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Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development

Welcome to the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development!
(Please note that the Budget Service has moved to the Office of Finance and Operations)


The Office of Planning, Evaluation and 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. In addition, OPEPD oversees the design, supervision, and publication of evaluation studies; it clarifies and enforces of laws related to student privacy; developing educational technology policy and establishing strategies that encourage the use educational technology to transform teaching and learning; and advances Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in the Department, across Federal agencies, and with external partners.

OPEPD is home to the Grants Policy Office, the Office of Educational Technology, the Policy and Program Studies Service, and the Student Privacy Policy Office. The Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development is James Blew.

For more information about the functions and structure of the office, please visit https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/om/fs_po/opepd/home.html.

Grants Policy Office

The Grants Policy Office (GPO) works with offices across the Department to ensure alignment with the Secretary’s policy priorities and to support a culture of evidence-based practices through designing and implementing grant competitions; working with stakeholders to minimize federal burdens, encouraging innovation and experimentation; and developing and providing training to staff.

Office of Educational Technology

The Office of Educational Technology (OET) develops educational technology policy and establishes strategies for encouraging the development and use of educational technology. This work includes supporting research to improve learning outcomes and developing, disseminating and updating the National Education Technology Plan. It works with offices across the Department to keep staff and leadership apprised of trends in educational technology and collaborates with a diverse group of stakeholders to improve learning outcomes and to transform teaching and learning to empower students and families.

For additional information, please see: https://tech.ed.gov/


Student Privacy Policy Office

The Student Privacy Policy Office (SPPO) leads Department efforts to protect student privacy by providing leadership, oversight, and coordination to ensure Department and field compliance with several Federal privacy laws and regulations, most notably Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The office collaborates with other Federal agencies and educational technology entities with roles in protecting student privacy and provides technical assistance and training to educational agencies and institutions, including schools, LEAs, IHEs, SEAs, and other relevant organizations on issues related to compliance with privacy regulations and statutes.

For more information, please see: https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html?src=ft.

Last Modified: 08/16/2019