From the Federal Register:
Title of Collection: 2016-17 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study Field Test Data Collection.
Abstract: This request is for the National Center for Education Statistics to conduct a field test of the 2016/17 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study. The B&B studies of the education, work, financial, and personal experiences of individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree at a given point in time are a series of longitudinal studies. . .
The primary purposes of the B&B studies are to describe the post-baccalaureate paths of new college graduates, with a focus on their experiences in the labor market and post-baccalaureate education, and their education-related debt. B&B also focuses on the continuing education paths of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics graduates, as well as the experiences of those who have begun careers in education of students through the 12th grade. . .
A notice in the Federal Register reads, “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.”
(1) How does collecting information on individuals who have received their BA help a system of education that is failing at the elementary and secondary level?
(2) By whom will this information be used and for what purpose?
(3) The estimate of burden on the public is the failure of education at the elementary level.
(4) and (5) The information is unnecessary and the burden must be removed by discontinuing all data collection on post secondary individuals.
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