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Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development OPEPD oversees planning, evaluation, policy development, and budget activities in the U.S. Department of Education (ED). OPEPD coordinates these activities with ED principal offices and outside organizations such as Congress, the Office of Management and Budget, and state education associations. Finally, OPEPD is home to ED’s Budget Service, which develops and manages the Department’s program budget, policy, and legislative development.

Program Offices:

Institute of Education Sciences ED's main research arm, compiles statistics; funds research, evaluations, and dissemination; and provides research-based guidance to further evidence-based policy and practice. Its three operational divisions are the National Center for Education Research, the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, and the National Center for Education Statistics.

Office for Civil Rights Enforces federal statutes that prohibit discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicapping condition in education programs receiving federal financial assistance. OCR serves student populations facing discrimination and the advocates and institutions promoting systemic solutions to civil rights problems. OCR also provides technical assistance to help institutions achieve voluntary compliance with the civil rights laws that OCR enforces. An important part of OCR's technical assistance is partnerships designed to develop creative approaches to preventing and addressing discrimination.

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Promotes academic excellence, enhances educational opportunities and equity for all of America's children and families, and improves the quality of teaching and learning by providing leadership, technical assistance and financial support. Directs, coordinates, and recommends policy for programs designed to assist State and local educational agencies to improve the achievement of elementary and secondary school students; help ensure equal access to services leading to such improvement for all children, particularly children who are educationally disadvantaged, Native American, children of migrant workers, or homeless; foster educational improvement at the State and local levels; and provide financial assistance to local educational agencies whose local revenues are affected by Federal activities.

Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students Provides national leadership in promoting high quality education for the nation's population of English language learners (ELLs). Works to include various elements of school reform in programs designed to assist the language minority agenda. These include an emphasis on high academic standards, school accountability, professional development, family literacy, early reading, and partnerships between parents and the communities. Administers grant programs that help every child learn English and content matter at high levels, provides leadership ensuring that policy related decisions focus principally on the best interests of the ELL child, collaborates with other federal, state and local programs to strengthen and coordinate services for ELLs and promote best practices, and monitors funded programs and provides technical assistance to ensure that they focus on outcomes and accountability.

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