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HELP Committee Announce Passage of Bill to Help Education, Workforce Development with Better Education Research and Data

WASHINGTON, January 28 – Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the respective Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate education committee, today announced that the committee passed legislation to improve the quality of education research in the United States and make research more relevant and usable for teachers, principals, school districts and states.

“Research on education can be very helpful to states, teachers, and school districts, but it has to be relevant and accessible, and this bill will go a long way to making it more useful for the people who need it most,” Alexander said. “It also strengthens the independence of an organization I recommended the creation of when I was governor, the National Assessment Governing Board—which oversees ‘The Nation’s Report Card,’ the most reliable instrument in elementary and secondary education to enable state and local leaders to make decisions about how to help students.”

S. 227, the Strengthening Education through Research Act (SETRA), would amend and reauthorize the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 through fiscal year 2021. This legislation makes a number of positive changes to the Institute for Education Sciences, a semi-independent agency within the Department of Education that conducts and oversees education research, as well as changes to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

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