Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2015 (TIMSS:2015) Main Study, 51146-51147 [2014-20354]

Download as PDF 51146 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 166 / Wednesday, August 27, 2014 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES This information collection also documents an estimate of the annual public burden as it relates to the application process for federal student aid. The Applicant Burden Model (ABM), measures applicant burden through an assessment of the activities each applicant conducts in conjunction with other applicant characteristics and in terms of burden, the average applicant’s experience. Key determinants of the ABM include: b The total number of applicants that will potentially apply for federal student aid; b How the applicant chooses to complete and submit the FAFSA (e.g., by paper or electronically via FOTW®); b How the applicant chooses to submit any corrections andor updates (e.g., the paper SAR or electronically via FOTW Corrections); b The type of SAR document the applicant receives (eSAR, SAR acknowledgment, or paper SAR); b The formula applied to determine the applicant’s expected family contribution (EFC) (full need analysis formula, Simplified Needs Test or Automatic Zero); and b The average amount of time involved in preparing to complete the application. The ABM is largely driven by the number of potential applicants for the application cycle. The total application projection for 2015–2016 is based upon two factors—estimates of the total enrollment in all degree-granting institutions and the percentage change in FAFSA submissions for the last completed or almost completed application cycle. The ABM is also based on the application options available to students and parents. The Department accounts for each application component based on web trending tools, survey information, and other Department data sources. For 2015–2016, the Department is reporting a net burden decrease of 2,081,212 hours. Dated: August 21, 2014. Tomakie Washington, Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management. [FR Doc. 2014–20275 Filed 8–26–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:44 Aug 26, 2014 Jkt 232001 DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No. ED–2014–ICCD–0088] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Master Generic Plan for Customer Surveys and Focus Groups Office of Management (OM), Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection. Department of Education as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public to take this opportunity to comment on the ‘‘Master Generic Plan for Customer Surveys and Focus Groups’’ for approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et. seq.). This collection was developed as part of a Federal Government-wide effort to streamline the process for seeking feedback from the public on service delivery. This notice announces our intent to submit this collection to OMB for approval and solicits comments on specific aspects for the proposed information collection. A copy of the supporting statement is available at www.regulations.gov (see Docket ID ED–2014–ICCD–0088). DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before September 26, 2014. ADDRESSES: Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov by selecting Docket ID number ED–2014–ICCD–0088 or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. If the regulations.gov site is not available to the public for any reason, ED will temporarily accept comments at ICDocketMgr@ed.gov. Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted; ED will ONLY accept comments during the comment period in this mailbox when the regulations.gov site is not available. Written requests for information or comments submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the Director of the Information Collection Clearance Division, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Mailstop L–OM–2–2E319, Room 2E115, Washington, DC 20202. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Stephanie Valentine, 202–401–0526. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Master Generic Plan for Customer Surveys and Focus Groups. OMB Control Number: 1800–0011. Type of Review: An extension of an existing information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or households. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 451,322. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 115,344. Projected average estimates for the next three years: Average Expected Annual Number of Activities: 70. Average Number of Respondents per Activity: 500. Annual Responses: 451,322. Frequency of Response: Once per request. Average Minutes per Response: .08. Burden Hours: 115,344. Abstract: Surveys to be considered under this generic will only include those surveys that improve customer service or collect feedback about a service provided to individuals or entities directly served by ED. The results of these customer surveys will help ED managers plan and implement program improvements and other customer satisfaction initiatives. Focus groups that will be considered under the generic clearance will assess customer satisfaction with a direct service, or will be designed to inform a customer satisfaction survey ED is considering. Surveys that have the potential to influence policy will not be considered under this generic clearance. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Valentine, Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management. [FR Doc. 2014–20405 Filed 8–26–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No.: ED–2014–ICCD–0105] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2015 (TIMSS:2015) Main Study Department of Education (ED), Institute of Education Sciences/National Center for Education Statistics (IES). AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\27AUN1.SGM 27AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 166 / Wednesday, August 27, 2014 / Notices ACTION: Notice. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before September 26, 2014. ADDRESSES: Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov by selecting Docket ID number ED–2014–ICCD–0105 or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. If the regulations.gov site is not available to the public for any reason, ED will temporarily accept comments at ICDocketMgr@ed.gov. Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted; ED will ONLY accept comments during the comment period in this mailbox when the regulations.gov site is not available. Written requests for information or comments submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the Director of the Information Collection Clearance Division, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Mailstop L–OM–2–2E319, Room 2E105, Washington, DC 20202. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Kashka Kubzdela, 202–502–7411. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department’s information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:44 Aug 26, 2014 Jkt 232001 information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records. Title of Collection: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2015 (TIMSS:2015) Main Study. OMB Control Number: 1850–0695. Type of Review: A revision of an existing information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or households. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 30,187. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 27,301. Abstract: We are announcing a second 30-day comment period for the 2015 Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) because at the August 2014 meeting of the TIMSS National Research Coordinators, representatives from the participating countries agreed to add several questions to the international student, teacher, and school background questionnaires. TIMSS is an international assessment of fourth and eighth grade students’ achievement in mathematics and science. Since its inception in 1995, TIMSS has continued to assess students every 4 years (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011). Participation in this study provides data on current and past education policies and a comparison of U.S. education policies with its international counterparts. Periodically, TIMSS has also conducted an assessment of advanced mathematics and physics of students at the end of secondary school (1995 and 2008). The United States participated in TIMSS Advanced in 1995, but not in 2008. Because of the current strong policy interest in preparedness for college and for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, the U.S. plans to participate in TIMSS Advanced in 2015. This submission is for the 2015 TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced main study data collection that will take place in MarchMay, 2015. Dated: August 22, 2014. Stephanie Valentine, Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management. [FR Doc. 2014–20354 Filed 8–26–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51147 DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Notice of Proposed Collection Requests; Comment Request Department of Education Correction Notice AGENCY: ACTION: On August 19, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education published a 60-day comment period notice in the Federal Register (Page 49069, Column 1) seeking public comment for an information collection entitled, ‘‘Generic Application Package for Departmental Generic Grant Programs.’’ This notice was published in error. The comment period for this information collection request ends on September 2, 2014. On July 3, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education published a 60-day comment period notice in the Federal Register (Page 38017, Column 1) seeking public comment for an information collection entitled, ‘‘Generic Application Package for Discretionary Grant Program.’’ The abstract omitted a section of the CFR where selected criteria are also covered under generic applications. The abstract is corrected as follows. The Department is requesting an extension of the approval for the Generic Application Package that numerous ED discretionary grant programs use to provide to applicants the forms and information needed to apply for new grants under those grant program competitions. The Department will use this Generic Application package for discretionary grant programs that: (1) Use the standard ED or Federal-wide grant applications forms that have been cleared separately through OMB under the terms of this generic clearance as approved by OMB and (2) use selection criteria from the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR); selection criteria that reflect statutory or regulatory provisions that have been developed under 34 CFR 75.209, or a combination of EDGAR, statutory or regulatory criteria or other provisions, as authorized under 34 CFR 75.200 and 75.209. The use of the standard ED grant application forms and the use of EDGAR and/or criteria developed under §§ 75.200 and 75.209 promotes the standardization and streamlining of ED discretionary grant application packages. The Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management, hereby issues a correction notice as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\27AUN1.SGM 27AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 166 (Wednesday, August 27, 2014)]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

[Docket No.: ED-2014-ICCD-0105]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment 
Request; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2015 
(TIMSS:2015) Main Study

AGENCY: Department of Education (ED), Institute of Education Sciences/
National Center for Education Statistics (IES).

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ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a revision of an existing 
information collection.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
September 26, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Comments submitted in response to this notice should be 
submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at 
http://www.regulations.gov by selecting Docket ID number ED-2014-ICCD-
0105 or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. If the 
regulations.gov site is not available to the public for any reason, ED 
will temporarily accept comments at ICDocketMgr@ed.gov. Please note 
that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the 
comment period will not be accepted; ED will ONLY accept comments 
during the comment period in this mailbox when the regulations.gov site 
is not available. Written requests for information or comments 
submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the 
Director of the Information Collection Clearance Division, U.S. 
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Mailstop L-OM-2-
2E319, Room 2E105, Washington, DC 20202.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to 
collection activities, please contact Kashka Kubzdela, 202-502-7411.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 
3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with 
an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing 
collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact 
of its information collection requirements and minimize the public's 
reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department's 
information collection requirements and provide the requested data in 
the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed 
information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The 
Department of Education is especially interested in public comment 
addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to 
the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be 
processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden 
accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, 
and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the 
Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, 
including through the use of information technology. Please note that 
written comments received in response to this notice will be considered 
public records.
    Title of Collection: Trends in International Mathematics and 
Science Study 2015 (TIMSS:2015) Main Study.
    OMB Control Number: 1850-0695.
    Type of Review: A revision of an existing information collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 30,187.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 27,301.
    Abstract: We are announcing a second 30-day comment period for the 
2015 Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) because at the 
August 2014 meeting of the TIMSS National Research Coordinators, 
representatives from the participating countries agreed to add several 
questions to the international student, teacher, and school background 
questionnaires.
    TIMSS is an international assessment of fourth and eighth grade 
students' achievement in mathematics and science. Since its inception 
in 1995, TIMSS has continued to assess students every 4 years (1995, 
1999, 2003, 2007, 2011). Participation in this study provides data on 
current and past education policies and a comparison of U.S. education 
policies with its international counterparts. Periodically, TIMSS has 
also conducted an assessment of advanced mathematics and physics of 
students at the end of secondary school (1995 and 2008). The United 
States participated in TIMSS Advanced in 1995, but not in 2008. Because 
of the current strong policy interest in preparedness for college and 
for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) 
fields, the U.S. plans to participate in TIMSS Advanced in 2015. This 
submission is for the 2015 TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced main study data 
collection that will take place in March-May, 2015.

    Dated: August 22, 2014.
Stephanie Valentine,
Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, 
Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management.
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