Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Cycle II 2022 Tribal Communications Materials

ICR 202205-1850-001

OMB: 1850-0972

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Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Cycle II 2022 Tribal Communications Materials
New collection (Request for a new OMB Control Number)   No
Emergency 05/16/2022
  Requested Previously Approved
6 Months From Approved
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This is an emergency request (under 5 CFR 1320.13(a)) to approve new recruitment and communication materials to contact six Native American tribal leaders to request the cooperation of their communities in an upcoming data collection. The Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is a cyclical, large-scale study of adult skills and life experiences focusing on education and employment. PIAAC is an international study designed to assess adults in different countries over a broad range of abilities, from simple reading to complex problem-solving skills, and to collect information on individuals’ skill use and background. The U.S. will administer the PIAAC 2022 assessment to a nationally representative sample of adults, along with a background questionnaire with questions about their education background, work history, the skills they use on the job and at home, their civic engagement, and sense of their health and well-being. The results are used to compare the skills capacities of the workforce-aged adults in participating countries, and to learn more about relationships between educational background, employment, and other outcomes. PIAAC is coordinated by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and developed by participating countries with the support of the OECD. In the United States, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), within the U.S. Department of Education (ED) conducts PIAAC. In preparation for the main study collection, PIAAC Cycle II began with an Operational Field Test in 2021, in which 32 countries are expected to participate with the primary goal of testing the PIAAC 2022 planned operations (OMB# 1850-0870 v.10). In February 2022, NCES published a Federal Register Notice soliciting 60 days of public comment on the materials for the PIAAC Cycle II 2022 Main Study (87 FR 9330-9331). Upon clearance of this Emergency Submission, the materials contained here will be added to the package of the materials for the PIAAC Cycle II 2022 Main Study and a Federal Register Notice soliciting an additional 30 days of public comment will be published. That final submission (OMB# 1850-0870 v.11) will describe the complete and final plans for the administration of the PIAAC Cycle II 2022 Main Study. For that reason, NCES will not publish a Federal Register Notice soliciting comment solely on these communication materials. This extremely time-sensitive situation has arisen because, for the first time, part of PIAAC’s U.S. sample for this administration is in tribal lands and territories, and so NCES needs to ask permission and cooperation to enter and collect data in those areas. At the time of the 60-day submission, the primary sampling unit (PSU) selection process had not yet begun. Once the PSUs and secondary sampling units (SSUs) were selected, the geographies were overlaid with information on tribal areas revealing that six tribal territories fell into the sample. The higher-than-expected number of PSUs in tribal territories may be due in part to the augmented Cycle II sample design which facilitates small area estimates and includes at least two PSUs in every state.
The primary purpose of this memo is to demonstrate the need for an emergency review under 5 CFR 1320.13(a) of new contact and recruitment materials to contact six Native American tribal leaders. The need for immediate clearance is due to the time sensitivity of these communications, as these relationships take time to establish and PIAAC 2022 is due to begin data collection in September 2022. Normal clearance procedures would not allow NCES to follow the mandates set by the sponsoring international organization and make the required changes to the data collection while also respecting the timeline specified for this data collection.

US Code: 20 USC 9573 Name of Law: Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002

Not associated with rulemaking


IC Title Form No. Form Name
Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Cycle II 2022 Tribal Communications Materials

  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 1 0 0 1 0 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 1 0 0 1 0 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miscellaneous Actions
This is a new emergency data collection request.

Yes Part B of Supporting Statement
Carrie Clarady 202 245-6347


On behalf of this Federal agency, I certify that the collection of information encompassed by this request complies with 5 CFR 1320.9 and the related provisions of 5 CFR 1320.8(b)(3).
The following is a summary of the topics, regarding the proposed collection of information, that the certification covers:
    (i) Why the information is being collected;
    (ii) Use of information;
    (iii) Burden estimate;
    (iv) Nature of response (voluntary, required for a benefit, or mandatory);
    (v) Nature and extent of confidentiality; and
    (vi) Need to display currently valid OMB control number;
If you are unable to certify compliance with any of these provisions, identify the item by leaving the box unchecked and explain the reason in the Supporting Statement.

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