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Government Documents: Education


U.S. Department of Education LogoDepartment of Education : Mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Education information spanning preschool through graduate school. ED provides access to a network of legislation, regulation and policy guidelines on elementary & secondary education, higher education, adult education, special education & rehabilitative services, and vocational education.

Student Loans
Laws & Guidance
Data & Statistics

Department of Education Agencies: (=Link to agency organizational chart)

Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Evaluation & Regional Assistance National Center for Education Research National Center for Education Statistics  National Center for Special Education Research  Office of Educational Technology Office of Elementary & Secondary Education Office of English Language Acquisition Office of Federal Student Aid Office of Innovation & Improvement Office of Postsecondary Education Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services Office of Career, Technical & Adult Education

ED Data Express: Data about elementary & secondary schools in the U.S.


Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships: Goals: Engage community-based organizations, both secular and faith‐based, in building a culture of high expectations and support for education; Develop and support initiatives within the federal government to help maximize the education contributions of community-based organizations, including faith and interfaith organizations; Strengthen partnerships between community‐based organizations and schools to help improve the nation’s lowest‐achieving schools.


Institute of Education Sciences LogoInstitute of Education Sciences : IES is the statistics, research, and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Education. It is independent and non-partisan. The 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.

ERIC: Education Resources Information Clearinghouse IconERIC: Education Resources Information Clearinghouse: ERIC is an internet-based digital library of education research and information sponsored by the IES. ERIC provides access to bibliographic records of journal and non-journal literature from 1966 to the present. ERIC's mission is to provide a comprehensive, easy-to-use, searchable Internet-based bibliographic and full-text database of education research and information for educators, researchers, and the general public.

What Works Clearinghouse: WWC reviews the existing research on different programs, products, practices, and policies in education. The goal is to provide educators with the information they need to make evidence-based decisions.

The National Library of Education: Serves as the federal government's primary education information resource to the public, education community, and other government agencies. The Library's collection focuses on education, but also includes fields such as law, public policy, economics, urban affairs, sociology, history, philosophy, and information science.
WorldCat: National Library of Education: Search National Library of Education and beyond.

Available Datasets & Tools


National Center for Education Evaluation & Regional Assistance IconNational Center for Education Evaluation & Regional Assistance : NCEE conducts unbiased, large-scale evaluations of education programs supported by federal funds; provides technical assistance; and supports the development and use of research and evaluation throughout the U.S.


National Center for Education Research IconNational Center for Education Research : NCER supports rigorous research that contributes to the solution of significant education problems in our country. Through its research programs and the national research and development centers, NCER supports research activities to improve the quality of education and thereby, increase student academic achievement, reduce the achievement gap between high-performing and low-performing students, and increase access to and completion of postsecondary education. NCER also funds predoctoral and postdoctoral research training programs to invest in the training and development of the next generation of education researchers.

Research Programs
R&D Centers
Funding Opportunities


National Center for Education Statistics IconNational Center for Education Statistics : NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. NCES fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally.

Surveys & Programs:
   • National Assessments: National Assessment of Educational Progress; National Assessment of Adult Literacy
   • International Assessments: International Activities Program
   • Early Childhood: Early Childhood Longitudinal Study; National Household Education Survey
   • Elementary/Secondary: Common Core of Data; Secondary Longitudinal Studies Program; Education Demographic & Geographic
; Schools & Staffing Survey; and more.
   • Library Statistics Program

   • Postsecondary: Baccalaureate & Beyond Longitudinal Study; Career & Technical Education Statistics; Integrated Postsecondary
      Education Data System
; National Postsecondary Student Aid Survey; and more.
   • Data Systems, Use & Privacy: Common Education Data Standards; National Forum on Education Statistics; Statewide Longitudinal
      Data Systems Grant Program
; and more.
   • Resources
: Distance Learning Dataset Training; National Postsecondary Education Cooperation; Statistical Standards Program
Data Tools:
   • EDAT: Education Data Analysis Tool: Download NCES survey datasets to your computer.
   • IPEDS Data Center: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System
   • IPEDS Analytics: Delta Cost Project Database: Data translated into analytical formats to allow for longitudinal analyses of trends in
      postsecondary education with a focus on revenues and expenditures.
   • NAEP Data Explorer: National Assessment of Education Progress. Explore the results of decades of assessment of students'
      academic performance, as well as information about factors that may be related to their learning.
   • NAEP State Comparisons: Provides tables and maps that compare states and jurisdictions based on the average scale scores for
      selected groups of public school students within a single assessment year, or compare the change in performance between two
      assessment years.
   • International Data Explorer
   • ElSi Elementary/Secondary Information System: View public and private school data and create custom tables and charts using
      data from the Common Core of Data (CCD) and Private School Survey (PSS).
   • Data Lab
   • Education Finance Statistics Center: Finance information on public elementary/secondary education.
   • State Education Data Profiles
   • CollegeMap
   • MapED: Data mapping tool that provides geographic context to NCES, Census, and other education demographic datasets.
Fast Facts: Assessments; Early Childhood; Elementary & Secondary; Library; Postsecondary & Beyond; Resources.

The Nation's Report Card

The Condition of Education: Key indicators of the condition of education in the U.S. These indicators summarize important developments and trends using the latest statistics and are updated as data become available. A Congressionally mandated annual report on these indicators is provided to the White House and Congress each year. In addition, this website has Spotlights on issues of current policy interest. These Spotlights take a more in-depth look at the issues through text, graphics and short videos.

Digest of Education Statistics: Provides a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school.


National Center for Special Education Research IconNational Center for Special Education Research : NCSER supports rigorous research on infants, toddlers, children, and youth with and at risk for disabilities through advancing the understanding of and practices for teaching, learning, and organizing education systems.

Research Programs
Research & Development Centers
Funding Opportunities


Office of Educational Technology: OET develops national educational technology policy and establishes the vision for how technology can be used to transform teaching and learning and how to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible for early learners through K-12, higher education, and adult education.


Office of Elementary & Secondary Education: OESE mission is to promote academic excellence, enhance educational opportunities and equity for all of America's children and families, and to improve the quality of teaching and learning by providing leadership, technical assistance and financial support.

Reports & Resources
Legislation, Regulation & Guidance
Consolidated State Info
Standards, Assessment & Accountability
Flexibility & Waivers


Office of English Language Acquisition: OELA provides national leadership to help ensure that English Learners and immigrant students attain English proficiency and achieve academic success. In addition to preserving heritage languages and cultures, OELA is committed to prompting opportunities for biliteracy or multiliteracy skills for all students.

Programs & Initiatives
Reports & Resources
Laws, Regulation & Guidance


Office of Federal Student Aid IconOffice of Federal Student Aid: Responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These programs provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school.

Prepare for College
Types of Aid
Who Gets Aid
FAFSA: Applying for Aid
How to Repay Your Loans
Federal Student Aid Data Center


Office of Innovation & Improvement: OII mission is to accelerate the pace at which the U.S. identifies, develops, and scales solutions to education’s most important or persistent challenges. OII makes strategic investments in innovative educational programs and practices, and administers more than 25 discretionary grant programs. In addition, OII is home to ED’s STEM initiatives team and ED’s liaison to the military community.  OII also serves as the Department’s liaison and resource to the nonpublic education community through the Office of Non-Public Education.

Charter Schools Program
Office of Investing in Innovation
Office of Non-Public Education
Parental Options & Improvement
Teacher Quality Programs


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.

Programs & Initiatives
Reports & Resources
Education Planning
Student Resources
Policy Initiatives
Accreditation: Universities & Higher Education


Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services: OSERS understands the many challenges still facing individuals with disabilities and their families. Therefore, OSERS is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages. OSERS supports programs that serve millions of children, youth and adults with disabilities.

Programs & Projects
Reports & Resources
Office of Special Education Programs
Rehabilitation Services Administration


Office of Career, Technical & Adult Education: OCTAE administers, coordinates programs that are related to adult education and literacy, career and technical education, and community colleges.

Programs & Initiatives
Reports & Resources
Adult Education & Literacy
Career & Technical Education
Community Colleges


120 Years of American Education: A Statistical Portrait* ED 1.302:ED 8/12

Best Evidence Encyclopedia: John Hopkins University School of Education. Presents reliable, unbiased reviews of research-proven educational programs.

The Campbell Collaboration: Prepares, maintains and disseminates systematic reviews in education, crime and justice, social welfare and international development.

Census Bureau: Public School System Finances: Education finance data include revenues, expenditures, debt, and assets [cash and security holdings] of elementary and secondary public school systems. Statistics cover school systems in all states, and include the District of Columbia.

Common Core State Standards Initiative Education: Federal datasets related to education.

The Wing Institute: Evidence-Based Education: Independent non-profit organization promoting evidence-based education policies and practice.

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