Research Policy & Advocacy
AERA Exec. Dir. Comments on Senate IES Reauthorization Bill
September 2014

On September 17, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed the Strengthening Education Through Research Act (SETRA), which reauthorizes the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine provided the following comment on the impact of the bill on the autonomy and effectiveness of the National Center on Education Statistics (NCES).

“We appreciate that the Senate HELP Committee today approved SETRA in seeking to ensure passage of a reauthorization act for IES. Such reauthorization is long overdue..." Read more »

AERA and Partners Urge Senate to Restore NCES Stature

August 2014

In a July 9 letter to the chair and ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, AERA and 10 other research organizations urged senators to protect the autonomy, authority, and stature of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), as it takes up the Strengthening Education Through Research Act (SETRA). The bill, which reauthorizes the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), passed the House of Representatives in May. SETRA would weaken NCES by transferring several of the agency’s responsibilities and control over its own budget to IES, and making the position of NCES Commissioner no longer a presidential appointee. 

Read more in the August 2014 edition of AERA Highlights »
Social and Behavioral Sciences Resources

The following documents and links to ongoing projects detail the benefits of social and behavioral science (SBS) research as part of AERA’s efforts to protect federal investment in SBS.

NSF's Merit Review Process
National Science Foundation, June 2014

Why the Federal Government Funds Social and Behavioral Sciences Research

Association of American Universities, October 3, 2013 

Bringing People Into Focus: How Social, Behavioral & Economic Research Addresses National Challenges (PDF)
National Science Foundation

Exploring What Makes Us Human: Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (PDF)
National Science Foundation, March 2014

Social and Behavioral Sciences in Action
National Research Council, November 12, 2013

Interorganizational Letter to Chairman Lamar Smith, House Science, Space and Technology Committee (PDF)
American Association for the Advancement of Science, October 16, 2013

Remarks to the Consortium of Social Science Associations (PDF)
Senator Elizabeth Warren, November 4, 2013 

Senate Bill Would Provide Boost to NSF
Senator John “Jay” Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2014, which will reauthorize funding and programs at the National Science Foundation and other science agencies. Read more 

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