The White House announced that President Joe Biden has named University of Southern California Professor Shaun Harper to the National Board for Education Sciences.
The 15-member Board approves research priorities for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), an independent, nonpartisan branch of the U.S. Department of Education that is charged with supporting research for education practice and policy. Congress provided more than $700 million to IES for the most recent fiscal year. Board members advise the IES Director on policies and activities, including the general areas of research to be carried out by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the National Center for Education Evaluation (NCEE), the National Center for Education Research (NCER), and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER). The Board also evaluates the work of IES and solicits input from the field on research priorities that will significantly improve schools and postsecondary institutions across the country.