Established by the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (ESRA), the Evaluation Division resides in the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE). NCEE is one of four centers that comprise the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES). The work of the Evaluation Division is managed by a team of IES staff with expertise in education evaluation and conducted under a number of contracts held by leading research organizations.
The Evaluation Division conducts evaluations of federal education programs and education strategies that are eligible for federal funding. These evaluations yield valuable information on federal investments in education, which can be used to identify what works and to guide program improvement. Since IES was established in 2002, the Evaluation Division has launched over 70 evaluations. These evaluations form a cohesive portfolio of high-quality research that address a number of important topics in education, including:
To learn more about the Evaluation Division's specific evaluation studies and portfolio of work on various education topics, browse our Evaluation Profiles.
Consistent with ESRA, which established IES's evaluation authority, the Evaluation Division's work is guided by five key Evaluation Principles and Practices: