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Government Documents: Education

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (ED)

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.

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Student Loans

Grants

Laws & Guidance

Data & Statistics

Top Tasks

Department of Education Agencies: Center for Faith & Opportunity Initiatives ♦ Federal Student Aid 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 ResearchOffice for Civil Rights ♦ Office of Career, Technical & Adult Education Office of Communications & Outreach Office of Educational Technology Office of Elementary & Secondary Education Office of English Language Acquisition Office of Finance & Operations ♦ Office of Inspector General ♦ Office of Legislation & Congressional Affairs ♦ Office of Planning, Evaluation & Policy Development ♦ Office of Postsecondary Education Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services Office of the Chief Information OfficerOffice of the General Counsel ♦ White House Initiative on American Indian & Alaskan Native EducationWhite House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African AmericansWhite House Initiative on Educational Excellence for HispanicsWhite House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges & Universities


SchoolSafety.gov: Created by the federal government to provide schools and districts with actionable recommendations to create a safe and supportive learning environment where students can thrive and grow.

School Safety Topics: Bullying & CyberbullyingThreat Assessment & ReportingSchool Security PersonnelPhysical SecurityTraining, Exercises & DrillsMental HealthSchool ClimateEmergency PlanningRecovery

CENTER FOR FAITH & OPPORTUNITY INITIATIVES

Center for Faith & Opportunity Initiatives: Works to promote student-driven education through engagement with faith leaders and organizations, both faith-based and community-focused.

FEDERAL STUDENT AID

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.

Understand Financial Aid

Apply for Financial Aid: FAFSA

Complete the Financial Aid Process

Manage Loans

Federal Student Aid Data Center

INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION SCIENCES (IES)

Institute of Education SciencesInstitute of Education Sciences Logo: 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: 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.

Search National Library of Education: Search National Library of Education and beyond.

Available Datasets & Tools

NATIONAL CENTER FOR EDUCATION EVALUATION & REGIONAL ASSISTANCE (NCEE)

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.

Publications & Products

Projects & Programs

NATIONAL CENTER FOR EDUCATION RESEARCH (NCER)

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.

Publications

Education Research Programs

Funding Opportunities

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NATIONAL CENTER FOR EDUCATION STATISTICS (NCES)

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:

Data Tools:

Fast Facts: AssessmentsEarly 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 (NCSER)

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.

Publications

Research Programs

Research & Development Centers

Funding Opportunities

OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS (OCR)

Office for Civil Rights: The mission of the OCR is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.

Programs & Initiatives

Reports & Resources

Reading Room

Careers/Internships 

OFFICE OF CAREER, TECHNICAL & ADULT EDUCATION (OCTAE)

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

OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS & OUTREACH

Office of Communications & Outreach: Responsible for overall leadership for the Department in its communications and outreach activities. These activities are designed to engage the general public, including a wide variety of education, community, business, parent, student, and other organizations, in the U.S. Department of Education's mission.

Programs & Initiatives

Reports & Resources

Teaching Resources 

OFFICE OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY (OET)

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.

Priorities: BroadbandEducation Blockchains Equity Higher Education Open Education Professional Learning Privacy Research & Innovation

Tech Resources: For Students & Families For Teachers For District & State Leaders For Developers

Publications: National Ed Tech Plan Higher Education National Education Technology Plan Building Technology Infrastructure for Learning #GoOpen District Launch Packet Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation All Publications

OFFICE OF ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION (OESE)

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.

Programs/Initiatives

Reports & Resources

Legislation, Regulation & Guidance

Consolidated State Info

Standards, Assessment & Accountability

Flexibility & Waivers

OFFICE OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (OELA)

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 FINANCE & OPERATIONS (OFO)

Office of Finance & Operations: Mission of the OFO is to transform the Department of Education into a high-performance, customer-focused organization by providing services to customers that help them do a better job of managing their people, processes, and overall strategy. The OFO serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary and Senior Officials on all matters related to financial management, financial management systems, financial control and accounting, cooperative agreements and acquisition management, related training, and budget processes and proposals.

Programs & Initiatives 

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

Office of Inspector General: Independent entity within the Department of Education responsible for identifying fraud, waste, abuse, and criminal activity involving ED funds, programs, and operations. They conduct independent audits and other reviews and criminal and civil investigations. They recommend actions to address systemic weaknesses and improve ED programs and operations. They also recommend changes needed in Federal laws and regulations.

Programs & Initiatives

Reports & Resources 

OFFICE OF LEGISLATION & CONGRESSIONAL AFFAIRS (OLCA)

Office of Legislation & Congressional Affairs: OLCA primarily acts as the liaison between the Department and Congress, coordinating all Department matters relevant to Congress. OLCA has a leadership role in planning, developing, and implementing the Department's legislative goals and strategies; notifying Congressional offices of grant awards and Department initiatives; addressing appropriations and budget matters; and monitoring the status of legislative proposals.

Resources

Congressional Casework 

OFFICE OF PLANNING, EVALUATION & POLICY DEVELOPMENT (OPEPD)

Office of Planning, Evaluation & Policy Development: OPEPD advises the Secretary on all matters relating to policy development, implementation, and review. OPEPD coordinates with Department offices to ensure alignment with the Secretary’s priorities, including a focus of evidence-based practices where the Department and the field can continuously improve by building stronger evidence, making decisions based on a clear understanding of the available evidence, and disseminating evidence to decision makers.

Reports & Resources

Grants Policy Office

Office of the Chief Data Officer

Office of Educational Technology

Student Privacy Policy Office

OFFICE OF POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION (OPE)

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: Postsecondary Education Institutions

OPE Topics A-Z

OFFICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION & REHABILITATIVE SERVICES (OSERS)

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 & Initiatives

Reports & Resources

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER (OCIO)

Office of the Chief Information Officer: OCIO provides the technological solutions that enable the Department of Education to deliver world-class service to schools, students and their families. To accomplish its mission, OCIO advises and assists the Secretary and other senior officers in acquiring information technology (IT) and managing information resources.

Legislation & Guidelines

CIO Council 

OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL (OGC)

Office of the General Counsel: The Department of Education Organization Act establishes an OGC, headed by a General Counsel who is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, and whose broad statutory mission is to “provide legal assistance to the Secretary concerning the programs and policies of the Department.” The General Counsel’s statutory responsibility to provide legal services is not limited to the Secretary alone, but generally extends to all other officers and employees of the Department, as they serve the Secretary in carrying out the duties of the Department. In addition to providing legal assistance and performing legal functions, including the provision of legal advice, litigation, and legislative services, OGC is responsible for performing certain law-related management functions, including managing the Department’s ethics program as well as the clearance of its regulatory documents.

Programs & Initiatives

Reports & Resources 

WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON AMERICAN INDIAN & ALASKAN NATIVE EDUCATION

White House Initiative on American Indian & Alaskan Native Education: Seeks to support activities that will strengthen the Nation by expanding education opportunities and improving education outcomes for all American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students. It is committed to furthering tribal self-determination and ensuring AI/AN students, at all levels of education, have an opportunity to learn their Native languages and histories, receive complete and competitive educations, preparing them for college, careers, and productive and satisfying lives.

WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS

White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans: Created to strengthen the nation by improving educational outcomes for African Americans of all ages and to help ensure that this population would receive an education that prepares them for college and productive careers to contribute to the well being of society. The Initiative works with individuals and organizations throughout the country to highlight and share effective national and local programs, policies, and practices that support the development and success of African American students. Specifically, the Initiative highlights and mobilizes youth voice by providing platforms for African American youths to make recommendations for actions that can be taken to ensure all students feel and are safe, supported and engaged in schools, in communities, and in life.

WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE FOR HISPANICS

White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics: Originally established by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 to address the educational disparities faced by the Hispanic community. Since then, the call to address these within the Hispanic community has been recognized by Presidents William J. Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump through the renewal of the Initiative. This commitment demonstrates the strong support for the critical role Hispanics play in the overall prosperity of the nation and highlights the federal government’s commitment to expanding educational opportunities and improving educational outcomes for all students.

WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIESs

White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges & Universities: Works with agencies, private-sector employers, educational associations, philanthropic organizations, and other partners to increase the capacity and competitiveness of HBCUs to provide the highest-quality education to an increasing number of students. Dedicated to helping HBCUs successfully compete for top opportunities in national and global markets while providing education and economic experiences that can improve the standards of living for the students and communities HBCUs primarily serve.

OTHER EDUCATION RESOURCES

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: Education: Educational AttainmentSchool EnrollmentPublic School System FinancesSchool DistrictsTeaching about Statistics

Common Core State Standards Initiative

Data.gov: 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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