The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) was reauthorized in December 2015 as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Act authorizes the Department to set aside up to 0.5 percent of funds from most ESEA programs for evaluation activities related to that program. However, in most cases, a 0.5 percent set-aside would be insufficient to perform substantive evaluation activities for a program, particularly high-quality impact evaluations. For that reason, ESSA allows the Department to pool the 0.5 percent of set-aside funds from one or more of the various ESEA programs into a single evaluation pot. The Department may then choose to support one or more evaluations with these pooled funds. ESSA requires IES to biennially develop, submit to Congress, and make publicly available a pooled evaluation plan.
The most recent plan focuses on the activities that will be supported by pooled evaluation funds appropriated for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019. The plan will be updated as needed, and no less than biennially.
Evaluation activities supported by funds appropriated for Fiscal Year 2017 (October, 2017 plan) (224 KB)
Evaluation activities supported by funds appropriated for Fiscal Year 2018 and 2019 (October, 2018 plan) (434 KB)