The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE) conducts evaluations of education programs, policies, and practices supported through federal funds; provides research-focused technical assistance to educators and policymakers; supports synthesis and the wide spread dissemination of findings of impact studies through the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC); and promotes access to education information through the National Library of Education (NLE) and the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC).
The combined activities of NCEE are designed to expand the quantity and quality of evidence to support a more evidence-reliant education system and widely disseminate credible evidence on programs and practices that improve student achievement to state and local educational agencies, institutions of higher education, Congress, parents, teachers, media, and the general public. NCEE is provides quick and easy access to evidence-based information through online databases such as the What Works Clearinghouse and ERIC.
The Center includes two operational divisions. The Evaluation Division is responsible for studies related to federal education programs and policies, and the Knowledge Utilization Division is responsible for the Regional Educational Laboratory Program, the What Works Clearinghouse, and the National Library of Education, including ERIC.