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

Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Federal Student Aid; Federal Perkins Loan Program/NDSL Assignment Form
Document Number: 2012-21476
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-30
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. Schools participating in the Federal Perkins Loan Program, formerly the National Direct/Defense Student Loan Program (NDSL), currently use this form to assign defaulted loans to the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) for collection. These defaulted loans may, as outlined in 20 U.S.C. 1087cc and under program regulations 34 CFR 674.50, be assigned to the Federal government (i.e., U.S. Department of Education) for collection when the school has exhausted all efforts in the recovery of the outstanding loan. In addition, schools use this form to assign loans for which a school has approved a total and permanent disability discharge request, in accordance with 34 CFR 674.61(b)(2)(v).
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Federal Student Aid; Electronic Debit Payment Option for Student Loans
Document Number: 2012-21474
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-30
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 Submission for OMB Review; Institute of Education Sciences; Early Childhood Longitudinal Study Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011) Spring Second-Grade Full Scale Collection and Third- and Fourth-Grade Tracking and Third-Grade Recruitment
Document Number: 2012-21473
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-30
Agency: Department of Education
The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011), is a survey that focuses on children's early school experiences beginning with kindergarten and continuing through the fifth grade. It includes the collection of data from parents, teachers, school administrators, and non-parental care providers, as well as direct child assessments. Like the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99 (ECLS-K),\[1]\ the ECLS-K:2011 is exceptionally broad in its scope and coverage of child development, early learning, and school progress, drawing together information from multiple sources to provide rich data about the population of children who were kindergartners in the 2010-11 school year.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Institute of Education Sciences; Needs Sensing Survey Under the REL Program: (Sample Survey Instrument for School Board Members and District Administrators
Document Number: 2012-21472
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-30
Agency: Department of Education
The needs assessment consists of an online survey of a sample of school board members, district administrators, principals, and teachers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The purpose of the sample survey is to assess: the importance these populations attach to the four issues identified in advance by REL Midwest as priorities for the region; for each issue, the types of data and analysis supports, and research and evaluation needs which respondents anticipate would be of particular value; and what factors would increase the likelihood respondents and the populations they represent would turn to the REL for data and analysis supports, or research and evaluation needs in the future. The results of the survey will be used to prioritize the assistance that REL Midwest provides to educators in the region for utilizing their longitudinal data systems, conducting high quality research and evaluation; learning about the best education research; and incorporating data into policy and practice.
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development; EDFacts Collection of ESEA Flexibility Data
Document Number: 2012-21471
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-30
Agency: Department of Education
On September 23, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) invited State educational agencies (SEAs) to request flexibility pursuant to the authority in section 9401 of ESEA, which allows the Secretary of Education to waive, with certain exceptions, any statutory or regulatory requirement of the ESEA for an SEA that receives funds under a program authorized by the ESEA and requests a waiver. In order to ensure that SEAs receiving ESEA flexibility are continuing to meet the intent and purpose of Title I of ESEA, including meeting the educational needs of low-achieving students, closing achievement gaps, and holding schools, local educational agencies, and SEAs accountable for improving the academic achievement of all students, ED will continue to collect all data related to student proficiency rates as well as performance against the annual measurable objectives. This collection will be applicable to SEAs with approved flexibility requests.
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development; Study of Strategies for Improving the Quality of Local Grantee Program Evaluation
Document Number: 2012-21469
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-30
Agency: Department of Education
This study is intended to assist the Department in making 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.
Notice of Membership of the Performance Review Board
Document Number: 2012-21446
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-30
Agency: Department of Education
The Secretary announces the members of the Performance Review Board (PRB) for the Department of Education for the Senior Executive Service (SES). Under 5 U.S.C. 4314(c)(1) through (5), each agency is required to establish one or more PRBs.
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Institute of Education Sciences; Early Childhood Longitudinal Study Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011) Spring Second-Grade Full Scale Collection and Third- and Fourth-Grade Tracking and Third-Grade Recruitment
Document Number: 2012-21292
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-30
Agency: Department of Education
The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011), sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education (ED), is a survey that focuses on children's early school experiences beginning with kindergarten and continuing through the fifth grade. It includes the collection of data from parents, teachers, school administrators, and non-parental care providers, as well as direct child assessments. Like its sister study, the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99 (ECLS-K), the ECLS-K:2011 is exceptionally broad in its scope and coverage of child development, early learning, and school progress, drawing together information from multiple sources to provide rich data about the population of children who were kindergartners in the 2010-11 school year. This submission requests OMB's clearance for (1) A spring 2013 second-grade national data collection; (2) recruitment for the spring 2014 third-grade data collection, and (3) tracking students for the spring 2014 third-grade and spring 2015 fourth-grade data collection.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Institute of Education Sciences; Needs Sensing Survey Under the REL Program: Sample Survey Instrument for School Board Members and District Administrators
Document Number: 2012-21309
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-29
Agency: Department of Education
The needs assessment consists of an online survey of a sample of school board members, district administrators, principals, and teachers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The purpose of the sample survey is to assess: the importance these populations attach to the four issues identified in advance by REL Midwest as priorities for the region; for each issue, the types of data and analysis supports, and research and evaluation needs which respondents anticipate would be of particular value; and what factors would increase the likelihood respondents and the populations they represent would turn to the REL for data and analysis supports, or research and evaluation needs in the future. The results of the survey will be used to prioritize the assistance that REL Midwest provides to educators in the region for utilizing their longitudinal data systems, conducting high quality research and evaluation; learning about the best education research; and incorporating data into policy and practice.
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development; Study of Strategies for Improving the Quality of Local Grantee Program Evaluation
Document Number: 2012-21308
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-29
Agency: Department of Education
This study is intended to assist the Department in making 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.
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Federal Student Aid; Electronic Debit Payment Option for Student Loans
Document Number: 2012-21306
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-29
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 Submission for OMB Review; Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development; EDFacts Collection of ESEA Flexibility Data
Document Number: 2012-21304
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-29
Agency: Department of Education
On September 23, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) invited State educational agencies (SEAs) to request flexibility pursuant to the authority in section 9401 of ESEA, which allows the Secretary of Education to waive, with certain exceptions, any statutory or regulatory requirement of the ESEA for an SEA that receives funds under a program authorized by the ESEA and requests a waiver. In order to ensure that SEAs receiving ESEA flexibility are continuing to meet the intent and purpose of Title I of ESEA, including meeting the educational needs of low-achieving students, closing achievement gaps, and holding schools, local educational agencies, and SEAs accountable for improving the academic achievement of all students, ED will continue to collect all data related to student proficiency rates as well as performance against the annual measurable objectives. This collection will be applicable to SEAs with approved flexibility requests.
President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
Document Number: 2012-21230
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-28
Agency: Department of Education
This notice sets forth the announcement of a conference call meeting of the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. The notice also describes the functions of the Commission. Notice of the meeting is required by section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and is intended to notify the public of this meeting.
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; 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: 2012-21047
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-27
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. Major topics covered for the postsecondary years include postsecondary education access, choice, and persistence; baccalaureate and sub-baccalaureate attainment; the work experiences of the non-college-bound; and other markers of adult status such as family formation, civic participation, and other young adult life course developments. This collection includes the third follow-up 2012 full scale data collection.
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Institute of Education Sciences; 2012-13 Teacher Follow-Up Survey (TFS:2013) and Principal Follow-Up Survey (PFS:2013) to the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS)
Document Number: 2012-21045
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-27
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:2013) and Principal Follow-up Survey (PFS:2013) to the 2011-12 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS:2012). The seventh cycle of SASS (2011-12) is currently being conducted and the proposed TFS:2013 will be the seventh corresponding cycle of TFS, while PFS:2013 will be the second cycle of PFS. 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. Kindergarten teachers in schools with at least a first grade are also surveyed. For traditional public school districts, principals, schools, teachers, and school libraries, the survey estimates are state-representative. For public charter schools, principals, teachers, and school libraries, the survey estimates are nationally-representative. For private school principals, schools, and teachers, the survey estimates are representative of private school types. The TFS is a survey of teachers with the main purpose of providing a one-year teacher attrition rate. The PFS is a survey of principals that assesses how many school principals work in the same school as reported a year earlier in SASS:2012, how many have moved to become a principal at another school, and how many have left the principalship altogether. Similar to earlier TFS collections, the TFS:2013 sample of 7,000 teachers (drawn using a sampling design similar to that used in earlier TFS collections) is a sub-sample of the teachers who responded to SASS:2012. The PFS:2013 sample includes all of the approximately 9,800 schools whose principals completed questionnaires in SASS:2012.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Federal Student Aid; Student Assistance General Provisions-Student Right To Know
Document Number: 2012-20775
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-23
Agency: Department of Education
The proposed changes to the current regulations require institutions to disclose the employment and placement rate, retention rate of first-time, full-time undergraduate students, and completion and graduation rate data disaggregated by gender, race, and grant or loan assistance in addition to the currently required reporting to prospective and enrolled students and employees.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2012-20407
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-20
Agency: Department of Education
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (Privacy Act), the Department of Education (Department) publishes this notice to revise the system of records notice for the Investigative Files of the Inspector General (18-10-01), 64 FR 30151-30153 (June 4, 1999), as corrected by 67 FR 4415-4417 (January 30, 2002), as amended by 68 FR 38153-38158 (June 26, 2003), as amended by 75 FR 33608-33610 (June 14, 2010), as corrected by 75 FR 36374-36375 (June 25, 2010). The Department amends this system of records notice by: proposing to revise routine use (14), ``Disclosure to the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (RATB),'' to allow disclosure to any successor entity of the RATB, to the Government Accountability and Transparency Board (GATB) or any successor entity, or to any other Federal, State, local, or foreign agency or other entity responsible for coordinating and conducting oversight of Federal funds, in order to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse related to Federal funds, or for assisting in the enforcement, investigation, prosecution, or oversight of violations of administrative, civil, or criminal law or regulation. This system of records provides essential support for investigative activities of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) relating to the Department's programs and operations, enabling the OIG to secure and maintain the necessary information and to coordinate with other law enforcement agencies as appropriate.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL)
Document Number: 2012-20392
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-20
Agency: Department of Education
States wishing to receive funding under the State Independent Living Services and Centers for Independent Living programs must submit an approvable three-year State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) to the Rehabilitation Services Administration. The purpose of these programs is to promote the independent living philosophybased on consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access and individual and systems advocacyto maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence and productivity of individuals with significant disabilities and to promote and maximize the integration and full inclusion of individuals with significant disabilities into the mainstream of American society. The SPIL encompasses the activities planned by the State to achieve its specified independent living objectives and reflects the State's commitment to comply with all applicable statutory and regulatory requirements during the three years covered by the plan.
National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI)
Document Number: 2012-20281
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-17
Agency: Department of Education
This notice sets forth the agenda for the December 11-12, 2012, meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI); and provides information to members of the public on submitting written comments and on requesting to make oral comments at the meeting. The notice of this meeting is required under Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and Section 114(d)(1)(B) of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended. Meeting Date and Place: The NACIQI meeting will be held on December 11-12, 2012, from approximately 8:00 a.m. to approximately 5:30 p.m. at a location to be determined in the Washington, DC area. The exact location will be published in the Federal Register and on the Department's Web site at http: //www2.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/ naciqi.html#meetings by November 2, 2012. Meeting Agenda: The meeting will include a review of accrediting and State agencies seeking a renewal of recognition and a policy discussion session on NACIQI's potential for addressing HEA-related accreditation issues and recommendations currently being discussed within the higher education community. Below is a list of agencies, including their current and requested scopes of recognition, scheduled for review during the December 11-12, 2012, meeting:
Equity and Excellence Commission
Document Number: 2012-20156
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-16
Agency: Department of Education
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of an up-coming meeting of the Equity and Excellence Commission (Commission). The notice also describes the functions of the Commission. Notice of this meeting is required by section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and is intended to notify the public of their opportunity to attend.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Office of Postsecondary Education; Secretary's Recognition of Accrediting Agencies
Document Number: 2012-20151
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-16
Agency: Department of Education
The information collected is required to determine if an accrediting agency complies with the Secretary of Education's Criteria for Recognition and is used to allow the Secretary to make determinations on extending and/or continuing recognition.
Applications for New Awards; Race to the Top-District
Document Number: 2012-20037
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-16
Agency: Department of Education
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Office of Vocational and Adult Education; Perkins Discretionary Grant Performance Report
Document Number: 2012-19947
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-15
Agency: Department of Education
The Perkins Discretionary Grant Performance Report will be used for interim and final performance reporting. The Perkins Discretionary Grant Performance Report form will also be used by grant recipients for other interim reporting such as quarterly or semi-annual performance and/or financial reporting.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Federal Student Aid; 2013-2014 Federal Student Aid Application
Document Number: 2012-19943
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-15
Agency: Department of Education
As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice requests comments on the 2013-2014 versions of the forms used by individuals applying for federal student aid including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Student Aid Report (SAR).
Applications for New Awards; Comprehensive Centers Program (CFDA 84.283B); Correction
Document Number: 2012-19937
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-15
Agency: Department of Education
On June 6, 2012, we published in the Federal Register (77 FR 33564) a notice inviting applications for new awards using fiscal year (FY) 2012 funds for the Comprehensive Centers program (2012 notice). The 2012 notice erroneously listed deadline dates for intergovernmental review under Executive Order (EO) 12372 and its implementing regulations in 34 CFR part 79. The Secretary had decided to waive the EO 12372 review of the 2012 notice, as authorized under part 79, but the notice did not reflect that decision. The Secretary made the decision to waive this review because we would otherwise not be able to make timely grant awards for the Comprehensive Centers program for FY 2012. We are correcting the 2012 notice to remove the requirement that applicants submit their applications for intergovernmental review.
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development; Strategies for Preparing At-Risk Youth for Postsecondary Success
Document Number: 2012-19480
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-09
Agency: Department of Education
Strategies for Preparing At-Risk Youth for Postsecondary Success focuses on preventing students from dropping out and preparing them for postsecondary education or training.
Final Priority; Technical Assistance on State Data Collection, Analysis, and Reporting-National IDEA Technical Assistance Center on Early Childhood Longitudinal Data Systems
Document Number: 2012-19478
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-08-08
Agency: Department of Education
The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services announces a priority under the Technical Assistance on State Data Collection program. The Assistant Secretary may use this priority for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2012 and later years. We take this action to focus attention on an identified national need to provide technical assistance (TA) to States to improve their capacity to meet the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) data collection, analysis, and reporting requirements. We intend this priority to establish a TA center to assist States in developing or enhancing statewide early childhood longitudinal data systems, by which we mean data systems that include child-level data for infants, toddlers, and young children with disabilities (birth through age 5) served through early childhood programs under IDEA Part C and Part B preschool programs. These statewide early childhood longitudinal data systems would be part of a coordinated early learning data system, by which we mean data systems that vertically and horizontally link child, program, and workforce data elements related to children (birth through age 5). This TA will build States' capacity to report high-quality data to meet IDEA reporting requirements.
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Federal Student Aid; William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program/Federal Family Loan (FFEL) Program: Deferment Request Forms
Document Number: 2012-19403
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-08
Agency: Department of Education
This form serves as the means by which borrowers in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) and Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Programs may request an Income-Based or Income- Contingent Repayment Plans if they meet certain statutory and regulaotry criteria.
Proposed Priority; Technical Assistance To Improve State Data Capacity-National Technical Assistance Center To Improve State Capacity To Accurately Collect and Report IDEA Data
Document Number: 2012-19162
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-08-06
Agency: Department of Education
The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services proposes a funding priority under the Technical Assistance (TA) on State Data Capacity program. The Assistant Secretary may use this proposed priority for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2012 and later years. We take this action to focus attention on an identified national need to provide TA to improve the capacity of States to meet the data collection requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Tests Determined To Be Suitable for Use in the National Reporting System for Adult Education
Document Number: 2012-19143
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-06
Agency: Department of Education
The Secretary annually announces tests, test forms, and delivery formats that the Secretary determines to be suitable for use in the National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS).
Notice of Proposed Information Collection Requests; Institute of Education Sciences; Impact Evaluation of Teacher and Leader Evaluation Systems
Document Number: 2012-19136
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-06
Agency: Department of Education
This study provides important implementation and impact information on the kinds of performance evaluation systems currently discussed in federal policy.
Final Priorities and Definitions; State Personnel Development Grants
Document Number: 2012-18907
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-08-02
Agency: Department of Education
The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services announces two priorities for State Personnel Development Grants (SPDGs): Effective and Efficient Delivery of Professional Development (Priority 1) and Targeting Teachers' Professional Development Needs Based on Student Growth (Priority 2). The Assistant Secretary may use one or more of these priorities for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2012 and later years. The Assistant Secretary also announces definitions applicable to this program and these priorities. We take this action to assist State educational agencies (SEAs) to make their systems of professional development more effective and efficient by providing evidence-based and ongoing professional development that uses technology to support the implementation of evidence-based practices and to assist local educational agencies (LEAs) in providing professional development targeted to meet the specific needs of teachers identified by teacher evaluation systems that take into account student growth as a significant factor in determining performance levels. We intend to use these priorities to improve educational services and outcomes for children with disabilities.
Notice of Submission for OMB Review; Federal Student Aid; Federal Perkins Loan Program Master Promissory Note
Document Number: 2012-18713
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-01
Agency: Department of Education
The Federal Perkins Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) provides the terms and conditions of the Perkins Loan program and is prepared by the participating eligible institution and signed by the borrower.