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Sept 8 -- The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education, invites the public to provide comments to OMB by October 8, 2021 regarding proposed revisions to the National Public Education Financial Survey (NPEFS) for 2019-2021.
 
The National Public Education Financial Survey (NPEFS) is the Nation's only source of annual statistical information about total revenues and expenditures for public elementary and secondary education at the state level. NCES and the Economic Reimbursable Surveys Division of the U.S. Census Bureau (Census) collaborate to collect public education finance data. Census administers the NPEFS data collection for NCES under interagency agreement.
 
NPEFS provides detailed finance data at the state level, including average daily attendance; school district revenues by source (local, state, and federal); and expenditures by function (instruction, support services, and non-instruction), sub function (e.g., school administration), and object (e.g., salaries). This survey also includes capital outlay and debt service expenditures. The NPEFS includes data on all public schools from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. NPEFS serves as both a statistical and an administrative collection used for a number of federal program funding allocations.
 
This submission for 30-day public review requests changes to the National Public Education Financial Survey (NPEFS) data collection. As a direct result of the COVID-19 circumstances, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is requesting to: (1) Amend the instructions for Average Daily Attendance (ADA) on NPEFS; (2) Obtain approval to send a letter to Chief State School Officers (CSSOs) and State Fiscal Coordinators pertaining to ADA; (3) Amend the data plan for NPEFS; (4) Add certain data items to NPEFS; (5) Make other small changes to FY 20 NPEFS, based on regular communication with state fiscal coordinators; and (6) Change the estimated respondent burden and the costs to the federal government incurred by the above changes.
 
NPEFS website: https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/stfis.asp
NPEFS package submitted to OMB, including survey forms and technical documentation: https://www.regulations.gov/docket/ED-2021-SCC-0132/document  Submit comments through this webpage.
FR notice inviting comment: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/09/08/2021-19332/agency-information-collection-activities-submission-to-the-office-of-management-and-budget-for
 
Point of contact:  Stephen Q. Cornman, Statistician, Common Core of Data, NCES (202) 245-7753, stephen.cornman@ed.gov

For AEA members wishing to submit comments, "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" is available at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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