Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request, 72640-72642 [05-23644]

Download as PDF 72640 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 233 / Tuesday, December 6, 2005 / Notices Number of respondents Instrument Year 1 (2006) Head Start Parent Interview .................................................................. Head Start Child Assessment ............................................................... Teacher Child Rating ............................................................................. Program Director Interview .................................................................... Center Director Interview ....................................................................... Education Coordinator Interview ........................................................... Teacher Interview .................................................................................. 2,800 2,800 350 60 120 120 350 Year 1 Total .................................................................................... 6,600 Year 2 (2007) Head Start Parent Interview .................................................................. Head Start Child Assessment ............................................................... Teacher Child Rating ............................................................................. Family Service Coordinator Interview .................................................... Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response 1.00 0.66 0.25 1.00 1.00 0.75 1.00 2,800 1,848 700 60 120 90 350 ............................ .......................... 5,968 2,400 2,400 350 120 1 1 6.75 1 0.75 0.66 0.25 0.75 1,800 1,584 591 90 Year 2 Total .................................................................................... 5,270 ............................ .......................... 4,065 Year 3 (2008) Head Start Parent Interview .................................................................. Head Start Child Assessment ............................................................... Teacher Child Rating ............................................................................. Kindergarten Parent Interview ............................................................... Kindergarten Child Assessment ............................................................ Kindergarten Teacher Questionnaire .................................................... 850 850 175 1,110 1,110 1,110 0.75 0.66 0.25 0.75 0.75 0.50 638 561 197 833 833 555 Year 3 Total .................................................................................... 5,205 .......................... 3,615 Year 4 (2009) Kindergarten Parent Interview ............................................................... Kindergarten Child Assessment ............................................................ Kindergarten Teacher Questionnaire .................................................... 725 725 725 0.75 0.75 0.50 544 544 363 Year 4 Total .................................................................................... 2,175 .......................... 1,450 Estimated Total Burden Hours: 15,101. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours (average of 4 years): 3,775. In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described above. Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Administration, Office of Information Services, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. E-mail address: infocollection@acf.hhs.gov. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection. The Department specifically requests comments on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:44 Dec 05, 2005 Jkt 205001 1 1 8 1 1 1 1 Total burden hours 1 1 4.5 1 1 1 ............................ 1 1 1 ............................ proposed collection of information; (c) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication. Dated: November 30, 2005. Robert Sargis, Reports Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 05–23643 Filed 12–5–05; 8:45 am] Purposes BILLING CODE 4184–01–M DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Title: Field Test of Social-Emotional Measures and Modified Assessment Measures for the Head Start National Reporting System. PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 OMB No.: New Collection. Description: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is requesting comments on plans to conduct the Field Test of Social-Emotional Measures and Modified Assessment Measures for the Head Start National Reporting System (HSNRS). This field test is being conducted under contract with Westat (with subcontractors Xtria and Pearson Educational Measurement) (HHS23320052902YC) to examine new and modified measures for HSNRS. Sfmt 4703 The purposes of the field test are to expand NSNRS’s coverage of the domain elements of the Head Start Outcomes Framework and to improve the performance of the current HSNRS assessment battery. ACF has been urged to expand the coverage of NSNRS to include non-cognitive domains, in recognition of the ‘‘whole child’’ orientation of Head Start, in particular, social and emotional development. To that end, the Technical Work Group of HSNRS has discussed and reviewed potential measures of social-emotional E:\FR\FM\06DEN1.SGM 06DEN1 72641 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 233 / Tuesday, December 6, 2005 / Notices development and has identified several existing, ratings-based measures as candidates for field testing. Further, the Technical Work Group has also endorsed expanding the coverage of HSNRS to the Physical Health and Development domains of the Head Start Outcomes Framework. Finally, the Quality Assurance Study’s findings, Technical Work Group recommendations and findings from psychometric analysis of first-year implementation data have suggested some areas for improvement to the current HSNRS assessment battery. In addition, the field test will also examine the effectiveness of training procedures and relative feasibility of the selected measures with a diverse set of Head Start programs, staff, and children. Teacher-Reported Measures of SocialEmotional Development Five teacher-reported measures of social-emotional development will be field tested. These measures have been used in the Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) or National Head Start Impact Study (NHSIS), as listed below. • Cooperative Classroom Behavior; • Problem Behaviors; • Preschool Learning Behavior Scale (PLBS); • Student-Teacher Relationship Scale (STRS): Short form; and • Adjustment Scales for Preschool Intervention (ASPI). Modifications to Current HSNRS Assessment Battery Modifications to the current HSNRS assessment battery include: • A new language screener; • New Letter Naming task; and • New items in Early Math Skills task using manipulatives. Health Records Extract The field test will also examine the feasibility of collecting child health information from Head Start programs. It is intended to expand HSNRS coverage to include health status, child safety, and linkages to health care. Based on the collected information, indicators of health services provided by local Head Start programs can be developed. The child health information includes: • Height; • Weight; • Immunization status; • Dental care records; and • Occurrences of child injuries requiring medical attention at each center. Sample The national probability sample of Head Start programs will consist of 30 programs, including four Native American programs, selected with probability proportional to size. From each program, up to 6 classrooms will be selected (each classroom will be taught by a different teacher). This will result in a sample of approximately 1,440 children and 180 Head Start teachers. Training A ‘‘training-the-trainers’’ approach will be used to train the field test participants. The participants will be certified in the field-tested measures and procedures and return to their programs to train local Head Start staff on the social-emotional measures. The effectiveness of the ‘‘train-thetrainers’’ training procedures and materials for the field-tested assessment measures will be examined. Information from feedback surveys completed by training participants will be analyzed to find areas that need improvement. Data Collection Social-emotional development measures will be completed by the lead teacher of each classroom. In order to examine inter-rater reliability, teacher ratings will be collected independently by the lead teacher and by another staff member in the same classroom (e.g., an assistant teacher), if available and qualified. For modified HSNRS child assessment measures, contractor field staff will conduct the field-test measures. Respondents: Head Start Children and Head Start Staff Annual Burden Estimates FALL 2005 Number of respondents Instruments Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response Total burden hours 240 Training on Field Test Measures Head Start Staff: Participate in Training-the-Trainers Training ..................... 30 1 8 Head Start Staff: Review Self-Study Materials on Teacher-Reported Ratings of Social-Emotional Development ...................................................... Head Start Trainers: Complete Feedback Survey on Training Procedures Head Start Staff: Complete Feedback Survey on Training Procedures ....... 360 30 360 1 1 1 1 12 1 ⁄ 1⁄12 360 2.5 30 Field Test of Teacher-Reported Ratings of Social-Emotional Development Head Start Lead Teacher: Complete Teacher-Reported Ratings ................. Head Start Classroom Staff: Complete Parallel Teacher-Reported Ratings Head Start Children: Participate in Social-Emotional Skills Direct Assessment ........................................................................................................... 180 180 8 8 14 ⁄ ⁄ 270 1 14 14 ⁄ 360 360 67.5 Field Test of Modifications to Current HSNRS Direct Child Assessment Battery Head Start Children: Participate in Modified Measures ................................ 1,440 1 14 ⁄ 360 30 48 1 12 ⁄ 120 30 3 1 12 ⁄ 7.5 30 3 1 12 ⁄ 7.5 Field Test of Collection of Child Health Information Head Start Staff: Collect & Submit Child Health Info .................................... Head Start Staff: Demonstrate Procedures for Collecting Height and Weight Information ..................................................................................... Head Start Children: Participate in Demonstration of Procedures for Collecting Height and Weight Information ....................................................... VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:44 Dec 05, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\06DEN1.SGM 06DEN1 72642 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 233 / Tuesday, December 6, 2005 / Notices FALL 2005—Continued Number of respondents Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response Head Start Staff: Complete Feedback Survey on Child Health Data collection Procedures .......................................................................................... 30 1 1 12 2.5 Fall 2005 Totals ...................................................................................... 2,970 ........................ ........................ 1,917.5 Number of respondents Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per response Total burden hours 30 1 8 240 360 30 1 1 1 1 12 360 2.5 Instruments Total burden hours ⁄ SPRING 2006 Instruments Training on Field Test Measures Head Start Staff: Participate in Training-the-Trainers Training ..................... Head Start Staff: Review Self-Study Materials on Teacher-Reported Ratings of Social-Emotional Development ...................................................... Head Start Trainers: Complete Feedback Survey on Training Procedures ⁄ Field Test of Teacher-Reported Ratings of Social-Emotional Development Head Start Lead Teacher: Complete Teacher-Reported Ratings ................. Head Start Classroom Staff: Complete Parallel Teacher-Reported Ratings Head Start Children: Participate in Social-Emotional Skills Direct Assessment ........................................................................................................... 180 180 8 8 14 ⁄ ⁄ 270 1 14 14 ⁄ 360 360 67.5 Field Test of Modifications to Current HSNRS Direct Child Assessment Battery Head Start Children: Participate in Modified Measures ................................ 1,440 1 14 ⁄ 360 ⁄ Field Test of Collection of Child Health Information Head Start Staff: Collect & Submit Child Health Info .................................... 30 48 1 12 120 Spring 2006 Totals ................................................................................. 2,520 ........................ ........................ 1,870 Grand Totals for Fall 2005 & Spring 2006 ...................................... 5,490 ........................ ........................ 3,787.5 Additional Information: Copies of the proposed collection may be obtained by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Administration, Office of Information Services, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection. E-mail address: infocollection@acf.hhs.gov. OMB Comment: OMB is required to make a decision concerning the collection of information between 30 and 60 days after publication of this document in the Federal Register. Therefore, a comment is best assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent directly to following: Office of Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project, Attn: Desk Officer for ACF, E-mail address: Katherine_T._Astrich@omb.eop.gov. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:44 Dec 05, 2005 Jkt 205001 Dated: November 30, 2005. Robert Sargis, Reports Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 05–23644 Filed 12–5–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–01–M DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Indian Health Service Albuquerque Area Office (GFC), Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority Office of the Area Director (GFC1) By specific delegation from the Director, Indian Health Service (IHS), the Office of the Area Director, plans, develops, directs and evaluates the area’s activities within the framework of IHS policy in pursuit of the IHS mission by: (1) Assuring professional fiscal accountability at all levels within the Albuquerque Area and maximization of revenue generation; (2) assuring all product and service quality is routinely PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 evaluated, with supporting documentation of continuous monitoring and performance improvement; (3) assuring the public health by continuous improvement in preventive activities; and (4) fostering and expecting, accepting no less than maximum effort, in communication and collaboration efforts with IHS and nonIHS sources and sources all within the legal framework of the Agency. Tribal Support Staff Office The Tribal Support Staff Office is responsible for four major program activities: (1) Tribal consultation; (2) program planning, analysis, and evaluation methodologies and activities; (3) Public Law 93–638 Indian SelfDetermination; and (4) Tribal liaison activities. Office of Operational Support (GFC2) The Office of Operational Support is responsible for the overall fiscal accountability of the Albuquerque Area. This includes the supervision and management of: (1) All fiscal and E:\FR\FM\06DEN1.SGM 06DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    Title: Field Test of Social-Emotional Measures and Modified 
Assessment Measures for the Head Start National Reporting System.
    OMB No.: New Collection.
    Description: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of 
the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is requesting 
comments on plans to conduct the Field Test of Social-Emotional 
Measures and Modified Assessment Measures for the Head Start National 
Reporting System (HSNRS). This field test is being conducted under 
contract with Westat (with subcontractors Xtria and Pearson Educational 
Measurement) (HHS23320052902YC) to examine new and modified measures 
for HSNRS.

Purposes

    The purposes of the field test are to expand NSNRS's coverage of 
the domain elements of the Head Start Outcomes Framework and to improve 
the performance of the current HSNRS assessment battery. ACF has been 
urged to expand the coverage of NSNRS to include non-cognitive domains, 
in recognition of the ``whole child'' orientation of Head Start, in 
particular, social and emotional development. To that end, the 
Technical Work Group of HSNRS has discussed and reviewed potential 
measures of social-emotional

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development and has identified several existing, ratings-based measures 
as candidates for field testing. Further, the Technical Work Group has 
also endorsed expanding the coverage of HSNRS to the Physical Health 
and Development domains of the Head Start Outcomes Framework. Finally, 
the Quality Assurance Study's findings, Technical Work Group 
recommendations and findings from psychometric analysis of first-year 
implementation data have suggested some areas for improvement to the 
current HSNRS assessment battery.
    In addition, the field test will also examine the effectiveness of 
training procedures and relative feasibility of the selected measures 
with a diverse set of Head Start programs, staff, and children.

Teacher-Reported Measures of Social-Emotional Development

    Five teacher-reported measures of social-emotional development will 
be field tested. These measures have been used in the Family and Child 
Experiences Survey (FACES) or National Head Start Impact Study (NHSIS), 
as listed below.
     Cooperative Classroom Behavior;
     Problem Behaviors;
     Preschool Learning Behavior Scale (PLBS);
     Student-Teacher Relationship Scale (STRS): Short form; and
     Adjustment Scales for Preschool Intervention (ASPI).

Modifications to Current HSNRS Assessment Battery

    Modifications to the current HSNRS assessment battery include:
     A new language screener;
     New Letter Naming task; and
     New items in Early Math Skills task using manipulatives.

Health Records Extract

    The field test will also examine the feasibility of collecting 
child health information from Head Start programs. It is intended to 
expand HSNRS coverage to include health status, child safety, and 
linkages to health care. Based on the collected information, indicators 
of health services provided by local Head Start programs can be 
developed. The child health information includes:
     Height;
     Weight;
     Immunization status;
     Dental care records; and
     Occurrences of child injuries requiring medical attention 
at each center.

Sample

    The national probability sample of Head Start programs will consist 
of 30 programs, including four Native American programs, selected with 
probability proportional to size. From each program, up to 6 classrooms 
will be selected (each classroom will be taught by a different 
teacher). This will result in a sample of approximately 1,440 children 
and 180 Head Start teachers.

Training

    A ``training-the-trainers'' approach will be used to train the 
field test participants. The participants will be certified in the 
field-tested measures and procedures and return to their programs to 
train local Head Start staff on the social-emotional measures.
    The effectiveness of the ``train-the-trainers'' training procedures 
and materials for the field-tested assessment measures will be 
examined. Information from feedback surveys completed by training 
participants will be analyzed to find areas that need improvement.

Data Collection

    Social-emotional development measures will be completed by the lead 
teacher of each classroom. In order to examine inter-rater reliability, 
teacher ratings will be collected independently by the lead teacher and 
by another staff member in the same classroom (e.g., an assistant 
teacher), if available and qualified.
    For modified HSNRS child assessment measures, contractor field 
staff will conduct the field-test measures.
    Respondents: Head Start Children and Head Start Staff

Annual Burden Estimates

                                                    Fall 2005
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                                                                    Number of    Average burden
                  Instruments                       Number of     responses per     hours per      Total burden
                                                   respondents     respondent       response          hours
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                         Training on Field Test Measures
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Head Start Staff: Participate in Training-the-               30               1               8            240
 Trainers Training.............................
------------------------------------------------
Head Start Staff: Review Self-Study Materials               360               1               1            360
 on Teacher-Reported Ratings of Social-
 Emotional Development.........................
Head Start Trainers: Complete Feedback Survey                30               1          \1/12\              2.5
 on Training Procedures........................
Head Start Staff: Complete Feedback Survey on               360               1          \1/12\             30
 Training Procedures...........................
------------------------------------------------
                     Field Test of Teacher-Reported Ratings of Social-Emotional Development
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Head Start Lead Teacher: Complete Teacher-                  180               8           \1/4\            360
 Reported Ratings..............................
Head Start Classroom Staff: Complete Parallel               180               8           \1/4\            360
 Teacher-Reported Ratings......................
Head Start Children: Participate in Social-                 270               1           \1/4\             67.5
 Emotional Skills Direct Assessment............
------------------------------------------------
                  Field Test of Modifications to Current HSNRS Direct Child Assessment Battery
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Head Start Children: Participate in Modified              1,440               1           \1/4\            360
 Measures......................................
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                              Field Test of Collection of Child Health Information
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Head Start Staff: Collect & Submit Child Health              30              48          \1/12\            120
 Info..........................................
Head Start Staff: Demonstrate Procedures for                 30               3          \1/12\              7.5
 Collecting Height and Weight Information......
Head Start Children: Participate in                          30               3          \1/12\              7.5
 Demonstration of Procedures for Collecting
 Height and Weight Information.................

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Head Start Staff: Complete Feedback Survey on                30               1          \1/12\              2.5
 Child Health Data collection Procedures.......
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    Fall 2005 Totals...........................           2,970  ..............  ..............          1,917.5
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                                                   Spring 2006
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                                                                    Number of    Average burden
                  Instruments                       Number of     responses per     hours per      Total burden
                                                   respondents     respondent       response          hours
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                         Training on Field Test Measures
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Head Start Staff: Participate in Training-the-               30               1               8            240
 Trainers Training.............................
Head Start Staff: Review Self-Study Materials               360               1               1            360
 on Teacher-Reported Ratings of Social-
 Emotional Development.........................
Head Start Trainers: Complete Feedback Survey                30               1          \1/12\              2.5
 on Training Procedures........................
------------------------------------------------
                     Field Test of Teacher-Reported Ratings of Social-Emotional Development
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Head Start Lead Teacher: Complete Teacher-                  180               8           \1/4\            360
 Reported Ratings..............................
Head Start Classroom Staff: Complete Parallel               180               8           \1/4\            360
 Teacher-Reported Ratings......................
Head Start Children: Participate in Social-                 270               1           \1/4\             67.5
 Emotional Skills Direct Assessment............
------------------------------------------------
                  Field Test of Modifications to Current HSNRS Direct Child Assessment Battery
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Head Start Children: Participate in Modified              1,440               1           \1/4\            360
 Measures......................................
------------------------------------------------
                              Field Test of Collection of Child Health Information
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Head Start Staff: Collect & Submit Child Health              30              48          \1/12\            120
 Info..........................................
                                                -----------------
    Spring 2006 Totals.........................           2,520  ..............  ..............          1,870
                                                -----------------
        Grand Totals for Fall 2005 & Spring               5,490  ..............  ..............          3,787.5
         2006..................................
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    Additional Information: Copies of the proposed collection may be 
obtained by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, 
Office of Administration, Office of Information Services, 370 L'Enfant 
Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance 
Officer. All requests should be identified by the title of the 
information collection. E-mail address: infocollection@acf.hhs.gov.
    OMB Comment: OMB is required to make a decision concerning the 
collection of information between 30 and 60 days after publication of 
this document in the Federal Register. Therefore, a comment is best 
assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of 
publication. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed 
information collection should be sent directly to following: Office of 
Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project, Attn: Desk Officer 
for ACF, E-mail address: Katherine--T.--Astrich@omb.eop.gov.

    Dated: November 30, 2005.
Robert Sargis,
Reports Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 05-23644 Filed 12-5-05; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4184-01-M