This bill would change and reauthorize funding for the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (ESRA) through 2021. Through this funding, money would also be applied to various research activities conducted through the Department of Education.
Among the programs and research activities funded by this legislation, some include:
The Institute of Education Sciences: an independent research organization that conducts and oversees education research.
The National Center for Special Education Research: tasked with conducting research into ways to expand knowledge of infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities.
Also funded would be two Department of Education grant programs — one of which offers funding to states for developing and expanding data systems that can track student information over multiple years in multiple schools (i.e. longitudinal data systems). The other program funds local organizations that offer technical assistance and evaluations for compliance issues stemming from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
A subtitle of this bill provides funding for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Authorization Act, allowing for the administration and oversight of national student achievement tests that cover mathematics and reading. These tests provide academic achievement information to educational leaders at the state and local level on elementary and secondary school students. The National Assessment Governing Board oversees the administration of the NAEP, and would also receive its funding from this legislation.