Notice of Revision to the National Assessment of Educational Progress Survey by Suspending Data Collection for 2021, 79484-79485 [2020-27153]

Download as PDF 79484 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 238 / Thursday, December 10, 2020 / Notices the goal of increasing the transparency of college tuition prices for consumers. This submission is for the 2021–22, 2022–23, and 2023–24 collection years. CATEF collects follow-up information from institutions that appear on the tuition and fees and/or net price increase College Affordability and Transparency Center (CATC) Lists for being in the five percent of institutions in their institutional sector that have the highest increases, expressed as a percentage change, over the three-year time period for which the most recent data are available. The information collected through CATEF is used to write a summary report for Congress which is also posted on the CATC website (accessible through the College Navigator). 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. 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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No.: ED–2020–SCC–0184] Notice of Revision to the National Assessment of Educational Progress Survey by Suspending Data Collection for 2021 National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice of change to data collection. AGENCY: This notice announces the intention of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) not to collect student assessment data for the currently approved information collection, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, originally planned for January–March 2021. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before January 11, 2021. 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–0184. Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov by selecting the Docket ID number or via postal mail, jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:26 Dec 09, 2020 Jkt 253001 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: National Assessment of Educational Progress. OMB Control Number: 1850–NEW (relates to 1850–0928). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [FR Doc. 2020–27141 Filed 12–9–20; 8:45 am] SUMMARY: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact James L. Woodworth, Commissioner, National Center for Education Statistics, or email NCES.Information.Collections@ed.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Type of Request: To suspend a portion of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), is a federally authorized survey of student achievement at grades 4, 8, and 12 in various subject areas, such as mathematics, reading, writing, science, U.S. history, civics, geography, economics, technology and engineering literacy (TEL), and the arts. It requires fair and accurate presentation of achievement data and permits the collection of background, noncognitive, or descriptive information that is related to academic achievement and aids in fair reporting of results. The intent of the law is to provide representative sample data on student achievement for the nation, the states, and subpopulations of students and to monitor progress over time. NCES has determined that it cannot at this time conduct a national-level assessment (20 U.S.C. 9622(b)(2)(A)) in a manner with sufficient validity and reliability to meet the mandate of the law due to school closures resulting from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The NAEP assessments are a key indicator of educational progress in the United States with trends going back decades. The change in operations and lack of access to students to be assessed means that NAEP will not be able to produce estimates of what students know and can do that would be comparable to either past or future national or state estimates. Therefore, NCES will not be collecting student assessment data in January through March 2021 as originally planned. NCES will continue to provide public updates on any further changes to the NAEP assessments through our NAEP COVID– 19 Planning and Resources web page, found here: https://nces.ed.gov/ nationsreportcard/about/covid19.aspx. Authority: The National Assessment of Educational Progress Authorization Act (Pub. L. 107–279 Title III, section 303) requires the assessment to collect data on specified student groups and characteristics, including information organized by race/ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, disability, and limited English proficiency. Estimate of Burden: There will be no further public reporting burden for this collection of information. E:\FR\FM\10DEN1.SGM 10DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 238 / Thursday, December 10, 2020 / Notices Dated: December 7, 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. 2020–27153 Filed 12–9–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 3511–024] jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Notice of Application Accepted for Filing and Soliciting Motions To Intervene and Protests; Lower Saranac Hydro, LLC Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection. a. Type of Application: Subsequent Minor License. b. Project No.: 3511–024. c. Date filed: May 29, 2020. d. Applicant: Lower Saranac Hydro, LLC. e. Name of Project: Groveville Hydroelectric Project. f. Location: On Fishkill Creek, in the City of Beacon, Dutchess County, New York. The project does not occupy any federal land. g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 791 (a)–825(r). h. Applicant Contact: Ms. Elise Anderson, Senior Environmental Permitting Specialist, Lower Saranac Hydro, LLC, Enel Green Power North America, Inc., 100 Brickstone Square, Suite 300, Andover, MA 01810; Phone: (978) 447–4408 or email at elise.anderson@enel.com. i. FERC Contact: Jeremy Feinberg at (202) 502–6893 or jeremy.feinberg@ ferc.gov. j. Deadline for filing motions to intervene and protests: February 2, 2021. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file motions to intervene and protests using the Commission’s eFiling system at https:// ferconline.ferc.gov/FERCOnline.aspx. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, (866) 208–3676 (toll free), or (202) 502–8659 (TTY). In lieu of electronic filing, you may submit a paper copy. Submissions sent via the U.S. Postal Service must be addressed to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Room VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:36 Dec 09, 2020 Jkt 253001 1A, Washington, DC 20426. Submissions sent via any other carrier must be addressed to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 12225 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20852. The Commission’s Rules of Practice require all intervenors filing documents with the Commission to serve a copy of that document on each person on the official service list for the project. Further, if an intervenor files comments or documents with the Commission relating to the merits of an issue that may affect the responsibilities of a particular resource agency, they must also serve a copy of the document on that resource agency. k. This application has been accepted but is not ready for environmental analysis at this time. l. The Groveville Hydroelectric Project consists of: (1) A 167-foot-long, 37-foothigh concrete gravity dam, with a 140foot-long spillway having a crest elevation of 172.4 feet National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 (NGVD29) and topped with 3-foot-high wooden flashboards; (2) an impoundment with a gross storage capacity of approximately 43 acre-feet and a surface area of 5 acres at a normal pool elevation of 175.4 feet NGVD29; (3) an intake structure with two gates and a 27-foot-high, 34-footwide trashrack; (4) a 9-foot-diameter, approximately 140-foot-long riveted steel underground penstock; (5) a powerhouse containing three fixedoutput turbine-generator units with a total rated capacity of 927 kilowatts; (6) a 4-foot-high submerged stilling basin weir approximately 60 feet downstream of the dam spillway; (7) a 20-foot-wide, 90-foot-long tailrace; (8) a 20-foot-long underground generator lead connecting to a step-up transformer that connects to a 13.2-kilovolt, 40-foot-long underground transmission line that then connects to a 15-foot-long aerial transmission line before connecting to the regional grid; and (9) appurtenant facilities. The project operates in a modified run-of-river mode. The project had an average annual generation of 1,762.7 megawatt-hours between 2012 and 2019. m. A copy of the application is available for review via the internet through the Commission’s Home Page (http://www.ferc.gov), using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link. Enter the docket number, excluding the last three digits in the docket number field, to access the document. At this time, the Commission has suspended access to the Commission’s Public Reference Room due to the proclamation declaring a National Emergency concerning the PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 79485 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID–19), issued by the President on March 13, 2020. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. You may also register online at http:// www.ferc.gov/esubscription.aspx to be notified via email of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. n. Anyone may submit a protest or a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.210, 385.211, and 385.214. In determining the appropriate action to take, the Commission will consider all protests filed, but only those who file a motion to intervene in accordance with the Commission’s Rules may become a party to the proceeding. Any protests or motions to intervene must be received on or before the specified deadline date for the particular application. All filings must (1) bear in all capital letters the title ‘‘PROTEST’’ or ‘‘MOTION TO INTERVENE;’’ (2) set forth in the heading the name of the applicant and the project number of the application to which the filing responds; (3) furnish the name, address, and telephone number of the person protesting or intervening; and (4) otherwise comply with the requirements of 18 CFR 385.2001 through 385.2005. Agencies may obtain copies of the application directly from the applicant. A copy of any protest or motion to intervene must be served upon each representative of the applicant specified in the particular application. o. Procedural schedule: The application will be processed according to the following preliminary Hydro Licensing Schedule. Revisions to the schedule will be made as appropriate. Issue Scoping Document 1 for comments: February 2021 Request Additional Information (if necessary): April 2021 Issue Scoping Document 2 (if necessary): May 2021 Issue Notice of Ready for Environmental Analysis: May 2021 Dated: December 4, 2020. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2020–27128 Filed 12–9–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717–01–P E:\FR\FM\10DEN1.SGM 10DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

[Docket No.: ED-2020-SCC-0184]


Notice of Revision to the National Assessment of Educational 
Progress Survey by Suspending Data Collection for 2021

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

ACTION: Notice of change to data collection.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the intention of the National Center for 
Education Statistics (NCES) not to collect student assessment data for 
the currently approved information collection, the National Assessment 
of Educational Progress, originally planned for January-March 2021.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
January 11, 2021.

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-0184. 
Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted 
electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov by selecting the 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 [email protected]. 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 6W208B, Washington, DC 20202-8240.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to 
collection activities, please contact James L. Woodworth, Commissioner, 
National Center for Education Statistics, 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: National Assessment of Educational Progress.
    OMB Control Number: 1850-NEW (relates to 1850-0928).
    Type of Request: To suspend a portion of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Abstract: The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 
conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), is a 
federally authorized survey of student achievement at grades 4, 8, and 
12 in various subject areas, such as mathematics, reading, writing, 
science, U.S. history, civics, geography, economics, technology and 
engineering literacy (TEL), and the arts. It requires fair and accurate 
presentation of achievement data and permits the collection of 
background, noncognitive, or descriptive information that is related to 
academic achievement and aids in fair reporting of results. The intent 
of the law is to provide representative sample data on student 
achievement for the nation, the states, and subpopulations of students 
and to monitor progress over time.
    NCES has determined that it cannot at this time conduct a national-
level assessment (20 U.S.C. 9622(b)(2)(A)) in a manner with sufficient 
validity and reliability to meet the mandate of the law due to school 
closures resulting from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The NAEP 
assessments are a key indicator of educational progress in the United 
States with trends going back decades. The change in operations and 
lack of access to students to be assessed means that NAEP will not be 
able to produce estimates of what students know and can do that would 
be comparable to either past or future national or state estimates. 
Therefore, NCES will not be collecting student assessment data in 
January through March 2021 as originally planned. NCES will continue to 
provide public updates on any further changes to the NAEP assessments 
through our NAEP COVID-19 Planning and Resources web page, found here: 
https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/about/covid19.aspx.
    Authority: The National Assessment of Educational Progress 
Authorization Act (Pub. L. 107-279 Title III, section 303) requires the 
assessment to collect data on specified student groups and 
characteristics, including information organized by race/ethnicity, 
gender, socio-economic status, disability, and limited English 
proficiency.
    Estimate of Burden: There will be no further public reporting 
burden for this collection of information.


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    Dated: December 7, 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. 2020-27153 Filed 12-9-20; 8:45 am]
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