The Strengthening Education through Research Act
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 2, 2014
Established by the Education Sciences Reform Act in 2002, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is responsible for gathering information on education progress, conducting research on educational practices in the nation’s schools, and evaluating the quality of federal education programs and initiatives. The information collected and disseminated by IES helps states and school districts identify and implement successful education practices. Additionally, the research allows taxpayers and congressional leaders to monitor the federal investment in education.
However, the Education Sciences Reform Act is overdue for reform, and a recent report by the Government Accountability Office found several weaknesses in the law that must be addressed. For example, although IES has significantly improved the quality of education research over the last decade, there is often a significant delay in disseminating key data and findings to education officials. Additionally, IES does not always properly evaluate the efficacy of its programs and research arms, potentially leading to unnecessary costs and redundancies.
THE SOLUTION:To enhance the quality of education research, Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN) and Ranking Member Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) introduced the Strengthening Education through Research Act (H.R. 4366). This legislation will reauthorize the Education Sciences Reform Act and improve the federal research structure.
THE STRENGTHENING EDUCATION THROUGH RESEARCH ACT:
The Strengthening Education through Research Act (H.R. 4366) will make it easier for states and school districts to access useful data that can help raise student achievement levels in the classroom.
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