[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 125 (Friday, June 28, 2013)]
[Page 38957]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-15490]



[Docket No. ED-2013-ICCD-0087]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Trends 
in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS): 2015 
Recruitment and Field Test

AGENCY: National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of 
Education Sciences, Department of Education (ED).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a reinstatement of a 
previously approved information collection.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
August 27, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Comments submitted in response to this notice should be 
submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at 
http://www.regulations.gov by selecting Docket ID number ED-2013-ICCD-
0087 or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. Please 
note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after 
the comment period will not be accepted. Written requests for 
information or comments submitted by postal mail or delivery should be 
addressed to the Director of the Information Collection Clearance 
Division, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, 
Room 2E105, Washington, DC 20202-4537.

[email protected]. Please do not send comments here.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in 
accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 
3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with 
an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing 
collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact 
of its information collection requirements and minimize the public's 
reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department's 
information collection requirements and provide the requested data in 
the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed 
information collection request (ICR) that is described below. 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. Please note that 
written comments received in response to this notice will be considered 
public records.
    Title of Collection: Trends in International Mathematics and 
Science Study (TIMSS): 2015 Recruitment and Field Test.
    OMB Control Number: 1850-0695.
    Type of Review: a reinstatement of a previously approved 
information collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 14,537.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 34,021.
    Abstract: The Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is an 
international assessment of fourth and eighth grade students' 
achievement in mathematics and science. Since its inception in 1995, 
TIMSS has continued to assess students every 4 years (1995, 1999, 2003, 
2007, 2011). Participation in this study provides data on current and 
past education policies and a comparison of U.S. education policies 
with its international counterparts. Periodically, TIMSS has also 
conducted an assessment of advanced mathematics and physics of students 
at the end of secondary school (1995 and 2008). The United States 
participated in TIMSS Advanced in 1995, but not in 2008. Because of the 
current strong policy interest in preparedness for college and for 
careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) 
fields, the U.S. plans to participate in TIMSS Advanced in 2015. This 
submission describes the overarching plan for all phases of the data 
collection, including the field test that will take place in March-
April, 2014, and the main study that will take place in April-May, 
2015. The purpose of the TIMSS field test is to evaluate new assessment 
items and background questions (including the new parent 
questionnaire), to ensure practices that promote low exclusion rates, 
and to ensure that classroom and student sampling procedures proposed 
for the main study are successful. This submission requests approval 
for recruitment for the 2014 field test and the 2015 main study; the 
2014 field test data collection for TIMSS at grades 4 and 8 and TIMSS 
Advanced in grade 12; and a description of the overarching plan for all 
of the phases of the data collection, including data collection in the 
2015 main study.

    Dated: June 24, 2013.
Stephanie Valentine,
Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, 
Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management.
[FR Doc. 2013-15490 Filed 6-27-13; 8:45 am]