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Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records-Impact Evaluation of Teacher Preparation Models

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AGENCY:

Institute of Education Sciences, Department of Education.

ACTION:

Notice of a new system of records.

SUMMARY:

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 Impact Evaluation of Teacher Preparation Models (18-13-10). The system contains information about teachers from selected teacher preparation programs and their students. The selected teacher preparation programs are a sample of 10 programs with low entrance requirements—5 of which also have minimal course requirements and 5 of which also have substantial course requirements. To identify the 10 programs, the contractor selected from 165 programs in 12 states with low entrance selectivity requirements. The study sample consists of teachers in districts and schools where there is both an alternatively certified teacher and a traditionally certified teacher with similar amounts of prior teaching experience who teach in the same grade. A pair of new teachers in the same grade was formed at each of 80 schools included in the study, with 1 teacher having taken the traditional route and 1 the alternative route to certification.

The system includes the teachers' social security numbers; the teachers' demographic information—such as race/ethnicity, age, and educational background; information from two classroom observations; and the results of the teachers' standardized test scores (e.g., existing SAT or ACT scores) as well as their students' standardized test scores. The Department seeks comment on this new system of records described in this notice, in accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act.

DATES:

We must receive your comments on the proposed routine uses for the system of records described in this notice on or before September 6, 2005.

The Department filed a report describing the new system of records covered by this notice with the Chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, the Chair of the House Committee on Government Reform, and the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on August 2, 2005. This system of records will become effective at the later date of: (1) The expiration of the 40 day period for OMB review on September 12, 2005 or (2) September 6, 2005, unless the system of records needs to be changed as a result of public comment or OMB review.

ADDRESSES:

Address all comments about the proposed routine uses to Dr. Ricky Takai, Associate Commissioner, Evaluation Division, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW., room 502D, Washington, DC 20208-0001. Telephone: (202) 208-7083. If you prefer to send comments through the Internet, use the following address: comments@ed.gov. You must include the term “Impact Evaluation of Teacher Preparation Models” in the subject line of the electronic message.

During and after the comment period, you may inspect all comments about this notice in room 310, 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW., Washington, DC, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday of each week except Federal holidays.

Assistance to Individuals With Disabilities in Reviewing the Rulemaking Record

On request, we will supply an appropriate aid, such as a reader or print magnifier, to an individual with a disability who needs assistance to review the comments or other documents in the public rulemaking record for this notice. If you want to schedule an appointment for this type of aid, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dr. Ricky Takai. Telephone: (202) 208-7083. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339.

Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the contact person listed under this section.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Introduction

The Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) requires the Department to publish in the Federal Register this notice of a new system of records maintained by the Department. The Department's regulations implementing the Privacy Act are contained in part 5b of title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

The Privacy Act applies to information about individuals that contains individually identifiable information that is retrieved by a unique identifier associated with each individual, such as a name or social security number. The information about each individual is called a “record,” and the system, whether manual or computer-based, is called a “system of records.” The Privacy Act requires each agency to publish notices of new or altered systems of records in the Federal Register and to submit reports to the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, the Chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the Chair of the House Committee on Government Start Printed Page 45379Reform, whenever the agency publishes a new or altered system of records.

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The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the CFR is available on GPO Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/​nara/​index.html.

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Dated: August 2, 2005.

Grover Whitehurst,

Director, Institute of Education Sciences.

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For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Director of the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, publishes a notice of a new system of records to read as follows:

18-13-10

SYSTEM NAME:

Impact Evaluation of Teacher Preparation Models.

SECURITY CLASSIFICATION:

None.

SYSTEM LOCATION:

(1) Evaluation Division, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW., room 502D, Washington, DC 20208-0001.

(2) Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. (MPR), 600 Alexander Park, Princeton, NJ 08540.

CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM:

This system contains records on teachers who have taken traditional and alternative routes to certification programs and who are participating in the Impact Evaluation of Teacher Preparation Methods. The system contains information about teachers from selected teacher preparation programs and their students. The selected teacher preparation programs are a sample of 10 programs with low entrance requirements—5 of which also have minimal course requirements and 5 of which also have substantial course requirements. To identify the 10 programs, the contractor selected from 165 programs in 12 states with low entrance selectivity requirements. The study sample consists of teachers in districts and schools where there is both an alternatively certified teacher and a traditionally certified teacher with similar amounts of prior teaching experience who teach in the same grade. A pair of new teachers in the same grade was formed at each of 80 schools included in the study, with 1 teacher having taken the traditional route and 1 the alternative route to certification. Participation of both teachers and their students in the evaluation is voluntary.

CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:

The system includes the teachers' social security numbers; the teachers' demographic information—such as race/ethnicity, age, and educational background; information from two classroom observations (e.g., lesson content; student and teacher activities during the lesson; student engagement, nature of teacher/student interactions, learning environment); and the results of the teachers' standardized test scores (e.g., existing SAT or ACT scores) as well as the teachers' students' standardized test scores.

AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM:

The evaluation being conducted is authorized under sections 171(b) and 173 of the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (ESRA) (20 U.S.C. 9561(b) and 9563) and section 9601 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) (20 U.S.C. 7941). The authority for using ESEA funds to support the underlying teacher preparation programs that are being evaluated is Title II, Part A, subparts 1 and 2 of ESEA (20 U.S.C. 6611-6623).

PURPOSE(S):

The information in this system is used for the following purposes: (1) To support evaluation and research of teacher quality; and (2) to provide information on effective practices in teacher pre-service for the purpose of improving teacher preparation programs.

ROUTINE USES OF RECORDS MAINTAINED IN THE SYSTEM, INCLUDING CATEGORIES OF USERS AND THE PURPOSE OF SUCH USES:

The Department may disclose information contained in a record in this system of records under the routine uses listed in this system of records without the consent of the individual if the disclosure is compatible with the purposes for which the record was collected. These disclosures may be made on a case-by-case basis or, if the Department has complied with the computer matching requirements of the Act, under a computer matching agreement. Any disclosure of individually identifiable information from a record in this system must also comply with the requirements of section 183 of the ESRA (20 U.S.C. 9573) providing for confidentiality standards that apply to all collections, reporting and publication of data by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

(1) Contract Disclosure. If the Department contracts with an entity for the purposes of performing any function that requires disclosure of records in this system to employees of the contractor, the Department may disclose the records to those employees. Before entering into such a contract, the Department shall require the contractor to maintain Privacy Act safeguards as required under 5 U.S.C. 552a(m) with respect to the records in the system.

(2) Research Disclosure. The Department may disclose records to a researcher if an appropriate official of the Department determines that the individual or organization to which the disclosure would be made is qualified to carry out specific research related to functions or purposes of this system of records. The official may disclose records from this system of records to that researcher solely for the purpose of carrying out that research related to the functions or purposes of this system of records. The researcher shall be required to maintain Privacy Act safeguards with respect to the disclosed records.

(3) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advice Disclosure. The Department may disclose records to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Office of Management and Budget if the Department concludes that disclosure is desirable or necessary in determining whether particular records are required to be disclosed under the FOIA.

DISCLOSURE TO CONSUMER REPORTING AGENCIES:

Not applicable to this system notice.

POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR STORING, RETRIEVING, ACCESSING, RETAINING, AND DISPOSING OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:

STORAGE:

The Department maintains records on CD-ROM, and the contractor maintains data for this system on computers and in hard copy.

RETRIEVABILITY:

Records in this system are indexed by a number assigned to each individual Start Printed Page 45380that is cross referenced by the individual's name on a separate list.

SAFEGUARDS:

All physical access to the Department's site, and the site of the Department's contractor where this system of records is maintained, is controlled and monitored by security personnel. The computer system employed by the Department offers a high degree of resistance to tampering and circumvention. This computer system limits data access to Department and contract staff on a “need to know” basis, and controls individual users” ability to access and alter records within the system.

The contractor, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. (MPR), has established a set of procedures to ensure confidentiality of data. The system ensures that information identifying individuals is in files physically separated from other research data. MPR will maintain security of the complete set of all master data files and documentation. Access to individually identifiable data will be strictly controlled. All data will be kept in locked file cabinets during nonworking hours, and work on hardcopy data will take place in a single room, except for data entry. Physical security of electronic data will also be maintained. Security features that protect project data include: Password-protected accounts that authorize users to use the MPR system but to access only specific network directories and network software; user rights and directory and file attributes that limit those who can use particular directories and files and determine how they can use them; e-mail passwords that authorize the user to access mail services; and additional security features that the network administrator establishes for projects as needed. The contractor employees who maintain (collect, maintain, use or disseminate) data in this system must comply with the requirements of the confidentiality standards in section 183 of the ESRA (20 U.S.C. 9573).

RETENTION AND DISPOSAL:

Records are maintained and disposed of in accordance with the Department's Records Disposition Schedules (ED/RDS) in Part 3 (Research Projects and Management Study Records) and Part 14 (Electronic Records).

SYSTEM MANAGER AND ADDRESS:

Associate Commissioner, Evaluation Division, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW., room 502D, Washington, DC 20208-0001.

NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE:

If you wish to determine whether a record exists regarding you in the system of records, contact the systems manager. Your request must meet the requirements of regulations in 34 CFR 5b.5, including proof of identity.

RECORD ACCESS PROCEDURE:

If you wish to gain access to your record in the system of records, contact the system manager. Your request must meet the requirements of regulations in 34 CFR 5b.5, including proof of identity.

CONTESTING RECORD PROCEDURE:

If you wish to contest the content of a record regarding you in the system of records, contact the system manager. Your request must meet the requirements of regulations in 34 CFR 5b.7, including proof of identity.

RECORD SOURCE CATEGORIES:

The system includes information that is taken from teachers directly, such as the teachers' social security numbers; the teachers' demographic information—such as race/ethnicity, age, and educational background. It also includes information obtained from two classroom observations of the teachers from trained researchers; the results of the teachers' standardized test scores (e.g., existing SAT or ACT scores), which are obtained from the College Board or ACT with the teachers' consent; and the standardized test scores of the teachers' students, which are obtained directly from the students in the teachers' classes.

EXEMPTIONS CLAIMED FOR THE SYSTEM:

None.

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[FR Doc. 05-15535 Filed 8-4-05; 8:45 am]

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