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ED Requests Feedback on Research Centers
The Department of Education (ED) has issued
a call for feedback on
the work of two Institute of Education Science
research centers. The centers will use the feedback to plan their future work.
According to ED, the mission of National
Center for Education Research (NCER) is "to support rigorous research that
addresses the nation's most pressing education needs, from early childhood to
postsecondary and adult education," and the
National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) "sponsors a
comprehensive program of special education research designed to expand the
knowledge and understanding of infants, toddlers, children and youth with
disabilities." Researchers in education or special education can apply for
grants, and the centers award them based on merit and available funds.
ED is seeking feedback to ensure that the centers are contributing to
significant advances in research that meets high scientific standards and
generating useful knowledge for policymakers and practitioners that contributes
to improvements in school readiness and academic outcomes. ED is particularly
interested in concrete feedback related to the goals of the two research
The call for feedback includes a series of questions about characteristics of
influential studies, issues in need of new research and how the centers can
target their funds to do the most good for the fields of education and special
Respondents can email their comments to ED until October 31, 2014, and they
are encouraged to forward the request for feedback to others.
A PDF of the full request for feedback can be found on
Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.