ED’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.
No Child Left Behind
Information on No Child Left Behind, including the Act and policy, and the Obama Administration’s blueprint for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
More Local Freedom
Rural Education Achievement Program:
Part B of Title VI of the reauthorized ESEA contains Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) initiatives that are designed to help rural districts that may lack the personnel and resources to compete effectively for Federal competitive grants and that often receive grant allocations in amounts that are too small to be effective in meeting their intended purposes.
Family and Community Engagement
Raising the next generation is a shared responsibility. When families, communities and schools work together, students are more successful and the entire community benefits.
Enhancing Education through Technology (Ed-Tech) State Program
The primary goal of this program is to improve student achievement through the use of technology in elementary and secondary schools.
Lead & Manage My School
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation’s schools. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated State Plans:
On March 13, 2017, the Department released a revised template for the consolidated State plan under section 8302 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The purpose of the consolidated State plan is to provide parents with quality, transparent information about how the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA, will be implemented in their State.
Chronic absenteeism in the nation’s schools
An unprecedented look at a hidden educational crisis.
Federal Student Aid
Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation.
Fafsa: Free Application for Federal Student Aid:
Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Office of Educational Technology (OET)
The mission of the Office of Educational Technology (OET) is to provide leadership for transforming education through the power of technology. OET develops national educational technology policy and establishes the vision for how technology can be used to support learning.
Ed Tech Developer’s Guide:
The demand for high-quality educational apps is increasing as communities become more connected, devices become more affordable, and teachers and parents are looking for new ways to use technology to engage students.
We believe that educational opportunities should be available to all learners. Creating an open education ecosystem involves making learning materials, data, and educational opportunities available without restrictions imposed by copyright laws, access barriers, or exclusive proprietary systems that lack interoperability and limit the free exchange of information.
Office of Innovation and improvement (OII)
The Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII) is a strategically designed group of program offices, each serving specific education constituencies with grants, services and information. More than 20 competitive grant programs are administered by five program offices. Additionally, OII is home to services to non-public education and has an office that oversees its financial management and the performance measurement of its grant programs and services.
Competency-Based Learning or Personalized Learning:
Transitioning away from seat time, in favor of a structure that creates flexibility, allows students to progress as they demonstrate mastery of academic content, regardless of time, place, or pace of learning.
Institute of Education Science (IES)
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is the statistics, research, and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Education. We are independent and non-partisan. Our mission is to provide scientific evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and to share this information in formats that are useful and accessible to educators, parents, policymakers, researchers, and the public.
National Center for Education Research (NCER):
The National Center for Education Research (NCER) supports rigorous research that addresses the nation’s most pressing education needs, from early childhood to adult education.
National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE):
The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE) conducts unbiased large-scale evaluations of education programs and practices supported by federal funds; provides research-based technical assistance to educators and policymakers; and supports the synthesis and the wide spread dissemination of the results of research and evaluation throughout the United States.
What Works Clearinghouse:
For more than a decade, the WWC has been a central and trusted source of scientific evidence on education programs, products, practices, and policies. We review the research, determine which studies meet rigorous standards, and summarize the findings. We focus on high-quality research to answer the question “what works in education?”
National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER):
The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), sponsors a comprehensive program of special education research designed to expand the knowledge and understanding of infants, toddlers and children with disabilities.
National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2)
NLTS2 was funded by the U.S. Department of Education and documented the experiences of a national sample of students who were 13 to 16 years of age in 2000 as they moved from secondary school into adult roles. They were 21 to 25 years old at the final data collection in 2009.
National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)
The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) is the U.S. Department of Education’s technical assistance center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program. NCHE is housed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.
The Condition of Education
This website contains key indicators on the condition of education in the United States at all levels, from prekindergarten through postsecondary, as well as labor force outcomes and international comparisons. The indicators summarize important developments and trends using the latest statistics, which are updated throughout the year as new data become available. In addition, this website has Spotlight indicators that provide more in-depth analyses on selected topics.
Preschool and Kindergarten Enrollment
In 2015, the percentage of 3- to 5-year-olds enrolled in preschool programs was higher for children whose parents had a graduate or professional degree (48 percent) than for those whose parents had a bachelor’s degree (42 percent), an associate’s degree (37 percent), some college (37 percent), a high school credential (29 percent), and less than a high school credential (29 percent).
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas.
Every School Day Counts: The Forum Guide to Collecting and Using Attendance Data:
A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn. In this era of increased accountability for states, districts, and schools, the connection between student attendance and learning is being studied more than ever before. As a result, education agencies are asked with increasing frequency to report attendance data in a standard manner to allow comparisons across organizations and jurisdictions.
Education and Certification Qualifications of Departmentalized Public High School-Level Teachers of Selected Subjects:
Hill, J., and Stearns, C. (2015). Education and Certification Qualifications of Departmentalized Public High School-Level Teachers of Selected Subjects: Evidence From the 2011–12 Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES 2015-814). U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.
National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition & Language Instruction Educational Programs (NCELA)
NCELA collects, coordinates, and conveys a broad range of research and resources in support of an inclusive approach to high quality education for ELs. To fulfill its mission, NCELA supports high quality networking among state-level administrators of Title III programs. In addition to SEA coordinators, NCELA serves other stakeholders involved in EL education, including teachers and other practitioners, parents, university faculty, administrators, and federal policymakers.
Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE)
In a constantly changing world that is demanding increasingly complex skills from its workforce, we believe in Preparing America’s Future. OVAE’s policies and programs support the goal that no learner be left behind.
Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL) Center
The Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL) Center, funded by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) of the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to improve the quality of teaching in adult education in the content areas. Focusing on the content area of writing for Adult Basic Education (ABE) students, the TEAL Center offers an intensive program of professional development and individualized technical assistance to participating local staff in 12 states.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, ThinkZone is a one-stop learning portal for research-based apps, games, and interactive tools designed for deep learning across the core subjects.
The portal features tools developed by the most innovative EdTech companies and educational researchers–many of which have been funded by U.S. federal agencies who have worked with our cohort to help develop educational resources capable of transforming student learning for today’s learners.
All learning apps and games are assembled into manageable learning tracks that make them simple to integrate with existing curriculum throughout the school year and maximize their impact on student performance.
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Laws & Guidance
Legislation, regulations, guidance, and other policy documents can be found here for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and other topics.
Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
OCR’s mission is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence through vigorous enforcement of civil rights in our nation’s schools.
Office of Postsecondary Education
OPE works to strengthen the capacity of colleges and universities to promote reform, innovation and improvement in postsecondary education, promote and expand access to postsecondary education and increase college completion rates for America’s students, and broaden global competencies that drive the economic success and competitiveness of our Nation.
Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)
First in the World: provides grants to spur the development of innovations that improve educational outcomes, makes college more affordable for students and families, and develops an evidence base of effective practices.