Research Policy and Programs
INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION SCIENCES
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is the research, evaluation and statistical arm of the US Department of Education, established as a semi-independent entity in 2002 by the Education Sciences Reform Act to replace the Office of Educational Research and Improvement. When created, IES was given three operational units:
In December 2004, Congress established a fourth IES Center, the National Research Center for Special Education Research, and transferred responsibility from the Office of Special Education Programs to this new Center for most of the federal research and evaluation activities related to the education of children with disabilities and early intervention for infants and toddlers with disabilities previously authorized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. In July 2005, Dr. Edward Kame'enui was named the first Commissioner of the National Center for Special Education Research.
DR will report periodically on the activities of the National Center for Special Education Research and of the IES.
In the June 16, 2005 Federal Register, IES published proposed priorities to guide the work of the Institute over the next few years and invited public comment. DR submitted comments on the IES priorities, focusing on how these priorities align with IES's new responsibilities for federal research associated with the education of children with disabilities and evaluation of the effectiveness of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
National Center for Special Education Research (http://ies.ed.gov/ncser/)