Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2022-23 (ECLS-K:2023) Preschool Field Test

Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 147 (Wednesday, July 31, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 147 (Wednesday, July 31, 2019)]
[Pages 37265-37266]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2019-16309]
[Docket No.: ED-2019-ICCD-0091]
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Early
Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2022-23 (ECLS-
K:2023) Preschool Field Test
AGENCY: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Department of
Education (ED).
ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is
proposing a reinstatement of a previously approved information
DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before
September 30, 2019.
ADDRESSES: To access and review all the documents related to the
information collection listed in this notice, please use by searching the Docket ID number ED-2019-ICCD-
0091. Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted
electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at by selecting the Docket ID number or via postal
mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. If the
site is not available to the public for any reason, ED will temporarily
accept comments at [email protected]. Please include the
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docket ID number and the title of the information collection request
when requesting documents or submitting comments. 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, 550 12th Street SW, PCP, Room 9089,
Washington, DC 20202-0023.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to
collection activities, please contact Kashka Kubzdela, 202-245-7377 or
email [email protected].
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: Early Childhood Longitudinal Study,
Kindergarten Class of 2022-23 (ECLS-K:2023) Preschool Field Test.
    OMB Control Number: 1850-0750.
    Type of Review: A reinstatement of a previously approved
information collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or households.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 46,033.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 8,655.
    Abstract: The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS) program,
conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) within
the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of
Education (ED), draws together information from multiple sources to
provide rich, descriptive data on child development, early learning,
and school progress. The ECLS program studies deliver national data on
children's status at birth and at various points thereafter; children's
transitions to nonparental care, early care and education programs, and
school; and children's experiences and growth through the elementary
grades. The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of
2022-23 (ECLS-K:2023) is the fourth cohort in the series of early
childhood longitudinal studies. The study will advance research in
child development and early learning by providing a detailed and
comprehensive source of current information on children's early
learning and development, transitions into kindergarten and beyond, and
progress through school. The ECLS-K:2023 will provide data about the
population of children who will be kindergartners in the 2022-23 school
year, and will go beyond its predecessor kindergarten cohort studies by
adding a round of data collection in the spring prior to children's
kindergarten year, known as the ``preschool round.'' Collecting parent
data beginning in preschool will enable the study to measure influences
on children's development before entry into formal schooling, including
children's home environments and access to early care and education.
The ECLS-K:2023 will focus on children's early school experiences
continuing through the fifth grade, and will include collection of data
from parents, teachers, and school administrators, as well as direct
child assessments. This request is to conduct a field test of the ECLS-
K:2023 preschool data collection activities from January through
October 2020, to field test the preschool data collection materials and
procedures. This ECLS-K:2023 preschool field test will be followed by
the kindergarten-first grade field test (planned for August-December
2021), the spring preschool national data collection (January-June
2022), and the fall (August-December 2022) and spring (March-July 2023)
kindergarten national data collections--which will be requested under
separate clearance submissions.
    Dated: July 26, 2019.
Stephanie Valentine,
PRA Clearance Coordinator, Information Collection Clearance Program,
Information Management Branch, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 2019-16309 Filed 7-30-19; 8:45 am]