National Assessment Governing Board; Meeting, 62105-62106 [05-21495]

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[FR Doc. 05–21514 Filed 10–27–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION National Assessment Governing Board; Meeting National Assessment Governing Board; Education. ACTION: Notice of open meeting and partially closed meetings. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the National Assessment Governing Board. This notice also describes the functions of the Board. Notice of this meeting is required under section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. This document is intended to notify members of the general public of their opportunity to attend. Individuals who will need special accommodations in order to attend the meeting (i.e. interpreting services, assistive listening devices, materials in alternative format) should notify Munira Mwalimu at 202– 357–6938 or at Munira.Mwalimu@ed.gov no later than November 1, 2005. We will attempt to meet requests after this date, but cannot guarantee availability of the requested accommodation. The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. DATES: November 17–19, 2005 Times November 17 Committee Meetings Assessment Development Committee: Closed Session—9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Assessment Development Committee and Committee on Standards, Design VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:15 Oct 27, 2005 Jkt 208001 and Methodology (Joint Meeting): Open Session—2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Reporting and Dissemination Committee: Open Session—2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Executive Committee: Open Session— 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Closed Session 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. November 18 Full Board: Open Session—8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Closed Session 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Open Session 2:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Committee Meetings Assessment Development Committee: Open Session—9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Committee on Standards, Design and Methodology: Open Session—9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Reporting and Dissemination Committee: Open Session—9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; November 19 Nominations Committee: Open Session—7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Full Board: Open Session—9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: Sheraton National Hotel Arlington, 900 South Orme Street, Arlington, VA 22204. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Munira Mwalimu, Operations Officer, National Assessment Governing Board, 800 North Capitol Street, NW., Suite 825, Washington, DC 20002–4233, Telephone: (202) 357–6938. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Assessment Governing Board is established under section 412 of the National Education Statistics Act of 1994, as amended. The Board is established to formulate policy guidelines for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The Board’s responsibilities include selecting subject areas to be assessed, developing assessment objectives, developing appropriate student achievement levels for each grade and subject tested, developing guidelines for reporting and disseminating results, and developing standards and procedures for interstate and national comparisons. The Assessment Development Committee will meet in closed session on November 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (five hours) to review 19 reading blocks and 25–30 reading passages (approximately 190 cognitive items) for the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Reading assessments at grades 4 and 8. This review is required by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 prior to submission to the Office of Management and Budget PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 62105 for clearance. This is the last review of the 2009 assessment instrument by NAGB. The meeting must be conducted in closed session as disclosure of proposed test items from the NAEP assessments would significantly impede implementation of the NAEP program, and is therefore protected by exemption 9(B) of section 552b(c) of Title 5 U.S.C. On November 17, the Assessment Development Committee and the Committee on Standards, Design, and Methodology will meet in a joint open session from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the Reporting and Dissemination Committee will meet in open session from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Executive Committee will meet in open session on November 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Executive Committee will meet in closed session on November 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. to receive independent government cost estimates from the Associate Commissioner, National Center for Education Statistics for proposed contracts for item development, sample selection, analysis, and reporting of NAEP testing for 2007–2012 and their implications on future NAEP activities. The discussion of independent government cost estimates prior to the development of the Request for Proposals for NAEP 2007–2012 contracts is necessary for ensuring that NAEP contracts meet congressionally mandated goals and adhere to Board policies on NAEP assessments. This part of the meeting must be conducted in closed session because public disclosure of this information would likely have an adverse financial effect on the NAEP program and will provide an advantage to potential bidders attending the meeting. The discussion of this information would be likely to significantly impede implementation of a proposed agency action if conducted in open session. Such matters are protected by exemption 9(B) of section 552b(c) of Title 5 U.S.C. During this closed session, from 5:50 p.m. to 6 p.m. the Executive Committee (only Board members) will discuss a NAGB personnel matter. This discussion pertains solely to internal personnel rules and practices of an agency and will disclose information of a personal nature where disclosure would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. As such, the discussions are protected by exemptions 2 and 6 of section 552b(c) of Title 5 U.S.C. On November 18, the full Board will meet in open session from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. From 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. the Board will approve the agenda, and receive the Executive Director’s report E:\FR\FM\28OCN1.SGM 28OCN1 62106 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 208 / Friday, October 28, 2005 / Notices and an update on the work of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). From 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on November 18, the Board’s standing committees—the Assessment Development Committee; the Committee on Standards, Design, and Methodology; and the Reporting and Dissemination Committees—will meet in open session. The full Board will meet in closed session on November 18 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The Board will receive a briefing from the Associate Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics on NAEP participation by various states affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and these questions about participation will have a direct impact on cost estimates for NCES contracts. The meeting must therefore be conducted in closed session as disclosure of independent cost estimates for NCES contracts would significantly impede implementation of the NAEP contract activities, and is therefore protected by exemption 9(B) of section 552b(c) of Title 5 U.S.C. On November 18, the full Board will meet in open session from 2:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. At 2:15 p.m., Raymond Simon, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education, will administer the Oath of Office to a new Board member. From 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Board members will receive an update and take action on the NAEF 2009 Science Framework project. At 4 p.m. an ethics briefing will be provided to Board members by a staff member from the Office of General Counsel. The November 18 session of the Board meeting will conclude at 4:30 p.m. On November 19, the Nominations Committee will meet from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. in open session. The full Board will convene in open session from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. At 9 a.m., the Board will receive a briefing on the newly formed U.S. Department of Education Higher Education Commission and the relationship of the Commission’s work with the Board’s work on high school assessment. Board actions on policies and Committee reports are scheduled to take place between 10:15 a.m. and 12 p.m., upon which the November 19, 2005 session of the Board meeting will adjourn. Detailed minutes of the meeting, including summaries of the activities of the closed sessions and related matters that are informative to the public and consistent with the policy of section 5 U.S.C. 552b(c) will be available to the public within 14 days of the meeting. Records are kept of all Board proceedings and are available for public inspection at the U.S. Department of VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:15 Oct 27, 2005 Jkt 208001 Education, National Assessment Governing Board, Suite #825, 800 North Capitol Street, NW., Washington, DC, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Dated: October 24, 2005. Charles E. Smith, Executive Director, National Assessment Governing Board. [FR Doc. 05–21495 Filed 10–27–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–M ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [ER–FRL–6668–8] Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Availability of EPA Comments Availability of EPA comments prepared pursuant to the Environmental Review Process (ERP), under section 309 of the Clean Air Act and section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act as amended. Requests for copies of EPA comments can be directed to the Office of Federal Activities at 202–564–7167. An explanation of the ratings assigned to draft environmental impact statements (EISs) was published in FR dated April 1, 2005 (70 FR 16815). Draft EISs EIS No. 20050216, ERP No. D–IBR– K65285–CA, San Luis Drainage Feature Re-evaluation Project, Provide Agricultural Drainage Service to the San Luis Unit, Several Counties, CA. Summary: EPA has concerns about the In-Valley Disposal Alternatives because of uncertainties about treatments to remove selenium from drainage water, the lack of information on contaminant profile and disposal of biotreatment and reverse osmosis brine, and potential environmental effects of evaporation ponds and reuse areas. EPA has environmental objections to the San Francisco Delta and Pacific Ocean Disposal Alternatives because of potential adverse effects to the Delta, Estero Bay, and drinking water supply. Rating EO2. EIS No. 20050222, ERP No. D–FAA– K51042–AZ, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), Construction and Operation of a Terminal, Airfield and Surface Transportation, City of Phoenix, Maricopa County, AZ. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about documentation of alternatives that were eliminated and recommended additional mitigation measures for air quality. Rating EC2. PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 EIS No. 20050293, ERP No. D–WPA– K08030–AZ, Wellton-Mohawk Generating Facility Project, Construction and Operation a Natural Gas-Fired, Combined-Cycle, Electric Generating Stations, Approval for Right-of-Way, Yuma County, AZ. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about potential impacts to water quality, wildlife, and traditional cultural properties, and recommended a (1) commitment to specific additional mitigation measures described in the DEIS, (2) selection of pipeline route Option 2, and (3) construction of the double-circuit Ligurta-to-Dome Tap Transmission Line. EPA also requested additional information on air emissions, the regional natural gas pipelines, exhaust stack height variance, and need for local energy generation. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20050318, ERP No. D–BIA– F65058–MI, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians (the Tribe), Proposes Fee-to-Trust Transfer and Casino Project, Calhoun County, MI. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about potential impacts to waterbodies and traffic safety, and requested additional information on conservation measures. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20050350, ERP No. D–COE– K30022–CA, Encinitas/Solana Beach Shoreline Protection Project, To Protect Public Safety and Reduce Storm-Related Damages to Coastal Structures, Cities of Encinitas and Solana Beach, San Diego County, CA. Summary: EPA expressed environmental concerns about the project’s impacts to water resources, endangered species, and air quality, and requested specific information regarding modeling and post-project monitoring for impacts to these resources. Rating EC2. EIS No. 20050390, ERP No. D–NPS– H65026–IA, Hoover Creek Stream Management Plan, Implementation, Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, IA Summary: EPA has no objections to the proposed project. Rating LO. Final EISs EIS No. 20050263, ERP No. F–AFS– K65280–CA, Power Fire Restoration Project, To Reduce Long-Term Fuel Loading for the Purpose of Reducing Future Severity and Resistance to Control, Amador Ranger District, Eldorado National Forest, Amado County, CA. Summary: EPA continues to have concerns about ground disturbing E:\FR\FM\28OCN1.SGM 28OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 208 (Friday, October 28, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 62105-62106]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-21495]


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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


National Assessment Governing Board; Meeting

AGENCY: National Assessment Governing Board; Education.

ACTION: Notice of open meeting and partially closed meetings.

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SUMMARY: The notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a 
forthcoming meeting of the National Assessment Governing Board. This 
notice also describes the functions of the Board. Notice of this 
meeting is required under section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act. This document is intended to notify members of the 
general public of their opportunity to attend. Individuals who will 
need special accommodations in order to attend the meeting (i.e. 
interpreting services, assistive listening devices, materials in 
alternative format) should notify Munira Mwalimu at 202-357-6938 or at 
Munira.Mwalimu@ed.gov no later than November 1, 2005. We will attempt 
to meet requests after this date, but cannot guarantee availability of 
the requested accommodation. The meeting site is accessible to 
individuals with disabilities.

DATES: November 17-19, 2005

Times

November 17

Committee Meetings
    Assessment Development Committee: Closed Session--9 a.m. to 2 p.m.;
    Assessment Development Committee and Committee on Standards, Design 
and Methodology (Joint Meeting): Open Session--2 p.m. to 4 p.m.;
    Reporting and Dissemination Committee: Open Session--2 p.m. to 4 
p.m.;
    Executive Committee: Open Session--4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Closed 
Session 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

November 18

    Full Board: Open Session--8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Closed Session 12 
p.m. to 2 p.m.; Open Session 2:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Committee Meetings
    Assessment Development Committee: Open Session--9:30 a.m. to 12 
p.m.;
    Committee on Standards, Design and Methodology: Open Session--9:30 
a.m. to 12 p.m.;
    Reporting and Dissemination Committee: Open Session--9:30 a.m. to 
12 p.m.;

November 19

    Nominations Committee: Open Session--7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
    Full Board: Open Session--9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Location: Sheraton National Hotel Arlington, 900 South Orme Street, 
Arlington, VA 22204.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Munira Mwalimu, Operations Officer, 
National Assessment Governing Board, 800 North Capitol Street, NW., 
Suite 825, Washington, DC 20002-4233, Telephone: (202) 357-6938.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Assessment Governing Board is 
established under section 412 of the National Education Statistics Act 
of 1994, as amended.
    The Board is established to formulate policy guidelines for the 
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The Board's 
responsibilities include selecting subject areas to be assessed, 
developing assessment objectives, developing appropriate student 
achievement levels for each grade and subject tested, developing 
guidelines for reporting and disseminating results, and developing 
standards and procedures for interstate and national comparisons.
    The Assessment Development Committee will meet in closed session on 
November 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (five hours) to review 19 reading 
blocks and 25-30 reading passages (approximately 190 cognitive items) 
for the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Reading 
assessments at grades 4 and 8. This review is required by the No Child 
Left Behind Act of 2001 prior to submission to the Office of Management 
and Budget for clearance. This is the last review of the 2009 
assessment instrument by NAGB. The meeting must be conducted in closed 
session as disclosure of proposed test items from the NAEP assessments 
would significantly impede implementation of the NAEP program, and is 
therefore protected by exemption 9(B) of section 552b(c) of Title 5 
U.S.C.
    On November 17, the Assessment Development Committee and the 
Committee on Standards, Design, and Methodology will meet in a joint 
open session from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the Reporting and Dissemination 
Committee will meet in open session from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    The Executive Committee will meet in open session on November 17 
from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Executive Committee will meet in closed 
session on November 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. to receive 
independent government cost estimates from the Associate Commissioner, 
National Center for Education Statistics for proposed contracts for 
item development, sample selection, analysis, and reporting of NAEP 
testing for 2007-2012 and their implications on future NAEP activities. 
The discussion of independent government cost estimates prior to the 
development of the Request for Proposals for NAEP 2007-2012 contracts 
is necessary for ensuring that NAEP contracts meet congressionally 
mandated goals and adhere to Board policies on NAEP assessments. This 
part of the meeting must be conducted in closed session because public 
disclosure of this information would likely have an adverse financial 
effect on the NAEP program and will provide an advantage to potential 
bidders attending the meeting. The discussion of this information would 
be likely to significantly impede implementation of a proposed agency 
action if conducted in open session. Such matters are protected by 
exemption 9(B) of section 552b(c) of Title 5 U.S.C.
    During this closed session, from 5:50 p.m. to 6 p.m. the Executive 
Committee (only Board members) will discuss a NAGB personnel matter. 
This discussion pertains solely to internal personnel rules and 
practices of an agency and will disclose information of a personal 
nature where disclosure would constitute an unwarranted invasion of 
personal privacy. As such, the discussions are protected by exemptions 
2 and 6 of section 552b(c) of Title 5 U.S.C.
    On November 18, the full Board will meet in open session from 8:30 
a.m. to 12 p.m. From 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. the Board will approve the 
agenda, and receive the Executive Director's report

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and an update on the work of the National Center for Education 
Statistics (NCES).
    From 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on November 18, the Board's standing 
committees--the Assessment Development Committee; the Committee on 
Standards, Design, and Methodology; and the Reporting and Dissemination 
Committees--will meet in open session.
    The full Board will meet in closed session on November 18 from 12 
p.m. to 2 p.m. The Board will receive a briefing from the Associate 
Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics on NAEP 
participation by various states affected by hurricanes Katrina and 
Rita, and these questions about participation will have a direct impact 
on cost estimates for NCES contracts. The meeting must therefore be 
conducted in closed session as disclosure of independent cost estimates 
for NCES contracts would significantly impede implementation of the 
NAEP contract activities, and is therefore protected by exemption 9(B) 
of section 552b(c) of Title 5 U.S.C.
    On November 18, the full Board will meet in open session from 2:15 
p.m. to 4:30 p.m. At 2:15 p.m., Raymond Simon, U.S. Deputy Secretary of 
Education, will administer the Oath of Office to a new Board member. 
From 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Board members will receive an update and take 
action on the NAEF 2009 Science Framework project. At 4 p.m. an ethics 
briefing will be provided to Board members by a staff member from the 
Office of General Counsel. The November 18 session of the Board meeting 
will conclude at 4:30 p.m.
    On November 19, the Nominations Committee will meet from 7:45 p.m. 
to 8:45 p.m. in open session. The full Board will convene in open 
session from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. At 9 a.m., the Board will receive a 
briefing on the newly formed U.S. Department of Education Higher 
Education Commission and the relationship of the Commission's work with 
the Board's work on high school assessment. Board actions on policies 
and Committee reports are scheduled to take place between 10:15 a.m. 
and 12 p.m., upon which the November 19, 2005 session of the Board 
meeting will adjourn.
    Detailed minutes of the meeting, including summaries of the 
activities of the closed sessions and related matters that are 
informative to the public and consistent with the policy of section 5 
U.S.C. 552b(c) will be available to the public within 14 days of the 
meeting. Records are kept of all Board proceedings and are available 
for public inspection at the U.S. Department of Education, National 
Assessment Governing Board, Suite 825, 800 North Capitol 
Street, NW., Washington, DC, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard 
Time.

    Dated: October 24, 2005.
Charles E. Smith,
Executive Director, National Assessment Governing Board.
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