Department of Education



400 Maryland Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20202

Phone, 800-USA-LEARN (toll free). Internet,


Chief of Staff John Danielson

Director, Office of Public Affairs John Gibbons

General Counsel Brian W. Jones

Inspector General John P. Higgins, Jr.

Assistant Secretary for Legislation Karen Johnson

and Congressional Affairs

Assistant Secretary for Laurie M. Rich

Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs

Deputy Secretary William D. Hansen

Chief Financial Officer Jack Martin

Chief Information Officer William Leidinger

Assistant Secretary for William Leidinger


Assistant Secretary for Civil Gerald A. Reynolds


Chief Operating Officer for Theresa A. Shaw

Federal Student Aid

Under Secretary Eugene Hickok

Director, Institute of Education Grover J. Whitehurst


Assistant Secretary for Eugene Hickok, Acting

Elementary and Secondary Education

Assistant Secretary for Sally Stoup

Postsecondary Education

Assistant Secretary for Special Robert H. Pasternack

Education and Rehabilitative Services

Assistant Secretary for Carol D'Amico

Vocational and Adult Education

Director, Office of English Maria H. Ferrier

Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students

Deputy Under Secretary, Office Eric G. Andell

of Safe and Drug Free Schools

Deputy Under Secretary, Office Nina Shokraii Rees

of Innovation and Improvement


The Department of Education establishes policy for, administers, and coordinates most Federal assistance to education. Its mission is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the Nation.

The Department of Education was created by the Department of Education Organization Act (20 U.S.C. 3411) and is administered under the supervision and direction of the Secretary of Education.

Secretary The Secretary of Education advises the President on education plans, policies, and programs of the Federal Government and serves as the chief executive officer of the Department, coordinating and overseeing all


Department activities, providing support and encouragement to States and localities on matters related to education, and focusing the resources of the Department and the attention of the country on ensuring equal access to education and promoting educational excellence throughout the Nation.


Institute of Education Sciences The Institute of Education Sciences was formally established by Education Sciences Reform Act 2002. The Institute includes national education centers focused on research, statistics, and evaluation, and is the mechanism through which the Department supports the activities needed to improve education policy and practice.

Elementary and Secondary Education The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education directs, coordinates, and formulates policy for the Department's activities relating to early childhood, elementary, and secondary education. Included are grants and contracts to State educational agencies and local school districts, postsecondary schools, and nonprofit organizations for the education of disadvantaged, migrant, and Indian children; enhancement of State student achievement assessment systems; improvement of reading instruction; impact aid; technology; and after-school learning programs. The Office also focuses on providing children with the readiness skills and support they need in early childhood so they are ready to learn when they enter school and on improving the quality of teachers and other instructional staff.

English Language Acquisition The Officeof English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students provides national leadership in promoting high-

quality education and academic success for the Nation's population of English language learners.

Federal Student Aid The Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) provides financial assistance through grants and work and loan programs to students pursuing a postsecondary education. The Federal student financial aid programs include: Stafford loans; parent loans for undergraduate students; supplemental loans for students; Federal insured student loans; consolidated loans; Perkins loans; income contingent loans...

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