Institute of Education Science seeks comments on research priorities

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES), a component of the U.S. Department of Education, has posted a notice seeking public comments on its proposed research priorities, before submitting them to the National Board of Education Sciences for final approval. With a budget of more than $200 million, IES funds research at academic institutions across the country to improve education outcomes for students from preschools to postsecondary, including interventions for special education students.

The proposed priorities incorporate the vision of new IES Director, John Q. Easton, who seeks to encourage education researchers to partner with practitioners to increase the relevance of their work to educators and policymakers. Education outcomes that are of interest to IES include, but are not limited to:

  • school readiness and developmental outcomes for infants, toddlers, and young children
  • learning, higher order thinking, and achievement in reading and writing, mathematics, and the sciences
  • behaviors, skills, and dispositions that support learning in school and later success in the workforce
  • educational attainment in postsecondary, vocational, and adult education
  • training, recruitment, and retention of educators

As described in the notice, comments may be submitted either electronically or through postal mail. The deadline is September 7, 2010.