The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is the statistics, research, and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Education. We are independent and non-partisan. Our 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.
IES conducts six broad types of work that addresses school readiness and education from infancy through adulthood and includes special populations such as English Learners and students with disabilities.
Explore our website to learn more about how IES serves the nation by providing education data and research. Here you’ll find education data sets, data tools, reports, educator’s practice guides, summaries of completed and in-progress research and evaluation projects, videos, infographics, and more.
2011–2012 Biennial Report
Under the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, the Director of IES is required to report biennially to the President, the Secretary of Education, Congress and the public on the activities of the IES Centers. The following documents include summaries of all grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements in excess of $100,000 funded through the IES centers and awarded in fiscal years 2011 and 2012 and will accompany the biennial report for this period.
Download, view, and print the 2011-2012 Biennial Report as a PDF (541 KB)
Download, view, and print the NCER awards as a PDF (956 KB)
Download, view, and print the NCES awards as a PDF (499 KB)
Download, view, and print the NCEE awards as a PDF (385 KB)
Download, view, and print the NCSER awards as a PDF (428 KB)
Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development
This report from the Department of Education and the National Science Foundation explains how the two agencies hope to realize the full potential of their education research and development investments—including obtaining meaningful findings and actionable results—through a more systematic development of knowledge. The report describes six types of research studies that can generate evidence about how to increase student learning. Research types include those that generate the most fundamental understandings related to education and learning; examinations of associations between variables; iterative design and testing of strategies or interventions; and assessments of the impact of a fully-developed intervention on an education outcome. For each research type, the report describes the purpose and the expected empirical and/or theoretical justifications, types of project outcomes, and quality of evidence.
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IES Mission, Functions, and Organization
Refer to the legislation that guides IES: the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002
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IES Research Priorities and Spending
See the Director's Biennial Report to Congress for a complete description of IES activities for each fiscal year, including a summary of all grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements funded in excess of $100,000.
Rigor and Relevance Redux
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Toward a Learning Society
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Biennial Report to Congress
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IES Performance Compared to Other Federal Programs
The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) gave IES an effective rating, the highest a program can receive. OMB concluded: "IES has transformed the quality and rigor of education research within the Department of Education and increased the demand for scientifically based evidence of effectiveness in the education field as a whole."