Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records-Impact Evaluation of Race to the Top and School Improvement Grants
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, 5 U.S.C. 552a (Privacy Act), the Department of Education (Department) publishes this notice of a new system of records entitled ``Impact Evaluation of Race to the Top and School Improvement Grants'' (18-13- 32). The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance at the Department's Institute of Education Sciences awarded a contract in September 2010 to Mathematica Policy Research to conduct an implementation and impact evaluation of two of the Department's grant programs: Race to the Top and Title I School Improvement Grants. The system of records will contain records on students in tested grades from approximately 61 school districts in 21 states and the District of Columbia, and will be used to conduct the study.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records-Principal Investigator/Application File and Associated Records
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 ``Institute of Education Sciences Principal Investigator/Application File and Associated Records'' (18-13-26). The Office of the Deputy Director for Science at the Department's Institute of Education Sciences (Institute) will establish and maintain this system of records. The system of records will contain information on individuals who are principal investigators and who have requested grant support or received grant support, or both, from the Institute, either individually or through an academic institution or other organization. The system of records notice will cover a database and paper files containing personally identifying information about these principal investigators, including their names, addresses, telephone numbers, titles, institutional or organizational affiliations, employment histories, professional experiences, academic credentials, current and pending support from other grant programs, research applications submitted to Institute competitions, and the peer reviews (summary statements) and peer review scores associated with their applications. The Institute is building this database to assist Institute staff, who manage the peer review process, by systematically assembling and maintaining files that are necessary and appropriate to the scientific peer review of grant applications submitted to the Institute. The database will also enable applicants and principal investigators who have requested grant support from the Institute to electronically access the reviews and scores for their applications following the peer review of their applications for scientific merit. (An applicant may be an academic institution or other organization that employs a principal investigator and that is identified within the grant application as the applicant).