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The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is the independent, non-partisan statistics, research, and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Education. IES' stated mission is to provide scientific evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and to share this information in formats that are useful and accessible to educators, parents, policymakers, researchers, and the public. [1] It was created as part of the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002.

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The first director of IES was Grover Whitehurst, who was appointed in November 2002 and served for six years. Dr. Mark Schneider is currently the Director of IES. [2]

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IES is divided into four major research and statistics centers:

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National Board for Education Sciences

The National Board for Education Sciences serves as an advisory board for IES and has 15 voting members, who are appointed by the President of the United States. The Board also includes several ex-officio, non-voting members, including the director of IES, the commissioners of the four centers, and representatives of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the National Science Foundation. The Board advises and consults with the director and the commissioners to identify research and organizational priorities for IES. Dr. Larry Hedges, of Northwestern University, is currently the chairman of the National Board for Education Sciences. [6]

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  1. "Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Home Page, part of the U.S. Department of Education". Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  2. "Secretary DeVos Welcomes New Leadership to IES, NCES". April 25, 2018. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  3. "Higher Ed Researcher Matthew Soldner to Lead Evaluations at IES". June 25, 2017. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  4. "Albro Appointed IES Commissioner of NCER" . Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  5. "NCES Blog | NCES Welcomes a New Commissioner". Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  6. "National Board for Education Sciences, Institute of Education Sciences (IES)". Retrieved January 17, 2017.

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