The Department of Education has asked the Office of Management and Budget for authorization to collect information from States through the Consolidated State Performance Report (CSPR) and the State Self-Review (SSR). OMB's Public comment period was announced in the Federal Register on September 14, 1999 and extends through October 14, 1999.
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), in general, and its provision for submission of consolidated plans, in particular (see section 14301 of the ESEA), emphasize the importance of cross-program coordination and integration of federal programs into educational activities carried out with State and local funds. States would use both instruments for reporting on activities that occur during the 1999-2000 school year and, if the ESEA, when reauthorized, does not become effective for the 2000-2001 school year, for that year as well.
The proposed CSPR requests essentially the same information as in 1998-1999, in a more concise and accessible format. The proposed SSR replaces informal data collections performed by each program review team in advance of site visits to states (approximately 14 each year), now conducted as integrated program reviews of all ESEA and Goals 2000 programs. This document and the associated visits promotes the Department's interests in (1) gathering essential information on how States have implemented their approved consolidated State plans and (2) identifying federal assistance to States on how to use federal funds most effectively. The State responses to the SSR will complement their responses to the CSPR by providing specific information on program implementation that is needed for an effective integrated review.
When the ESEA is reauthorized the Department intends to work actively with the public to revise the content of these documents and develop an integrated information collection system that responds to the new law, uses new technologies, and better reflects how federal programs help to promote State and local reform efforts.
Written comments and requests for copies of this information collection requests should be addressed to Vivian Reese, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Room 5624, Regional Office Building 3, Washington, DC 20202-4651, or should be electronically mailed to the internet address OCIO.IMG.Issues@ed.gov, or should be faxed to 202-708-9346.
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