Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Evaluation of Preschool Special Education Practices Phase I, 60844-60845 [2014-23958]

Download as PDF 60844 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 195 / Wednesday, October 8, 2014 / Notices 12 p.m. on December 1, 2014, will include discussion of new and pending administrative/minor disciplinary infractions and non-judicial punishments involving the Midshipmen attending the U.S. Naval Academy to include but not limited to individual honor/conduct violations within the Brigade. The discussion of such information cannot be adequately segregated from other topics, which precludes opening the executive session of this meeting to the public. Accordingly, the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy (Management) has determined in writing that the meeting shall be partially closed to the public because the discussions during the executive session from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. will be concerned with matters coming under sections 552b(c)(5), (6), and (7) of title 5, United States Code. Dated: September 29, 2014. N.A. 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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 asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Oct 07, 2014 Jkt 235001 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 Yumiko Sekino, 202–219–2046. 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: Evaluation of Preschool Special Education Practices Phase I. OMB Control Number: 1850–NEW. Type of Review: A new information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: State, Local and Tribal Governments. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 1,251. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 609. Abstract: The main objective of the Evaluation of Preschool Special Education Practices, Phase I study is to assess the feasibility of conducting a large-scale randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluation of one or more curricula or interventions that are used PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 with preschool children with disabilities to promote their learning of language, literacy, social-emotional skills, and/or appropriate behavioral skills for school. The feasibility assessment will consider the core features of an evaluation design, including the following: (1) Curricula and/or interventions to be evaluated; (2) Study context and participants; and (3) Key design elements, such as the counterfactual condition, unit of assignment, target minimum detectable effects (MDEs), sample size, and data collection plans. Data to inform the feasibility assessment will be obtained through surveys of school district preschool special education coordinators and state Section 619 coordinators, the subject of the current submission. Preschool special education coordinators in school districts and state Section 619 coordinators will provide information to address the study’s overarching research question—whether there are promising curricula and interventions for preschool children with disabilities for which a large-scale effectiveness trial would be feasible and add value to the field. The district survey will be administered in a nationally representative sample of 1,200 school districts serving preschool children with disabilities as a 30-minute web survey. The state survey will be administered in all 50 states and the District of Columbia as a 10-minute editable PDF survey. Data collection for each survey will begin in April 2015. The feasibility assessment will also be informed by use of extant data and conduct of an evidence review. In addition to collected survey data, extant data will provide information about preschool special education programs, the curricula and interventions that are available and supported by these programs, and the context in which curricula and interventions are delivered to inform decisions about key design elements. The evidence review will identify promising curricula and interventions for preschool children with disabilities and features about their implementation in schools. Information obtained as part of the data collection for Phase I will be used to develop a publicly available report to provide educators and policymakers with nationally representative descriptive information about current preschool special education programs. If the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) decides to sponsor an RCT following the feasibility assessment, separate OMB packages will be submitted that request clearance for recruitment and data collection activities for the RCT. E:\FR\FM\08OCN1.SGM 08OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 195 / Wednesday, October 8, 2014 / Notices Dated: October 2, 2014. Stephanie Valentine, Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management. [FR Doc. 2014–23958 Filed 10–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION National Board for Education Sciences Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. ACTION: Announcement of an open meeting. AGENCY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an upcoming meeting of the National Board for Education Sciences (NBES). The notice also describes the functions of the Committee. Notice of this meeting is required by Section 10(a) (2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and is intended to notify the public of their opportunity to attend the meeting. DATES: The NBES meeting will be held on October 30, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. ADDRESSES: 80 F Street NW., Large Board Room, Washington, DC 20001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellie Pelaez, Designated Federal Official, NBES, U.S. Department of Education, 555 New Jersey Avenue NW., Room 600 E, Washington, DC 20208; phone: (202) 219–0644; fax: (202) 219–1402; email: Ellie.Pelaez@ed.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NBES’ Statutory Authority and Function: The National Board for Education Sciences is authorized by Section 116 of the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (ESRA), 20 U.S.C. 9516. 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Closing remarks from Sue Betka, Acting Director of IES, and David Chard, will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., with adjournment scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Submission of comments regarding the Board’s policy recommendations: There will not be an opportunity for public comment. However, members of the public are encouraged to submit written comments related to NBES to Ellie Pelaez (see contact information above). A final agenda is available from Ellie Pelaez (see contact information above) and is posted on the Board Web site http://ies.ed.gov/director/board/ agendas/index.asp. Access to Records of the Meeting: The Department will post the official report of the meeting on the NBES Web site no later than 90 days after the meeting. Pursuant to the FACA, the public may also inspect the materials at 555 New Jersey Avenue NW., 6th Floor, Washington, DC, by emailing Ellie.Pelaez@ed.gov or by calling (202) 219–0644 to schedule an appointment. 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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 195 (Wednesday, October 8, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 60844-60845]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-23958]


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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

[Docket No.: ED-2014-ICCD-0139]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; 
Evaluation of Preschool Special Education Practices Phase I

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

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 new information 
collection.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
December 8, 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-
0139 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 Yumiko Sekino, 202-219-2046.

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: Evaluation of Preschool Special Education 
Practices Phase I.
    OMB Control Number: 1850-NEW.
    Type of Review: A new information collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: State, Local and Tribal Governments.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 1,251.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 609.
    Abstract: The main objective of the Evaluation of Preschool Special 
Education Practices, Phase I study is to assess the feasibility of 
conducting a large-scale randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluation 
of one or more curricula or interventions that are used with preschool 
children with disabilities to promote their learning of language, 
literacy, social-emotional skills, and/or appropriate behavioral skills 
for school. The feasibility assessment will consider the core features 
of an evaluation design, including the following: (1) Curricula and/or 
interventions to be evaluated; (2) Study context and participants; and 
(3) Key design elements, such as the counterfactual condition, unit of 
assignment, target minimum detectable effects (MDEs), sample size, and 
data collection plans.
    Data to inform the feasibility assessment will be obtained through 
surveys of school district preschool special education coordinators and 
state Section 619 coordinators, the subject of the current submission. 
Preschool special education coordinators in school districts and state 
Section 619 coordinators will provide information to address the 
study's overarching research question--whether there are promising 
curricula and interventions for preschool children with disabilities 
for which a large-scale effectiveness trial would be feasible and add 
value to the field. The district survey will be administered in a 
nationally representative sample of 1,200 school districts serving 
preschool children with disabilities as a 30-minute web survey. The 
state survey will be administered in all 50 states and the District of 
Columbia as a 10-minute editable PDF survey. Data collection for each 
survey will begin in April 2015.
    The feasibility assessment will also be informed by use of extant 
data and conduct of an evidence review. In addition to collected survey 
data, extant data will provide information about preschool special 
education programs, the curricula and interventions that are available 
and supported by these programs, and the context in which curricula and 
interventions are delivered to inform decisions about key design 
elements. The evidence review will identify promising curricula and 
interventions for preschool children with disabilities and features 
about their implementation in schools.
    Information obtained as part of the data collection for Phase I 
will be used to develop a publicly available report to provide 
educators and policymakers with nationally representative descriptive 
information about current preschool special education programs. If the 
Institute of Education Sciences (IES) decides to sponsor an RCT 
following the feasibility assessment, separate OMB packages will be 
submitted that request clearance for recruitment and data collection 
activities for the RCT.


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    Dated: October 2, 2014.
Stephanie Valentine,
Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, 
Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management.
[FR Doc. 2014-23958 Filed 10-7-14; 8:45 am]
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