National Assessment Governing Board; Meeting, 43065-43067 [2012-17802]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 141 / Monday, July 23, 2012 / Notices Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics on scientific and technical matters as they affect the perceived needs of the Department of Defense. At this meeting, the Board will discuss interim finding and recommendations resulting from ongoing Task Force activities. The Board will also discuss plans for future consideration of scientific and technical aspects of specific strategies, tactics, and policies as they may affect the U.S. national defense posture and homeland security. DATES: August 20–24, 2012, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ADDRESSES: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Room 7137, Cambridge, MA. Ms. Debra Rose, Executive Officer, Defense Science Board, 3140 Defense Pentagon, Room 3B888A, Washington, DC 20301– 3140, via email at debra.rose@osd.mil, or via phone at (703) 571–0084. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92–463, as amended (5 U.S.C. App. 2) and 41 CFR 102–3.155, the Department of Defense has determined that these Defense Science Board Quarterly meetings will be closed to the public. Specifically, the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics), with the coordination of the DoD Office of General Counsel, has determined in writing that all sessions of these meetings will be closed to the public because they will be concerned throughout with matters listed in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(1) and (4). Interested persons may submit a written statement for consideration by the Defense Science Board. Individuals submitting a written statement must submit their statement to the Designated Federal Official at the address detailed in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT; at any point, however, if a written statement is not received at least 10 calendar days prior to the meeting, which is the subject of this notice, then it may not be provided to or considered by the Defense Science Board. The Designated Federal Official will review all timely submissions with the Defense Science Board Chairperson, and ensure they are provided to members of the Defense Science Board before the meeting that is the subject of this notice. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dated: July 18, 2012. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 2012–17813 Filed 7–20–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:21 Jul 20, 2012 Jkt 226001 DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION National Assessment Governing Board; Meeting U.S. Department of Education, National Assessment Governing Board. ACTION: Notice of Open and Closed Meeting Sessions. AGENCY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda for the upcoming meeting of the National Assessment Governing Board (Board) and also describes the specific functions of the Board. Notice of this meeting is required under Section 10 (a) (2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. This notice is issued to provide members of the general public with an opportunity to attend and/or provide comments. Individuals who will need special accommodations in order to attend the meeting (e.g., 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 July 27, 2012. 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. SUMMARY: August 2–4, 2012. Times: DATES: August 2 Committee Meetings Assessment Development Committee (ADC): Closed Session: 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; Open Session: 3:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Executive Committee: Open Session: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.; Closed Session: 5:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m. August 3 Full Board: Open Session: 8:30 a.m.– 9:45 a.m.; Closed Session: 12:45 p.m.– 1:45 p.m.; Open Session: 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Committee Meetings Assessment Development Committee (ADC): Open Session: 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.; Closed Session: 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Reporting and Dissemination Committee (R&D): Open Session: 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Committee on Standards, Design and Methodology (COSDAM): Open Session: 10:00 a.m. –11:30 a.m.; Closed Session: 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. August 4 Nominations Committee: Closed Session: 7:30 a.m.–8:15 a.m. PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43065 Full Board: Open Session: 8:30 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. Location: St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th and K Streets NW., Washington DC 20006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Munira Mwalimu, Executive 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 (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 the following: selecting subject areas to be assessed, developing assessment frameworks and specifications, developing appropriate student achievement levels for each grade and subject tested, developing standards and procedures for interstate and national comparisons, developing guidelines for reporting and disseminating results, and releasing initial NAEP results to the public. The Governing Board‘s standing committees, the Assessment Development Committee and the Executive Committee, will convene on August 2, 2012. From 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Assessment Development Committee (ADC) will meet in closed session to review secure computerbased tasks and test materials for the NAEP 2014 Technology and Engineering Literacy Assessment at grade 8. During the closed session, ADC members will be provided specific test materials for review which are not yet available for release to the general public. Premature disclosure of these secure test items and materials would compromise the integrity and substantially impede implementation of the NAEP assessments and is therefore protected by exemption 9(B) of section 552b(c) of Title 5 of the United States Code. Following this closed session, the Committee will meet in open session from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to discuss NAEP Preparedness Reporting. The Executive Committee will meet on August 2, 2012 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in open session and thereafter in closed session from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. At 4:45 p.m. the Executive Committee will discuss the election of the Board Vice Chair for a term beginning October 1, 2012. During the closed session, the Executive Committee will receive and discuss the current procurement plans and independent E:\FR\FM\23JYN1.SGM 23JYN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 43066 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 141 / Monday, July 23, 2012 / Notices government cost estimates from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) staff for proposed item development, data collection, scoring and analysis, and reporting of National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results for 2013–2017, and their implications on future NAEP activities. The discussion of independent government cost estimates for the NAEP 2013–2017 contracts is necessary for ensuring that NAEP contracts meet congressionally mandated goals and adhere to Board policies on NAEP Assessments available at www.nagb.org/ policies.html. 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 would provide an advantage to potential bidders attending an open meeting. 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. On August 3, 2012, the full Board will meet in open session from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., followed by a closed session from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. and thereafter in open session from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. From 8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. on August 3, the Board will review and approve the August 2012 meeting agenda and meeting minutes from the May 2012 Board meeting, followed by the Chairman’s remarks. From 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. the Board will receive a briefing on the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) and NAEP. From 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., the Executive Director of the Governing Board will provide a report to the Board, followed by updates from the Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Director of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Following these sessions, the Board will recess for Committee meetings from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Reporting and Dissemination Committee will meet in open session from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Assessment Development Committee (ADC) will meet in open session from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and thereafter in closed sessions from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. During the first closed session, the ADC will receive secure results from two NAEP studies: the NAEP Mathematics Knowledge and Skills Appropriate Study (KaSA) at grade 8 and results from the 2011 NAEP Grade 4 Computer-Based Writing Pilot. VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:21 Jul 20, 2012 Jkt 226001 The briefing and discussions on these two special studies must be conducted in closed session because the ADC members will be provided with results which are under an NCES embargo and not yet available for release to the general public. Premature disclosure of these secure test items and materials would compromise the integrity and substantially impede implementation of the NAEP assessments and is therefore protected by exemption 9(B) of section 552b(c) of Title 5 of the United States Code. The Committee on Standards, Design and Methodology (COSDAM) will meet in open session from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and thereafter in closed session from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. During the closed session, the Committee will receive two briefings: First, the results of a multi-stage adaptive assessment will be presented to brief the Committee on analyses of response time indicators of student engagement. The session will need to be closed in order to present information about differential response times associated with specific items included in the secure NAEP assessment. The Committee will be provided with secure results that have not been approved for release and therefore cannot be disclosed to the general public at this time. Premature disclosure of these secure data would significantly impede implementation of the NAEP assessments and reporting, and is therefore protected by exemption 9(B) of section 552b(c) of Title 5 U.S.C. During the second part of the closed session, NCES staff will provide a briefing on the procurement plans for conducting an evaluation of the NAEP achievement levels. COSDAM oversees the development of NAEP achievement levels. Members will discuss the subjects and grades to be included in the evaluation. This part of the meeting must be conducted in closed session because the solicitation has not been released. Public disclosure of this information would likely have an adverse financial effect on the NAEP program and would provide an advantage to potential bidders attending an open meeting. 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. On August 3, 2012 from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. the full Board will meet in closed session to receive and discuss results of the NAEP 2011 Writing Report Card at grades 8 and 12. The briefing will include secure items and embargoed assessment data and results PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 that cannot be discussed in an open meeting prior to their official release. Premature disclosure of these results would significantly impede implementation of the NAEP assessment program, and is therefore protected by exemption 9(B) of section 552b(c) of Title 5 United States Code. After the closed session, the Board will meet in the following open sessions: From 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., the Board will receive a briefing on the Common Core State Standards and Assessments from the PARCC Assessment Consortium and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. From 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Board will receive a briefing on the Race to the Top Implementation and NAEP. The August 3, 2012 session of the Board meeting is scheduled to adjourn at 4:00 p.m. On August 4, 2012, the Nominations Committee will meet in closed session from 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. to discuss potential candidates for Board terms beginning October 1, 2013. The Committee discussions pertain solely to internal personnel rules and practices of an agency and 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 of the United States Code. On August 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. the full Board will meet in open session to discuss its ongoing work on Making a Difference, Reporting NAEP 12th Grade Academic Preparedness Research, Parent Engagement, and NAEP and Common Core State Standards and Assessments. The Board will also discuss plans for the Board’s 25th Anniversary. From 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. the Board will receive Committee reports and take action on Committee recommendations. The August 4, 2012 meeting is scheduled to adjourn at 12:00 p.m. 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 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Electronic Access to This Document: You may view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in E:\FR\FM\23JYN1.SGM 23JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 141 / Monday, July 23, 2012 / Notices text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/news/ fedregister/index.html. To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free at 1–866–512–1800; or in the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512–0000. Note: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/ index.html. Dated: July 17, 2012. Mary Crovo, Deputy Executive Director, National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), U.S. Department of Education. [FR Doc. 2012–17802 Filed 7–20–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Improvement Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101– 440). Tentative Agenda: Receive an update on the activities of the STEAB’s Task Forces, review letters and resolutions transmitted to EERE on behalf of the STEAB, and provide an update to the Board on routine business matters and other topics of interest. Public Participation: The meeting is open to the public. Written statements may be filed with the Board either before or after the meeting. Members of the public who wish to make oral statements pertaining to agenda items should contact Gil Sperling at the address or telephone number listed above. Requests to make oral comments must be received five days prior to the meeting; reasonable provisions will be made to include requested topic(s) on the agenda. The Chair of the Board is empowered to conduct the meeting in a fashion that will facilitate the orderly conduct of business. Minutes: The minutes of the meeting will be available for public review and copying within 60 days on the STEAB Web site at: www.steab.org. State Energy Advisory Board Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of open teleconference. Issued at Washington, DC, on July 13, 2012. LaTanya R. Butler, Acting Deputy Committee Management Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–17877 Filed 7–20–12; 8:45 am] AGENCY: This notice announces a teleconference call of the State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92– 463; 86 Stat.770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register. DATES: Thursday, August 16, 2012, 3:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. (EST). To receive the call-in number and passcode, please contact the Board’s Designated Federal Officer (DFO) at the address or phone number listed below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gil Sperling, STEAB Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 1000 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20585. Phone number: (202) 287–1644. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Purpose of the Board: To make recommendations to the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy regarding goals and objectives, programmatic and administrative policies, and to otherwise carry out the Board’s responsibilities as designated in the State Energy Efficiency Programs mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:21 Jul 20, 2012 Jkt 226001 BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY U.S. Energy Information Administration Proposed Agency Information Collection U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Department of Energy (DOE). ACTION: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Information Collection; Notice and Request for Comments. AGENCY: The EIA is soliciting comments on the proposed reinstatement, and three-year approval to the Form GC–859, ‘‘Nuclear Fuel Data Survey’’ (previously designated as the Form RW–859, ‘‘Nuclear Fuel Data Survey’’) that EIA is developing for submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 (42 U.S.C. 10101 et seq.) required that the DOE enter into Standard Contracts with all generators or owners of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste of SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43067 domestic origin in 1983. This data collection evolved from an Appendix to this Standard Contract. Appendix B to the Standard Contract required that spent nuclear fuel discharge, storage, and projection information be collected annually. The annual version of the Form RW–859 survey was collected for the survey years from 1983 through 1995. Due to budgetary constraints, the survey was collected periodically for survey years 1998 and 2002, covering multi-year periods. The survey containing data as of December 31, 2002 was collected during 2003 and is the most recent data on spent nuclear fuel discharges and storage available within DOE. Lack of funding resulted in the form being discontinued in 2009. With the transfer of certain functions between Offices of the DOE and with the need to collect data for other Offices within DOE, the data collection authorization is now under the auspices of the Office of the General Counsel (GC) and the form will be redesignated as the Form GC– 859. Comments are invited 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 proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance 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. DATES: Comments regarding this proposed information collection must be received by September 21, 2012. If you anticipate difficulty in submitting comments within that period, contact the person listed in ADDRESSES as soon as possible. ADDRESSES: Send comments to Marta Gospodarczyk. To ensure receipt of the comments by the due date, submission by Fax (202–586–3045) or email (marta.gospodarczyk@eia.gov) is recommended. The mailing address is Office of Electricity, Coal, Nuclear, and Renewables Analysis, EI–34, Forrestal Building, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20585. Alternatively, Ms. Gospodarczyk may be contacted by telephone at 202–586–0527. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of any forms and instructions E:\FR\FM\23JYN1.SGM 23JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


National Assessment Governing Board; Meeting

AGENCY: U.S. Department of Education, National Assessment Governing 
Board.

ACTION: Notice of Open and Closed Meeting Sessions.

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SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda for 
the upcoming meeting of the National Assessment Governing Board (Board) 
and also describes the specific functions of the Board. Notice of this 
meeting is required under Section 10 (a) (2) of the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act. This notice is issued to provide members of the general 
public with an opportunity to attend and/or provide comments. 
Individuals who will need special accommodations in order to attend the 
meeting (e.g., 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 July 27, 2012. 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: August 2-4, 2012.
    Times:

August 2

 Committee Meetings

    Assessment Development Committee (ADC): Closed Session: 9:00 a.m.-
3:30 p.m.; Open Session: 3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
    Executive Committee: Open Session: 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.; Closed 
Session: 5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

August 3

    Full Board: Open Session: 8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.; Closed Session: 
12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.; Open Session: 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Committee Meetings

    Assessment Development Committee (ADC): Open Session: 10:00 a.m.-
11:00 a.m.; Closed Session: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Reporting and Dissemination Committee (R&D): Open Session: 10:00 
a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Committee on Standards, Design and Methodology (COSDAM): Open 
Session: 10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.; Closed Session: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

August 4

    Nominations Committee: Closed Session: 7:30 a.m.-8:15 a.m.
    Full Board: Open Session: 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Location: St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th and K Streets NW., Washington 
DC 20006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Munira Mwalimu, Executive 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 
(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 the following: selecting subject areas to be 
assessed, developing assessment frameworks and specifications, 
developing appropriate student achievement levels for each grade and 
subject tested, developing standards and procedures for interstate and 
national comparisons, developing guidelines for reporting and 
disseminating results, and releasing initial NAEP results to the 
public.
    The Governing Board`s standing committees, the Assessment 
Development Committee and the Executive Committee, will convene on 
August 2, 2012. From 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Assessment Development 
Committee (ADC) will meet in closed session to review secure computer-
based tasks and test materials for the NAEP 2014 Technology and 
Engineering Literacy Assessment at grade 8. During the closed session, 
ADC members will be provided specific test materials for review which 
are not yet available for release to the general public. Premature 
disclosure of these secure test items and materials would compromise 
the integrity and substantially impede implementation of the NAEP 
assessments and is therefore protected by exemption 9(B) of section 
552b(c) of Title 5 of the United States Code. Following this closed 
session, the Committee will meet in open session from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 
p.m. to discuss NAEP Preparedness Reporting.
    The Executive Committee will meet on August 2, 2012 from 4:30 p.m. 
to 5:30 p.m. in open session and thereafter in closed session from 5:30 
p.m. to 6:00 p.m. At 4:45 p.m. the Executive Committee will discuss the 
election of the Board Vice Chair for a term beginning October 1, 2012. 
During the closed session, the Executive Committee will receive and 
discuss the current procurement plans and independent

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government cost estimates from the National Center for Education 
Statistics (NCES) staff for proposed item development, data collection, 
scoring and analysis, and reporting of National Assessment of 
Educational Progress (NAEP) results for 2013-2017, and their 
implications on future NAEP activities. The discussion of independent 
government cost estimates for the NAEP 2013-2017 contracts is necessary 
for ensuring that NAEP contracts meet congressionally mandated goals 
and adhere to Board policies on NAEP Assessments available at 
www.nagb.org/policies.html. 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 would 
provide an advantage to potential bidders attending an open meeting. 
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.
    On August 3, 2012, the full Board will meet in open session from 
8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., followed by a closed session from 12:45 p.m. to 
1:45 p.m. and thereafter in open session from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    From 8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. on August 3, the Board will review and 
approve the August 2012 meeting agenda and meeting minutes from the May 
2012 Board meeting, followed by the Chairman's remarks. From 8:45 a.m. 
to 9:15 a.m. the Board will receive a briefing on the Department of 
Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) and NAEP. From 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 
a.m., the Executive Director of the Governing Board will provide a 
report to the Board, followed by updates from the Commissioner of the 
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Director of the 
Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Following these sessions, the 
Board will recess for Committee meetings from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    The Reporting and Dissemination Committee will meet in open session 
from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Assessment Development Committee 
(ADC) will meet in open session from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 
thereafter in closed sessions from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. During the 
first closed session, the ADC will receive secure results from two NAEP 
studies: the NAEP Mathematics Knowledge and Skills Appropriate Study 
(KaSA) at grade 8 and results from the 2011 NAEP Grade 4 Computer-Based 
Writing Pilot. The briefing and discussions on these two special 
studies must be conducted in closed session because the ADC members 
will be provided with results which are under an NCES embargo and not 
yet available for release to the general public. Premature disclosure 
of these secure test items and materials would compromise the integrity 
and substantially impede implementation of the NAEP assessments and is 
therefore protected by exemption 9(B) of section 552b(c) of Title 5 of 
the United States Code.
    The Committee on Standards, Design and Methodology (COSDAM) will 
meet in open session from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and thereafter in 
closed session from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. During the closed session, 
the Committee will receive two briefings: First, the results of a 
multi-stage adaptive assessment will be presented to brief the 
Committee on analyses of response time indicators of student 
engagement. The session will need to be closed in order to present 
information about differential response times associated with specific 
items included in the secure NAEP assessment. The Committee will be 
provided with secure results that have not been approved for release 
and therefore cannot be disclosed to the general public at this time. 
Premature disclosure of these secure data would significantly impede 
implementation of the NAEP assessments and reporting, and is therefore 
protected by exemption 9(B) of section 552b(c) of Title 5 U.S.C.
    During the second part of the closed session, NCES staff will 
provide a briefing on the procurement plans for conducting an 
evaluation of the NAEP achievement levels. COSDAM oversees the 
development of NAEP achievement levels. Members will discuss the 
subjects and grades to be included in the evaluation. This part of the 
meeting must be conducted in closed session because the solicitation 
has not been released. Public disclosure of this information would 
likely have an adverse financial effect on the NAEP program and would 
provide an advantage to potential bidders attending an open meeting. 
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.
    On August 3, 2012 from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. the full Board will 
meet in closed session to receive and discuss results of the NAEP 2011 
Writing Report Card at grades 8 and 12. The briefing will include 
secure items and embargoed assessment data and results that cannot be 
discussed in an open meeting prior to their official release. Premature 
disclosure of these results would significantly impede implementation 
of the NAEP assessment program, and is therefore protected by exemption 
9(B) of section 552b(c) of Title 5 United States Code.
    After the closed session, the Board will meet in the following open 
sessions: From 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., the Board will receive a 
briefing on the Common Core State Standards and Assessments from the 
PARCC Assessment Consortium and the Smarter Balanced Assessment 
Consortium. From 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Board will receive a 
briefing on the Race to the Top Implementation and NAEP. The August 3, 
2012 session of the Board meeting is scheduled to adjourn at 4:00 p.m.
    On August 4, 2012, the Nominations Committee will meet in closed 
session from 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. to discuss potential candidates for 
Board terms beginning October 1, 2013. The Committee discussions 
pertain solely to internal personnel rules and practices of an agency 
and 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 of 
the United States Code.
    On August 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. the full Board will meet 
in open session to discuss its ongoing work on Making a Difference, 
Reporting NAEP 12th Grade Academic Preparedness Research, Parent 
Engagement, and NAEP and Common Core State Standards and Assessments. 
The Board will also discuss plans for the Board's 25th Anniversary. 
From 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. the Board will receive Committee reports 
and take action on Committee recommendations. The August 4, 2012 
meeting is scheduled to adjourn at 12:00 p.m.
    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 
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    Dated: July 17, 2012.
Mary Crovo,
Deputy Executive Director, National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), 
U.S. Department of Education.
[FR Doc. 2012-17802 Filed 7-20-12; 8:45 am]
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