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Department of Education.


The IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management, invites comments on the proposed information collection requests as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

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Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before September 4, 2007.

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Section 3506 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) requires that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) provide interested Federal agencies and the public an early opportunity to comment on information collection requests. OMB may amend or waive the requirement for public consultation to the extent that public participation in the approval process would defeat the purpose of the information collection, violate State or Federal law, or substantially interfere with any agency's ability to perform its statutory obligations. The IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management, publishes that notice containing proposed information collection requests prior to submission of these requests to OMB. Each proposed information collection, grouped by office, contains the following: (1) Type of review requested, e.g., new, revision, extension, existing or reinstatement; (2) Title; (3) Summary of the collection; (4) Description of the need for, and proposed use of, the information; (5) Respondents and frequency of collection; and (6) Reporting and/or Recordkeeping burden. OMB invites public comment.

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.

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Dated: June 27, 2007.

Angela C. Arrington,

IC Clearance Official, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management.

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Institute of Education Sciences

Type of Review: New.

Title: The Effectiveness of Sheltered Instruction on English Language Learners in Georgia 4th and 5th Grade Classrooms (SIOP).

Frequency: Annually.

Affected Public: Individuals or household; State, Local, or Tribal government SEAs or LEAs.

Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden:

Responses: 640.

Burden Hours: 160.

Abstract: This data collection is for the purpose of assessing the effectiveness of the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model, a model of instruction for teaching English Language Learners (ELLs) that is widely used but whose effectiveness has to date not been evaluated rigorously. This one-year study utilizes an experimental design to examine the impact of SIOP instruction in 4th and 5th grade classrooms in 64 public schools in Georgia (32 treatment, 32 control schools). Research on educational issues of regional importance—such as the teaching of a growing population in the Southeast region, English Language Learners—is a key component of the REL-SE's contract with the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. The study utilizes predominantly extant data (student assessment data collected by LEAs and school personnel data collected by the state department of education) but includes a brief Teacher Survey and classroom observations in the Spring of 2009, with a total of 640 respondents on the survey (and 640 teachers' classrooms observed).

Requests for copies of the proposed information collection request may be accessed from, by selecting the “Browse Pending Collections” link and by clicking on link number 3401. When you access the information collection, click on “Download Attachments” to view. Written requests for information should be addressed to U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Potomac Center, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20202-4700. Requests may also be electronically mailed to or faxed to 202-245-6623. Please specify the complete title of the information collection when making your request.

Comments regarding burden and/or the collection activity requirements should be electronically mailed to Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.

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[FR Doc. E7-12842 Filed 7-2-07; 8:45 am]