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Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.


Notice of Open Meeting.


This notice describes an open meeting of the Reading First Advisory Committee. 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 their opportunity to attend.

Date and Time:

Monday, June 23, 2008 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.


Westin Washington DC City Center at 1400 M Street, NW., Washington, DC 20005.

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Deborah Spitz, Reading First Team Leader, Reading First Advisory Committee; 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202; telephone: (202) 260-3793; fax: (202) 260-8969; e-mail:; Committee Web site:​programs/​readingfirst/​advisory.html.

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The Reading First Advisory Committee is authorized by Sections 1203(c)(2)(a) and 1202(e)(2) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended. The Committee is established within the Department of Education to evaluate Reading First applications submitted by States, to review the progress reports that States submit after the third year of the grant period, to advise on the awarding of Targeted Assistance Grants, and to advise the Secretary on other issues that the Secretary deems appropriate.

On May 1, 2008, the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released the Reading First Impact Study: Interim Report. During the open meeting of the Committee on June 23, 2008, the Committee members will discuss their questions and concerns about the Interim Report. A more detailed agenda will be posted on the Committee Web site prior to the meeting.

The Final Report of the Impact Study, which will provide impact data from three years of program implementation and information on relationships between changes in instructional practice and student reading comprehension, is expected to be released in late 2008.

Individuals who will need accommodations for a disability in order to attend the meeting (e.g., interpreting services, assistance listening devices, or materials in alternative format) should notify Deborah Spitz at (202) 260-3793, no later than ten (10) days before the scheduled date of the meeting. We will attempt to meet requests for accommodations after this date but cannot guarantee their availability. The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities.

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Records are kept of all Committee proceedings and are available for public inspection at 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202, from the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday.

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Amanda Farris,

Deputy Assistant Secretary, The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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[FR Doc. E8-12587 Filed 6-4-08; 8:45 am]