of fifteen appointed 
members due to the expirations of the terms of former members. The 
Board shall meet and can carry out official business because the ESRA 
states that a majority of the voting members serving at the time of a 
meeting constitutes a quorum.
    On March 23, 2011, starting at 8:30 a.m. the Board will approve the 
agenda and hear remarks from the chair, followed by the swearing in of 
new members. John Easton, IES director, and the commissioners of the 
national centers will give an overview of recent developments at IES. A 
break will take place from 11 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The Board will then 
consider the topic, ``How Can IES Research/Evaluation Increase the 
Likelihood of Identifying Interventions that Produce Important Positive 
Effects? How Can the Policy/Research Community Make Better Use of Well-
Designed Studies Showing No Effects or Adverse Effects?'' Rebecca 
Maynard, Commissioner of the National Center for Education Evaluation 
and Regional Assistance, will give opening remarks, followed by a 
roundtable discussion by NBES members.
    The meeting will break for lunch from 1-2 p.m., which will be 
followed by ethics training for the members by Marcia Sprague of the 
Office of the General Counsel at the Department of Education.
    At 2 p.m. the Board will address the topic, ``Increasing the 
Effectiveness of Federal Education Programs through Development/Use of 
Rigorous Evidence About ``What Works.'' An afternoon break from 3:30 to 
3:45 p.m. will precede a presentation of a new White House initiative, 
Advanced Research Projects Agency--Education (ARPA-Ed), designed to 
catalyze the development and deployment of new tools and technologies 
that could significantly improve student learning.
    At 4:45 p.m. there will be closing remarks and a consideration of 
next steps from the IES Director and NBES Chair, with adjournment 
scheduled for 5 p.m.
    A final agenda will be available from Mary Grace Lucier (see 
contact information above) on March 15 and will be posted on the Board 
Web site
    Individuals who will need accommodations for a disability in order 
to attend the meeting (e.g., interpreting services, assistance 
listening devices, or materials in alternative format) should notify 
Mary Grace Lucier no later than March 15. We will attempt to meet 
requests for accommodations after this date but cannot guarantee their

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availability. The meeting site is accessible to individuals with 
    Records are kept of all Board proceedings and are available for 
public inspection at 555 New Jersey Ave., NW., Room 602 K, Washington, 
DC 20208, from the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern Standard Time 
Monday through Friday.
    Electronic Access to This Document: You may view this document, as 
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John Q. Easton,
Director, Institute of Education Sciences.
[FR Doc. 2011-5239 Filed 3-7-11; 8:45 am]