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Standards for Excellence in Education Research


Last Modified: March 16, 2020

Rigorous education research that is transparent, actionable, and focused on consequential outcomes has the potential to dramatically improve student achievement. Since 2002, the Institute of Education Sciences has supported rigorous evidence-building about education policy, programs, and practices. IES's SEER Principles are meant to complement the WWC's focus on internal validity by supporting a distinct, IES-wide effort that emphasizes additional factors that can make research transformative.

IES Director Mark Schneider introduced the SEER Principles in two blogs. You can read those blogs here and here. IES has iterated on SEER frequently and expects to continue to do so as we receive feedback from researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. To provide feedback, please contact

The SEER Principles encourage researchers to

  • Pre-register studies
  • Make findings, methods, and data open
  • Identify interventions' core components
  • Document treatment implementation and contrast
  • Analyze interventions' costs
  • Focus on meaningful outcomes
  • Facilitate generalization of study findings
  • Support scaling of promising results