Institute of Education Sciences

Created as part of the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) was charged with providing scientific evidence that informs education policy and practice. In addition, IES was expected to share research information in ways that are useful and accessible to educators, parents, policy makers, researchers, and the general public.

The IES is divided into four research and statistics centers: (1) the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE), (2) the National Center for Education Research (NCER), (3) the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), and (4) the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Each of the centers has various programs that focus on specific areas related to the overall mission of IES. ...

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