ED Overview
U.S. Department of Education

ED Overview

What is the U.S. Department of Education?

The U S. Department of Education (ED) establishes federal policy and administers and coordinates most federal assistance for education. It assists the president in executing his education policies for the nation and in implementing laws enacted by Congress. ED's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

When Congress passed Public Law 96-88 in 1979, creating the Department, it declared these purposes:

  • To strengthen the federal commitment to ensuring access to equal educational opportunity for every individual;
  • To supplement and complement the efforts of states, the local school systems and other concerned organizations and individuals to improve the quality of education;
  • To encourage the increased involvement of the public, parents, and students in federal education programs;
  • To promote improvements in the quality and usefulness of education through federally supported research, evaluation, and sharing of information;
  • To improve the coordination of federal education programs;
  • To improve the management and efficiency of federal education activities; and
  • To increase the accountability of federal education programs to the president, the Congress, and the public.



Topic Information
  • Topic #: 28022-568
  • Date Created: 12/31/2012
  • Last Modified Since: 03/24/2017
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