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 Pub Number  Title  Date
IES 20096010 Rigor and Relevance Redux: Director's Biennial Report to Congress
The Institute of Education Sciences has issued the third and final Director's Biennial Report to Congress to be prepared by the Institute's first director, Dr. Grover J. (Russ) Whitehurst. Required by the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, the report includes a description of the activities of IES and its four National Education Centers, as well as a summary of all IES grants and contracts during the biennium in excess of $100,000. The report also includes the Director's recommendations for continued progress and effectiveness of IES.

Among the report's highlights:
  • The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recognized IES research, development, and dissemination programs with a rating of "effective"--the highest score on OMB's Program Assessment Rating Tool. OMB concluded that "... 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 educaiton field as a whole."
  • The National Center for Education Research (NCER) continues to experience growth in the number of competitions and number of applications received. To date, NCER has funded research on reading, writing, mathematics, science, and teacher quality that has generated 24 interventions that are effective at improving student outcomes under the standards of the What Works Clearinghouse.
  • The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance's What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has identified 80 education interventions and programs that make a difference in student outcomes. The WWC website continues to thrive, with more than 531,000 separate visits to its website in FY 2008--a 10 percent increase from FY 2007.
  • The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has to date awarded grants to 27 states to create or enhance statewide longitudinal data systems. NCES will achieve its 12-month goal for data releases (i.e., the amount of time that should elapse between the end of data collection and initial data release), a reduction from more than 18 months four years ago.
11/21/2008
IES 20076004 IES 2007 Biennial Report to Congress
The Institute of Education Sciences has issued the Director's Biennial Report to Congress, covering activities and accomplishments of the Institute in 2005 and 2006.

Transmitted by Director Grover J. (Russ) Whitehurst as required by the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, the report includes a description of the activities of IES and its four National Education Centers, as well as a summary of all IES grants and contracts during the biennium in excess of $100,000.

Since IES's first Biennial Report two years ago, said Whitehurst, "IES has been transformed from an organization under construction to one that is fully formed and operational."
5/13/2007
IES 2005AR IES 2005 Biennial Report to Congress
Established by the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, the Institute of Education Sciences is the research arm of the Department of Education. Its mission is to expand knowledge and provide information on the condition of education, practices that improve academic achievement, and the effectiveness of federal and other education programs. Its goal is the transformation of education into an evidence-based field in which decision makers routinely seek out the best available research and data before adopting programs or practices that will affect significant numbers of students.
5/13/2006
IES 1982218 A Classification of Secondary School Courses
Intended for use in collecting data on secondary school course offerings, this inventory of courses taught nationwide at the secondary level is organized in a classified arrangement. Each course is identified by a six-digit numerical code. The inventory of course titles was developed from three major sources--a sample of 52 public and private secondary school catalogs dated 1979 through 1981; statewide course lists from California, Washington, and Illinois; and recommendations from a panel of experts in secondary school curricula. The inventory includes instructions on its use and information about special features, a list of instructional program categories, cross references for closely related programs, and a title index. Courses are classified under 30 headings.
7/23/1982
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