Department of Education June 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Applications, Reports, and Other Records for the 2011-2012 Award Year: Student Assistance General Provisions, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Pell Grant, etc.
Document Number: 2012-16034
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-29
Agency: Department of Education
The Secretary announces deadline dates for the receipt of documents and other information from institutions and applicants for the Federal student aid programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, for the 2011-2012 award year. The Federal student aid programs include the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Work-Study (FWS), Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Pell Grant, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant programs. These programs, administered by the U.S. Department of Education (Department), provide financial assistance to students attending eligible postsecondary educational institutions to help them pay their educational costs. Deadline and Submission Dates: See Tables A, B, and C at the end of this notice.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Federal Student Aid; Federal Perkins Loan Program/NDSL Assignment Form
Document Number: 2012-15996
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-29
Agency: Department of Education
The Federal Perkins Loan Program allows for assignment of certain defaulted loans from schools to continued collection efforts when the school has exhausted all of its efforts in recovering an outstanding loan. The Perkins Assignment Form serves as the transmittal document in the assignment of such loans to the Federal Government.
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Federal Student Aid; Pell Grant, ACG, and National SMART Reporting Under the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) System
Document Number: 2012-15911
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-28
Agency: Department of Education
The COD system is used by institutions to request, report, and reconcile grant funds received from the Pell Grant program.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records-Study of Promising Features of Teacher Preparation Programs
Document Number: 2012-15886
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-28
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (Privacy Act), the Department of Education (Department) publishes this notice of a new system of records entitled ``Study of Promising Features of Teacher Preparation Programs'' (18-13-29). The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance at the Department's Institute of Education Sciences (IES) awarded a contract in September 2011 to Abt Associates to conduct a rigorous study of the effect on student learning of teachers who have experienced intensive clinical practice in their teacher preparation programs. The system of records will contain records on approximately 5,000 students and 360 teachers from 125 school districts and will be used to conduct the study.
Privacy Act of 1974; Computer Matching Program
Document Number: 2012-15884
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-28
Agency: Department of Education
This document provides notice of the continuation of the computer matching program between the Departments of Education (ED) and Defense (DoD). The continuation is effective on the date specified in paragraph 5.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2012-15435
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-25
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (Privacy Act), the Department of Education (Department) deletes one system of records from its existing inventory of systems of records subject to the Privacy Act.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Federal Student Aid; Electronic Debit Payment Option for Student Loans
Document Number: 2012-15418
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-25
Agency: Department of Education
The Preauthorized Debit Account (PDA) Application is used to establish electronic debiting for individuals who have requested to have their defaulted federal education debt payments debited from their bank accounts.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Institute of Education Sciences; 2012-13 Teacher Follow-Up Survey (TFS:13) and Principal Follow-Up Survey (PFS:13) to the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS)
Document Number: 2012-15416
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-25
Agency: Department of Education
This request from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), of the U.S. Department of Education (ED), is for clearance for the full scale data collection for the 2012-13 Teacher Follow-up Survey (TFS:13) and Principal Follow-up Survey (PFS:13) to the 2011-12 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS:12). The Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) is an in-depth, nationally-representative survey of first through twelfth grade public and private school teachers, principals, schools, library media centers, and school districts.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Institute of Education Sciences; Education Longitudinal Study 2002 (ELS:2002) Third Follow-up Postsecondary Transcripts (ELS:2002 PETS) and Financial Aid Feasibility Study (ELS:2002 FAFS)
Document Number: 2012-15415
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-25
Agency: Department of Education
The Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002) is a nationally representative study of two high school grade cohorts (spring 2002 tenth-graders and spring 2004 twelfth-graders) comprising over 16,000 sample members. The study focuses on achievement growth in mathematics in the high school years and its correlates, the family and school social context of secondary education, transitions from high school to postsecondary education and/or the labor market, and experiences during the postsecondary years.
Submission for OMB Review; Office of Postsecondary Education; Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Performance Report
Document Number: 2012-15383
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-25
Agency: Department of Education
The overall goal of the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program is to increase the number of students with degrees in areas of national need by providing fellowships through academic departments of institutions of higher education to assist graduate students of superior ability who demonstrate financial need.
Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program; Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers
Document Number: 2012-15091
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-20
Agency: Department of Education
The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services announces two priorities for RERCs: Recreational Technologies and Exercise Physiology Benefiting Individuals with Disabilities (Priority 1) and Rehabilitation Robotics (Priority 2). The Assistant Secretary may use one or both of these priorities for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2012 and later years. We take this action to focus research attention on areas of national need. We intend to use these priorities to improve rehabilitation services and outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
Final Priority: Disability Rehabilitation Research Project-Burn Model Systems Centers
Document Number: 2012-15051
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-20
Agency: Department of Education
The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services announces a priority for the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program administered by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Specifically, this notice announces a priority for Burn Model Systems (BMS) Centers. The Assistant Secretary may use this priority for a competition in fiscal year (FY) 2012 and later years. We take this action to focus research attention on areas of national need.
Proposed Requirements-Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge; Phase 2
Document Number: 2012-14954
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-06-20
Agency: Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services
The Secretary of Education and the Secretary of Health and Human Services (hereafter ``the Secretaries'') propose requirements for Phase 2 of the Race to the TopEarly Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) program. In this phase (Phase 2 of the RTT-ELC program), we would make awards to certain States that applied for, but did not receive, funding under Phase 1 of the RTT-ELC competition held in fiscal year (FY) 2011 (FY 2011 RTT-ELC competition). Specifically, we would consider eligible the five highest-scoring applicants that did not receive funding in the FY 2011 RTT-ELC competition, each of which received approximately 75 percent or more of the available points under the competition. We take this action to fund down the slate of the FY 2011 RTT-ELC competition and to establish the information and assurances that the eligible applicants would need to provide in order to receive funding under Phase 2 of the RTT-ELC program.
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Institute of Education Sciences; National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2013 Wave II (Main NAEP Core, Reading, Mathematics, TEL, SD, ELL, and Special Studies)
Document Number: 2012-14898
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-19
Agency: Department of Education
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 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, and the arts.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Office of Postsecondary Education; Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) Title II Reporting Forms on Teacher Quality and Preparation
Document Number: 2012-14809
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-18
Agency: Department of Education
The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 calls for annual reports from states and institutions of higher education (IHEs) on the quality of teacher preparation and state teacher certification and licensure (Pub. L. 110-315, sections 205-208). The purpose of the reports is to provide greater accountability in the preparation of the nation's teaching forces and to provide information and incentives for its improvement.
Applications for New Awards; Arts in Education National Program
Document Number: 2012-14732
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-15
Agency: Department of Education
Arts in Education National Program; Final Priority, Requirements, Definitions, and Selection Criteria
Document Number: 2012-14731
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-15
Agency: Department of Education
The Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement announces the final priority, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria under the Arts in Education National Program (AENP). The Assistant Secretary may use this priority and these requirements, definitions and selection criteria for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2012 and later years. We take this action to encourage and expand national-level high-quality arts education activities and services for children and youth, with special emphasis on serving children from low- income families and children with disabilities.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development; Study of Strategies for Improving the Quality of Local Grantee Program Evaluation
Document Number: 2012-14593
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-14
Agency: Department of Education
This study is intended to inform the Department's decisions about how to structure future grant competitions; how to support evaluation and performance reporting activities among funded grantees, including technical assistance to improve the quality of evaluations and performance reporting; and how to make the best possible use of grantee evaluation findings.
The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) National Board
Document Number: 2012-14583
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-14
Agency: Department of Education
This notice sets forth the schedule and agenda of an upcoming open teleconference meeting of the National Board (Board) of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. The notice also describes the functions of the Board. 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.
Final Priorities, Requirements, Definitions, and Selection Criteria-Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) Program
Document Number: 2012-14276
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-14
Agency: Department of Education
The Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education announces priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria under the TIF program. The Assistant Secretary may use one or more of these priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2012 and later years. We are taking this action so that TIF-funded performance-based compensation systems (PBCSs) will be successful and sustained mechanisms that contribute to continual improvement of instruction, to increases in teacher and principal effectiveness, and, ultimately, to improvements in student achievement in high-need schools. To accomplish these goals, we are establishing priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria that are designed to ensure that TIF grantees use high-quality LEA-wide evaluation and support systems that identify effective educators in order to improve instruction by informing performance- based compensation and other key human capital decisions.
Applications for New Awards; Teacher Incentive Fund
Document Number: 2012-14269
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-14
Agency: Department of Education
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Annual State Application Under Part B of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act
Document Number: 2012-14271
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-12
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (20 U.S.C. 1412(a)) a State is eligible for assistance under Part B for a fiscal year if the State submits a plan that provides assurances to the Secretary that the State has in effect policies and procedures to ensure that the State meets each of the conditions found in 20 U.S.C. 1412.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2012-14181
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-12
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (Privacy Act) (5 U.S.C. 552a), the Department of Education (Department) deletes two systems of records from its existing inventory of systems of records subject to the Privacy Act.
Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program; Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Centers
Document Number: 2012-14115
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-11
Agency: Department of Education
The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services announces a priority for the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program administered by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Specifically, this notice announces a priority for Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (TBIMS) Centers. The Assistant Secretary may use this priority for a competition in fiscal year (FY) 2012 and later years. We take this action to focus research attention on areas of national need.
National Board for Education Sciences; Meeting
Document Number: 2012-13884
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-07
Agency: Department of Education
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an upcoming meeting of the National Board for Education Sciences. 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.
Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program-National Data and Statistical Center for the Burn Model Systems
Document Number: 2012-13858
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-07
Agency: Department of Education
The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services announces a priority for the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program administered by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Specifically, this notice announces a priority for a National Data and Statistical Center for the Burn Model Systems (National BMS Data Center). The Assistant Secretary may use this priority for a competition in fiscal year (FY) 2012 and later years. We take this action to focus research attention on areas of national need.
Final Priorities, Requirements, and Selection Criteria-Comprehensive Centers Program (CFDA Number: 84.283B)
Document Number: 2012-13739
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-06
Agency: Department of Education
The Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education announces priorities, requirements, and selection criteria under the Comprehensive Centers Program. The Assistant Secretary may use one or more of these priorities, requirements, and selection criteria for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2012 and later years. We take this action to focus Federal technical assistance on identified State-led reforms. We intend these priorities, requirements, and selection criteria to increase the relevance and usefulness of Comprehensive Center technical assistance.
Applications for New Awards; Comprehensive Centers Program
Document Number: 2012-13735
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-06
Agency: Department of Education
Request for Information on Strategies for Improving Outcomes for Disconnected Youth
Document Number: 2012-13473
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-04
Agency: Department of Education
The President's FY 2013 Budget (FY 2013 budget) included a request for authority to implement ``Performance Partnership Pilots'' that would improve outcomes for disconnected youth. In order to inform the Administration's development of that initiative, this request for information (RFI) seeks recommendations on effective approaches for improving outcomes for disconnected youth by working across Federal, State, and local community programs and systems that provide services to disconnected youth. The input we receive will inform the deliberations of the Federal Interagency Forum on Disconnected Youth about the best use of the authority requested in the FY 2013 budget for the Performance Partnership Pilots and on other actions the Administration might take to improve outcomes for disconnected youth. In addition, responses may also be used to identify opportunities for flexibility within existing authorities.
Notice of Proposed Collection Requests; Comment Request
Document Number: 2012-13412
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-06-04
Agency: Department of Education
On May 14, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education published a 60-day comment period notice in the Federal Register (Page 29360, Column 1) seeking public comment for an information collection entitled, ``Exploratory Study on the Identification of English Learners with Disabilities.'' The number of school districts and schools in the abstract was incorrect. The Abstract is corrected as follows: The purpose of this study is to learn more about current processes and personnel involved in the identification of English Learners (ELs) for special education services. The study has two main components: (1) A review of recent research on the identification of ELs with special needs, and (2) case studies of six school districts and three schools in each district. Findings will be descriptive in nature. The study is not a program evaluation and does not purport to assess program outcomes; however, findings may be useful in informing a future, nationally representative study. The 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.