Impact Evaluation of Departmentalized Instruction in Elementary Schools

ICR 202103-1850-008

OMB: 1850-0942

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1850-0942 202103-1850-008
Received in OIRA 201801-1850-001
ED/IES ED-2021-SCC-0050
Impact Evaluation of Departmentalized Instruction in Elementary Schools
Extension without change of a currently approved collection   No
Regular 06/07/2021
  Requested Previously Approved
12/31/2022 06/30/2021
4 8,531
80 3,202
0 0

This study is authorized by Section 8601 of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which tasks the U.S. Department of Education with conducting evaluations to build the evidence base in education. Finding creative ways to redeploy existing teachers in the classroom may yield academic benefits to students at little cost. One such strategy is departmentalized instruction, where each teacher specializes in teaching certain subjects to multiple classes of students instead of teaching all subjects to a single class of students (self-contained instruction). While nearly ubiquitous in secondary schools, departmentalization has only recently become more popular in upper elementary grades. This evaluation is examining the implementation and outcomes of teachers and students as they departmentalize in fourth and fifth grades. In doing so, it will generate valuable evidence on an improvement strategy that low-performing elementary schools identified under ESSA may consider adopting.

PL: Pub.L. 114 - 95 8601 Name of Law: Elementary and Secondary Education Act (as amended by ESSA)

Not associated with rulemaking

  86 FR 16712 03/31/2021
86 FR 30311 06/07/2021

IC Title Form No. Form Name
Impact Evaluation of Departmentalized Instruction in Elementary Schools NA Administrative Records Data Request

  Total Request Previously Approved Change Due to New Statute Change Due to Agency Discretion Change Due to Adjustment in Estimate Change Due to Potential Violation of the PRA
Annual Number of Responses 4 8,531 0 -8,527 0 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 80 3,202 0 -3,122 0 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miscellaneous Actions
This evaluation's information collection was originally approved in 2018 (OMB 1850-0942) and included several activities (principal interviews, a teacher survey, district administrative records (e.g., teacher retention, student attendance/test scores)). Most of these activities are complete. About 100 schools from 12 districts across the nation were initially recruited for the evaluation, with half agreeing to implement departmentalization for two years while the others maintain self-contained instruction. Comparing the data between departmentalized and self-contained study schools will provide policy-relevant evidence on departmentalization as a potential school improvement strategy. However, due to delays and uncertainty from the coronavirus pandemic, it is infeasible to finish collecting the district data on students and teachers by the OMB expiration date. This package requests an extension to the original expiration date to finish collecting just that district data.

Yes Part B of Supporting Statement
Thomas Wei 202 208-0452


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