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Building the Capacity for Education Research

IES Predoctoral Training Programs

Beginning in 2004, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has funded universities to establish Pre- and Postdoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences. These programs receive support from IES to collectively produce a cadre of education researchers capable of and willing to conduct a new generation of methodologically rigorous and educationally relevant scientific research that will provide solutions to pressing problems and challenges facing American education. Fellows completing these training programs will be prepared to contribute to the field of education sciences by conducting rigorous evaluation studies, developing new products and approaches that are grounded in a science of learning, and designing valid tests and measures. Successful predoctoral fellows receive a Certificate in Education Sciences in addition to a doctorate in their discipline.

Mission of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

Established by the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, the Institute of Education Sciences is the research arm of the U.S. 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. The Institute comprises the Office of the Director, the National Center for Education Research, the National Center for Education Statistics, the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, and the National Center for Special Education Research.