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Interagency Education Research Initiative (IERI)

The Interagency Education Research Initiative (IERI) is a federal partnership that includes the Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).


The mission of the IERI is to improve education in mathematics, reading, and the sciences by supporting a well-focused, rigorous program of research. IERI recognizes that educational research must be attentive to the context in which educators do their work, pushing beyond controlled laboratory studies to ensure adaptability to classroom settings. Research of this kind therefore seeks to balance the insights of scientific knowledge against the realities of varied educational contexts.

The specific programmatic goal of IERI is to increase knowledge of "scaling up" by supporting research that investigates the effectiveness of educational interventions in reading, mathematics, and the sciences as they are implemented in varied school settings with diverse student populations. The ultimate aim of IERI is to identify the conditions under which evidence-based interventions to improve preK-12 student learning succeed when applied on a large scale. It is the focus on scaling up as a topic of investigation that gives IERI its distinct identity as a federally sponsored program of research. The study of scaling up requires investigators to integrate rigorous analysis of the learning outcomes related to specific educational interventions with knowledge of the logistical, organizational, political, and economic demands of large-scale implementations.

Go to the IES website for more information.

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