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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameNational Board for Education SciencesAgency NameDepartment of Education
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number21542
Original Establishment Date11/5/2002Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://ies.ed.gov/director/board/index.asp
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*Yes
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date11/3/2016Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Official
Date Of Renewal Charter11/3/2018Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Ellie
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Pelaez
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*20 USC 9516Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 245-7274
Effective Date Of Authority*11/5/2002Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 219-6752
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*ellie.pelaez@ed.gov
Presidential*Yes
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA) of 2002 established the Board as part of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). The Board advises IES’s Director on the Institute’s policies. In particular, the Director’s proposed priorities for IES and IES’s procedures for technical and scientific peer review are subject to the Board’s review and approval. The Board also advises the Director on other matters related to IES and education research. In FY 2016, the Board discussed the IES Standards and Review Office's scientific review process and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), including a discussion with the NCES Acting Commissioner, NCES Associate Commissioners, and NCES stakeholders.
How is membership balanced?*Board members are appointed by the President. The Education Sciences Reform Act requires the President to solicit advice regarding individuals to serve on the Board from the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Board, and the National Science Advisor. At least eight members are required to be researchers in the field of statistics, evaluation, social sciences, or physical or biological sciences. Other members are to include individuals who are knowledgeable about the educational needs of the United States.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Three meetings per year is typical. Meeting agendas are designated to fulfill the Board’s duties as set out in the Education Sciences Reform Act. Agenda topics reflect emerging issues in educational research that affect IES’s activities, and they aim to improve the quality and utility of the Institute’s work. Where appropriate, outside experts engage in dialogue with the Board and the Director to inform them of the latest developments in their areas of expertise.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Board is required by law to oversee various activities of IES and to prepare an annual report to the Director, the Secretary of Education, and the appropriate Congressional committees that assess the effectiveness of the Institute in carrying out its priorities and mission. These reports may inform a reauthorization of the Education Sciences Reform Act. Board members are outstanding experts and specialists in education who provide the Director, the Department of Education, and Congress an outside perspective on education research that helps to maintain the relevance, quality, and responsiveness of IES’s work.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksNot Applicable
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsYes
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentIn addition to making recommendations to IES and the Department of Education, the Board has made recommendations to Congress regarding reallocation of resources and legislative language.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentA Board resolution passed in January 2008 established the rule that the Board will review and advise the IES Director in cases where a proposed grantee was selected out of rank order of applicant scores that resulted from peer review for scientific merit. In addition, the Procedures for Peer Review of Grant Applications, which the Board reviewed and approved in January 2006, governs IES’s review of grant applications.
Number Of Recommendations*15Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThere were no recommendations during FY18. The Board has passed 13 formal resolutions since its establishment in December 2004. These resolutions may be viewed at http://ies.ed.gov/director/board/resolutions.asp. In addition, the Board, in keeping with its statutory responsibilities has reviewed and approved former Directors' priorities twice (most recently in November 2010) and reviewed and approved the Institute for Education Science’s (IES’s) Procedures for Peer Review of Grant Applications in January 2006. During FY 2013, the Board passed one resolution. This resolution formally announced the Board's recommendations for the reauthorization of the Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA).Previous Board resolutions passed from 2005 through 2008 made recommendations to Congress, the Department of Education, and IES related to strengthening evaluation of educational programs, assuring access for researchers to educational data while safeguarding individual privacy, and the grant award process at IES. Between 2008 and 2011, the Board refrained from passing resolutions due to the large number of unfilled vacancies on the Board. (At one point Board membership dropped to six members during this period.) In 2011, the Board recommended that Congress continue funding the Regional Education Laboratories. That fiscal year, the Board also recommended that when Congress authorizes Education Department grant programs that it advance the use of evidence of effectiveness in decision-making through the use of specific funding incentives described in the resolution.In FY 2015, the NBES did not make any formal recommendations.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*75.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Board’s recommendations regarding a former Director’s priorities for IES were fully implemented. Similarly the Board’s recommendations regarding the Procedures for Peer Review of Grant Applications were fully implemented. Among the 13 resolutions passed by the Board since its establishment, the March 2011 recommendation regarding the Regional Educational Laboratories was mostly implemented by Congress. Of the earlier resolutions:• Resolution 3 from September 2006, which recommended that Congress designate IES in statute as the lead agency for all congressionally authorized evaluations of US Department of Education programs, is currently reflected in draft Senate language for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).• Resolution 5, also from September 2006, called on the Department of Education to use its waiver authority to build scientifically valid knowledge about what works in K-12 education. The Department’s September 2011 ESEA waiver document provides language encouraging state education agencies to work with the Department to evaluate some of their reform initiatives under the waivers.• Resolution 6 from May 2007 recommends the adoption of incentives for federal education program grantees to adopt practices that meet the highest standard of evidence of sizeable, sustained effects on important educational outcomes. The Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) program, launched in 2009, provides tiered funding for grantees based on the level of evidence supporting the practice in question.• Resolution 7 from October 2007 recommends that Congress revise its statutory definition of “scientifically based research”. Draft Senate language for ESEA reauthorization largely replaces “scientifically based research” with “evidence based” and “scientifically valid research”.• The Board’s January 2008 resolution, which requires Board review of grant awards where the proposed grantee is selected out of rank order of the proposal’s peer review score, has become part of IES’s policy.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*25.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented Comment(See previous response.)Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentThe Board established a website in FY 2006 that provides access to all meeting agendas, minutes, resolutions, annual reports, member lists, and the Board-approved IES priorities. http://ies.ed.gov/director/board/index.asp
Agency Feedback CommentIES Directors attend all National Board for Education Sciences meetings and keep the Board apprised of IES’s actions related to Board resolutions and advice. The IES Director typically maintains a close working relationship with the Board chair. Through multiple communication channels, the Board is fully apprised of IES’s actions regarding its recommendations.Narrative Description*The National Board for Education Sciences is authorized by Section 116 of the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002. The Board advises the Director of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) on the establishment of activities to be supported by the Institute, on the funding of application for grants,contracts, and cooperative agreements for research after the completion of peer review, and reviews and evaluates the work of the Institute.
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COSTS

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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

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Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001602National Board for Education Sciences2017
 COM-002777National Board for Education Sciences2016
 COM-003833National Board for Education Sciences2015
 COM-004905National Board for Education Sciences2014
 COM-005946National Board for Education Sciences2013
 COM-007071National Board for Education Sciences2012
 COM-008081National Board for Education Sciences2011
 COM-008988National Board for Education Sciences2010
 COM-010150National Board for Education Sciences2009
 COM-010892National Board for Education Sciences2008
 COM-011981National Board for Education Sciences2007
 COM-012762National Board for Education Sciences2006
 COM-013866National Board for Education Sciences2005
 COM-014666National Board for Education Sciences2004
 COM-033747National Board for Education Sciences2018