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AERA Government Relations

As the primary advocate of education research in the nation’s capital, AERA monitors federal legislation, policy, and regulations affecting education research, and identifies opportunities to influence the development and protection of sound science policy. Read more

Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking

On September 19, 2017, AERA signed on to two letters, one to congressional leadership and one to the Office of Management and Budget, urging Congress and the Administration to support the recommendations issued by the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking that were released on September 7.  

Latest AERA Policy & Advocacy Headlines
AERA Showcases Research Improving Science Education at CNSF Exhibition on Capitol Hill
AERA member Melissa L. Luna, assistant professor of science education at West Virginia University, participated in the 24th Annual Exhibition of the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) on May 9. The yearly event is a major showcase of research and education projects supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Woodworth Appointed as NCES Commissioner
January 2018
President Donald Trump announced the appointment of James Lynn Woodworth to serve as Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) on January 4. He will be serving as the first permanent NCES commissioner since 2014.
Revised Common Rule Implementation Delayed Until July 19
January 2018
The federal agencies that are subject to the requirements of the Common Rule announced in the Federal Register on January 22 that the implementation of the updated regulations would be delayed until July 19.
Chief Statistician Issues Request for Information on Combining Data for Statistical and Research Purposes
January 2018
Chief Statistician of the United States Nancy Potok and the Office of Management and Budget’s Statistical and Science Policy Branch are working to establish priorities and coordinate research efforts across the federal statistical system.
National Science Board Releases 2018 Science and Engineering Indicators
January 2018
On January 18 the National Science Board, the presidentially appointed advisory body to the National Science Foundation, released the 2018 edition of itsScience and Engineering Indicators.
IES Principal Investigators Gather for Annual Conference
January 2018
On January 9–10, the Institute of Education Sciences hosted its annual Principal Investigators Meeting for grants funded by the National Center for Education Research and the National Center for Special Education Research.
FY 2018 Funding Extended to February 8 After Three-Day Shutdown
January 2018
Final funding numbers for the 2018 fiscal year are still up in the air, as Congress passed a three-week continuing resolution (CR) following the expiration of the previous CR on January 19 and a three-day government shutdown.
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