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[FR Doc. 2020–06535 Filed 3–27–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No. ED–2020–SCC–0053] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS 2021) Main Study Data Collection National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before April 29, 2020. SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:05 Mar 27, 2020 Jkt 250001 Written comments and recommendations for proposed information collection requests should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/ do/PRAMain. Find this particular information collection request by selecting ‘‘Department of Education’’ under ‘‘Currently Under Review,’’ then check ‘‘Only Show ICR for Public Comment’’ checkbox. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Carrie Clarady, 202–245–6347 or email NCES.Information.Collections@ed.gov. 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: Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS 2021) Main Study Data Collection. OMB Control Number: 1850–0645. Type of Review: A revision of an existing information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or Households. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 16,712. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 8,008. Abstract: The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is an international assessment ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17555 of fourth-grade students’ achievement in reading. PIRLS reports on four benchmarks in reading achievement at grade 4 and on a variety of issues related to the education context for the students in the sample, including instructional practices, school resources, curriculum implementation, and learning supports outside of school. Since its inception in 2001, PIRLS has continued to assess students every 5 years (2001, 2006, 2011, and 2016), with the next PIRLS assessment, PIRLS 2021, being the fifth iteration of the study. Participation in this study by the United States at regular intervals provides data on student achievement and on current and past education policies and a comparison of U.S. education policies and student performance with those of the U.S. international counterparts. In PIRLS 2016, 58 education systems participated. The United States will participate in PIRLS 2021 to continue to monitor the progress of its students compared to that of other nations and to provide data on factors that may influence student achievement. PIRLS is coordinated by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), an international collective of research organizations and government agencies that create the assessment framework, the assessment instrument, and background questionnaires. The IEA decides and agrees upon a common set of standards and procedures for collecting and reporting PIRLS data, and defines the studies’ timeline, all of which must be followed by all participating countries. As a result, PIRLS is able to provide a reliable and comparable measure of student skills in participating countries. In the U.S., the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) conducts this study. In preparation for the PIRLS 2021 main study, all countries are asked to implement a field test in 2020. The purpose of the PIRLS field test is to evaluate new assessment items and background questions, to ensure practices that promote low exclusion rates, and to ensure that classroom and student sampling procedures proposed for the main study are successful. Data collection for the field test in the U.S. will occur from March through April 2020 and for the main study from March through June 2021. The submission describing the overarching plan for all phases of the data collection, including the 2021 main study, and requesting approval for all activities, materials, and response burden related to the field test recruitment was approved in April 2019 with a change request in September E:\FR\FM\30MRN1.SGM 30MRN1 17556 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 61 / Monday, March 30, 2020 / Notices 2019 (OMB# 1850–0645 v.11–12), while the submission describing all aspects of the field test and recruitment for the main study was approved in October 2019 (OMB# 1850–0645 v.13). This submission request is for all aspects of the PIRLS 2021 main study, including data collection activities, with an accompanying 30-day public comment period. After the international versions of the main study questionnaires are released by IEA in September 2020, a submission for the main study questionnaires with the proposed U.S. adaptations in Appendices C1 and C2 will be submitted in October 2020. In the case that the final approved U.S. adapted versions of the PIRLS 2021 main study questionnaires differ from those provided in that October 2020 submission, the final versions will be submitted to OMB for approval as a change request in December 2020. Dated: March 24, 2020. Stephanie Valentine, PRA Coordinator, Strategic Collections and Clearance, Governance and Strategy Division, Office of Chief Data Officer, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development. [FR Doc. 2020–06485 Filed 3–27–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No. ED–2020–SCC–0054] Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Special Education—Individual Reporting on Regulatory Compliance Related to the Personnel Development Program’s Service Obligation and the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before May 29, 2020. ADDRESSES: To access and review all the documents related to the information collection listed in this notice, please use http://www.regulations.gov by searching the Docket ID number ED– 2020–SCC–0054. Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov by selecting the lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:05 Mar 27, 2020 Jkt 250001 Docket ID number 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 include the docket ID number and the title of the information collection request when requesting documents or submitting comments. Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted. Written requests for information or comments submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the Director of the Strategic Collections and Clearance Governance and Strategy Division, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW, LBJ, Room 6W–208D, Washington, DC 20202–4537. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Richelle Davis, 202–245–7401. 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: Special Education—Individual Reporting on Regulatory Compliance Related to the Personnel Development Program’s Service Obligation and the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). OMB Control Number: 1820–0686. PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Type of Review: A revision of an existing information collection. Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or Households. Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 34,262. Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 8,328. Abstract: The Office of Special Education Program’s Personnel Development Program aims to increase the supply of qualified personnel in the field of special education. The program awards competitive grants to Institutions of Higher Education to support scholars who are preparing to provide special education and related services to children and youth with disabilities. Scholars who receive funding agree to work in the field of special education or related services for two years for each year of support they receive. The Personnel Development Program Data Collection System collects data from grantees, scholars, and employers who verify that scholars are employed in the field of special education or related services. This data collection serves three program needs. First, data from grantees, scholars, and employers are necessary to assess the performance of the Personnel Development Program on its Government Performance Results Act measures. Second, data from all three sources are necessary to determine if scholars comply with the service obligation requirements. And finally, project-specific performance data are collected from grantees for project monitoring and program improvement. The forms in this package are updates to existing Office of Management and Budget approved forms (1820–0686) which expire on 8/31/2020. Dated: March 25, 2020. 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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

[Docket No. ED-2020-SCC-0053]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment 
Request; Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS 2021) 
Main Study Data Collection

AGENCY: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Department of 
Education (ED).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is 
proposing a revision of an existing information collection.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
April 29, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for proposed 
information collection requests should be sent within 30 days of 
publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find 
this particular information collection request by selecting 
``Department of Education'' under ``Currently Under Review,'' then 
check ``Only Show ICR for Public Comment'' checkbox.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to 
collection activities, please contact Carrie Clarady, 202-245-6347 or 
email [email protected].

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: Progress in International Reading Literacy 
Study (PIRLS 2021) Main Study Data Collection.
    OMB Control Number: 1850-0645.
    Type of Review: A revision of an existing information collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or Households.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 16,712.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 8,008.
    Abstract: The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study 
(PIRLS) is an international assessment of fourth-grade students' 
achievement in reading. PIRLS reports on four benchmarks in reading 
achievement at grade 4 and on a variety of issues related to the 
education context for the students in the sample, including 
instructional practices, school resources, curriculum implementation, 
and learning supports outside of school. Since its inception in 2001, 
PIRLS has continued to assess students every 5 years (2001, 2006, 2011, 
and 2016), with the next PIRLS assessment, PIRLS 2021, being the fifth 
iteration of the study. Participation in this study by the United 
States at regular intervals provides data on student achievement and on 
current and past education policies and a comparison of U.S. education 
policies and student performance with those of the U.S. international 
counterparts. In PIRLS 2016, 58 education systems participated. The 
United States will participate in PIRLS 2021 to continue to monitor the 
progress of its students compared to that of other nations and to 
provide data on factors that may influence student achievement. PIRLS 
is coordinated by the International Association for the Evaluation of 
Educational Achievement (IEA), an international collective of research 
organizations and government agencies that create the assessment 
framework, the assessment instrument, and background questionnaires. 
The IEA decides and agrees upon a common set of standards and 
procedures for collecting and reporting PIRLS data, and defines the 
studies' timeline, all of which must be followed by all participating 
countries. As a result, PIRLS is able to provide a reliable and 
comparable measure of student skills in participating countries. In the 
U.S., the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) conducts this 
study. In preparation for the PIRLS 2021 main study, all countries are 
asked to implement a field test in 2020. The purpose of the PIRLS field 
test is to evaluate new assessment items and background questions, to 
ensure practices that promote low exclusion rates, and to ensure that 
classroom and student sampling procedures proposed for the main study 
are successful. Data collection for the field test in the U.S. will 
occur from March through April 2020 and for the main study from March 
through June 2021. The submission describing the overarching plan for 
all phases of the data collection, including the 2021 main study, and 
requesting approval for all activities, materials, and response burden 
related to the field test recruitment was approved in April 2019 with a 
change request in September

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2019 (OMB# 1850-0645 v.11-12), while the submission describing all 
aspects of the field test and recruitment for the main study was 
approved in October 2019 (OMB# 1850-0645 v.13). This submission request 
is for all aspects of the PIRLS 2021 main study, including data 
collection activities, with an accompanying 30-day public comment 
period. After the international versions of the main study 
questionnaires are released by IEA in September 2020, a submission for 
the main study questionnaires with the proposed U.S. adaptations in 
Appendices C1 and C2 will be submitted in October 2020. In the case 
that the final approved U.S. adapted versions of the PIRLS 2021 main 
study questionnaires differ from those provided in that October 2020 
submission, the final versions will be submitted to OMB for approval as 
a change request in December 2020.

    Dated: March 24, 2020.
Stephanie Valentine,
PRA Coordinator, Strategic Collections and Clearance, Governance and 
Strategy Division, Office of Chief Data Officer, Office of Planning, 
Evaluation and Policy Development.
[FR Doc. 2020-06485 Filed 3-27-20; 8:45 am]
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