Institute of Education Sciences
Table of Contents
- Mission and Responsibilities
- Order of Succession
- Functions and Responsibilities of Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Components
The Institute of Education Sciences provides national leadership in expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding of education from early childhood through postsecondary study, in order to provide parents, educators, students, researchers, policymakers, and the general public with reliable information about educational practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to educational opportunities for all students; the condition and progress of education in the United States; and the effectiveness of Federal and other education programs.
In carrying out its mission, the Institute conducts research, evaluation, and dissemination activities in areas of demonstrated national need, compiles statistics, and develops products. The Institute ensures that such activities conform to high standards of quality, integrity, and accuracy and that they are objective, secular, neutral, and nonideological and free of partisan political influence and racial, cultural, gender, or regional bias. The Institute:
- Conducts and supports scientifically valid research activities, including basic research and applied research, statistics activities, scientifically valid education evaluation, development, and dissemination;
- Disseminates widely the findings and results of scientifically valid research in education;
- Promotes the use, development, and application of knowledge gained from scientifically valid research activities;
- Strengthens the national capacity to conduct, develop, and disseminate scientifically valid research in education;
- Promotes the coordination, development, and dissemination of scientifically valid research in education within the Department and the Federal Government; and
- Promotes the use and application of research and development to improve practice in the classroom.
The Institute of Education Sciences is under the supervision of the Director of the Institute, who reports to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary. The Director is also charged with working with the National Board for Education Sciences to establish priorities for the Institute and procedures for scientific peer review of the activities of the Institute. The Director provides direction, coordination, and leadership to the Office of the Director and the three National Education Centers—the National Center for Education Research, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance.
In the event that the Director of the Institute for Education Sciences dies, resigns or is otherwise unable to perform the functions and duties of the office, and the office is thereby deemed to be vacant, the Deputy Director for Administration and Policy shall temporarily perform the functions and duties of the office in an acting capacity.
In instances where the office is not vacant, but the Director of the Institute of Education Sciences is absent, the following officials, in the order shown, shall perform the functions and duties of the office:
- Deputy Director for Administration and Policy,
- Commissioner for Education Statistics,
- Commissioner for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, and
- Commissioner for Education Research.