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The Teacher's Guide to the U.S. Department of Education - September 2000

Office of Educational Research and Improvement

OERI Web Page

The Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) provides national leadership in cultivating and expanding the public's fundamental knowledge and understanding of education. Moreover, OERI aggressively promotes the application of such knowledge to improve practice in the classroom. OERI also monitors the state of education and stimulates excellence and equity in education and the achievement of the National Education Goals by spurring reform in the school systems throughout the United States. OERI accomplishes these activities through its active collaboration with researchers, teachers, school administrators, librarians, parents, students, employers and policy-makers.

OERI directs, coordinates and recommends policy for activities that are designed to accomplish the following:

National Educational Research Institutes

The reauthorization of OERI created five National Research Institutes focused on different topics. Each institute has been given a separate Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number. All grant programs administered by each institute are identified by the institute's CFDA number followed by an alpha. Each institute, the CFDA number identified with the institute, and each institute's phone number are listed below.

The National Institute on Student Achievement, Curriculum and Assessment
(CFDA: 84.305)
555 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20208-5573
202-219-2079, Fax: 202-219-2135

The National Institute on Education of At-Risk Students
(CFDA: 84.306)
555 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20208-5573
202-219-2230, Fax: 202-219-2030

The National Institute on Early Childhood Development and Education
(CFDA: 84.307)
555 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20208-5520
202-219-1935, Fax: 202-219-4768

The National Institute on Educational Governance, Finance, Policymaking and Management
(CFDA: 84.308)
555 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20208-5510
202-219-2032, Fax: 202-219-2159

The National Institute on Postsecondary Education, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning
(CFDA: 84.309)
555 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20208-5531
202-219-2064, Fax: 202-501-3005

Field-Initiated Studies

OERI institutes administer the Field-Initiated Studies Program, which supports studies designed to meet the education research and development needs of the United States. Applicants are invited to select a topic from OERI's Research Priorities Plan. Below are the contacts for each institute's field-initiated studies.

National Institute on Student Achievement, Curriculum and Assessment:
Clara Lawson-Holmes, 202-219-2079
E-mail: clara.lawson@ed.gov

National Institute on the Education of At-Risk Students
Beth Fine, 202-219-1323
E-mail: beth.fine@ed.gov

National Institute on Early Childhood Development and Education
Veda Bright, 202-219-2016
E-mail: veda.bright@ed.gov

National Institute on Educational Governance, Finance, Policymaking and Management
Duc-Le To, 202-219-2248
E-mail: duc-le.to@ed.gov

National Institute on Postsecondary Education, Libraries and Lifelong Learning
Delores Monroe, 202-219-2229
E-mail: delores.monroe@ed.gov

National Educational Research and Development Centers

To help improve and strengthen student learning in the United States, OERI's five research institutes support 10 university-based national education Research and Development Centers. The centers address specific topics such as early childhood education, student achievement in core academic subjects, and teacher preparation and training. In addition, most of the centers focus on the education of disadvantaged children. Many centers collaborate with other universities; many work with elementary and secondary schools. Centers may be contacted directly (see below) for a catalog of their publications and services.

Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk
Johns Hopkins University
3505 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
410-516-8800

National Center to Enhance Early Development and Learning
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-4100
919-966-4250

National Center for Postsecondary Improvement
Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research
508 Ceras Building
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-4125
415-723-7727

Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing
University of California, LA
Graduate School of Education
405 Hilgard Avenue
1339 Moore Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90024-1522
310-206-1530

National Research and Development Center on Achievement in School Mathematics and Science
Wisconsin Center for Education Research
1025 West Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53706
608-263-3605

National Research and Development
Center on Increasing the Effectiveness of State and Local Education Reform Efforts
Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania
3440 Market Street, Suite 560
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3325
215-573-0700, ext. 224

National Center for Research on Cultural Diversity and Second Language Learning
Regents of the University of California
University of California at Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
408-459-4114

National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented
University of Connecticut
362 Fairfield Road, U-7
Storrs, CT 06269-2007
860-486-4676

National Reading Research Center
University of Georgia
318 Aderhold
Athens, GA 30602-7125
706-542-3678

National Research Center on Improving Student Learning and Achievement in English
Research Foundation of the State of
New York
University of Albany, SUNY
School of Education
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
518-442-5029

National Center for Education Statistics

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the United States and other nations. The center fulfills a congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze and report full and complete statistics on the condition of education in the United States; conduct and publish reports and specialized analyses of the meaning and significance of such statistics; assist state and local education agencies in improving their statistical systems; and review and report on education activities in foreign countries.

The center's activities are designed to address high-priority education data needs; provide consistent, reliable, complete and accurate indicators of education status and trends; and report timely, useful and high-quality data to the Department, Congress and other education policy-makers and data users. The center includes the Office of the Commissioner and the following four divisions: Statistical Standards and Methodology, Data Development, Education Surveys, and Education Assessment.

Office of Reform Assistance and Dissemination

OERI's Office of Reform Assistance and Dissemination is congressionally mandated to promote and support education reform efforts nationwide through the dissemination and application of the best available knowledge. This office administers a number of programs, including the following:


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