U.S. Department of Education

600 Independence Avenue, S. W, Washington, D. C. 20202

Telephone:  1-800-8725327  Email: CustomerService@inet.ed.gov

The Department’s purpose and role in the Federal government: establishes policy for, administers, and coordinates most Federal assistance to education. It’s mission is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the Nation.

A summary statement of the Department’s purpose mission and role in the Federal government along with it’s "Our National Education Goals" (updated: two more goals have been added to the original six) is in the initial "The Education Organization Act".

This Cabinet-level department was established on May 4, 1980 (Public Law 96-88 of October 1979).

The following material was condensed and edited from of the Department of Education’s Web site--with added content to further inform visitors to the Federal Gateway site.

More Detailed Information

Homepage and Introductory Information to top

Department of Education Homepage

Secretary of The U.S. Department of Education

Welcome - ED  states national goals, customer service standards, mission, copyright policy, etc.

Secretary’s Initiatives   this section gives you a comprehensive presentation of the Department’s major initiative.

Programs and Services   is an organization directory of major program themes.

Directories and Guides   education, teacher, students, and parents topics.


Topics from A to Z  extensive subject search utility.

News, Public Affairs, History, etc. to top

News - ED  updates the budget, legislative, and other happenings as they develop at ED.

What’s New - ED

Education Headlines  resume of current happenings.

Education Week - news

Current Awareness Program - Public Schools of North Carolina  updates of over 200 current education and technology topics of interest to educators.

Teacher Magazine - features

Newsletters - ED   topics include research syntheses, reports and studies about research and practice, statistics, resource directories, guides to the Department, and a database of ED publications.

Education Statistics - GPO Access   draws on the National Center for Education Statistics, National Science Foundation, Government Information Sharing Project, and the National Forum on Education Statistics.

Education Statistics - White House 

The United States of America - USIA  American History educational site.

Scholarly Resources - Scout Select Bookmarks  comprehensive, high quality academic coverage.

Parents Guide to the Internet  an educational piece on the Web.

Customer Service to top

General to top

Educational Resources Information Center - ERIC (R)

Federal Government Internet Library Resources

Other Federal Agency Resources

Career Education - GPO   career/vocational programs.

Overview of ED Programs and Services

The Federal Resource Center for Special Education

IDEA'97 The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act

Programs and Services   policy responsibilities that define ED’s services.

ED Job Vacancies   online vacancies.

U.S. Consumer Gateway   extensive consumer information.

Critical Comparison of American Colleges

College and University Rankings - University of Illinois

Other On-Line Educational Resources  covers ED-funded Internet resources, state agencies, etc.

Funding Education to top

College Selection and Financial Aid Help

Office of Postsecondary Education  includes financial and other assistance.

Women’s Education Equity Act Program  promotes educational equality for women.

National Assembly - ED  this group focuses on youth and careers--lists many summer and year-round internships.

Addressing Some Education Publics to top

Teaching to top

Career Education - GPO Access  career/vocational education programs.

Teachers' Resource

Federal Teaching Jobs - Domestic and Overseas

NASA's Education Program  provides programs and materials for teachers and students from elementary to the university level.

NASA Observatorium Education  suggests ideas and materials for teachers and students through its many programs and centers.

Science Education - NASA

College Selection and Financial Aid Help

Adult Education to top

The Office of Vocational and Adult Education

BRAINTRACK - University Index   higher education institutions in over 150 countries.

CollegeNET - Campus News

Young Peoples’ Education to top

Kids Web - Syracuse University  covers art, sciences, social studies, reference materials, games, sports, digital libraries, etc.

Volcano World  excellent learning adventure.

Getting Real  for teens contemplating life after graduation- -shares real life experiences.

Virtual Frog Dissection  excellent interactive educational adventure.

National Geographic   solid multimedia journey with exploration interactions with authors.

Exploratorium  presents interactive museum learning.

Discovery Channel Online

Why Files  sends you (twice monthly) a new feature on science, engineering, everyday life, etc.

National 4-H - More Than You Ever Imagined

School District Data Book Profiles  years covered 1989-1990.

School District Data Book  extensive data on children, their households, etc.

American School Directory   interactive gateway to 106,000 K-12 schools - leave a message to your classmates that may drop back.

Some Education Subject Area Resources to top

Social Science to top

Learning Page of the Library of Congress  comes from the "American Memory Library" (history)---excellent!

Social Science Databases Available via MELVYL  University of California gatherings that have great depth in coverage and topic areas like psychology, political policy, finance, sociology, etc.

Social Sciences Reference - Internet Public Library

Sociology Resources

Education Reference - Internet Public Library covers Adult, Alternative, K-12, Higher Education, and Vocational education.

Science and Math to top

Mathematics & NSA:  A Long Term Partnership  National Security Agency K-12 outreach program to promote mathematics and science education---NSA conducts a Mathematics Speakers Bureau, School Partnerships Programs, Excess Equipment Program, etc.

Students and Educators - NSF  concerned with students of all ages---addresses science fellowships and student aid.

Teacher Resources - NSF   concerns interactive question answering and partnering on scientific areas.

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics

Ask Dr. Math   answers to math questions.

ERIC (R) Library and Information Science Links .

Science & Technology Reference - Internet Public Library

Guide to Math and Science Reform  involves K-12 students.

Special Note: See the Federal Gateway to the National Science Foundation site for further information about grants, fellowships, student aid, etc. concerning science education and research projects.

Language Arts to top

Internet Directory of Literacy

National Institute for Literacy

National Technical Information Service  offers over 60 foreign language courses produced by the Department of State---includes 37 languages.

Spanish Language  survey document.

Spanish Language Web Site Directory.

ERIC (R) Reading, English, and Communication

Arts to top

ArtsEdge  linking the arts and education through technology.

Organization to top

U.S. Department of Education Staff Organization  introduces this Departments’ Management, Program Offices, and Staff Offices.

Organization Chart - IT

ED Regional Offices offers address, phone and FAX number listings plus the name of Secretary’s Regional Representatives.

State Education Agencies

National Public School and School District Locator  lists the address and other basic particulars,

The Department of Education supports (in part) the following federally Aided Corporations:

  • American Printing House for the Blind, P. O. Box 6085, Louisville, KY 40206
  • Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue, N. E., Washington, D. C. 20002
  • Howard University, 2400 6th Street, N.W., Washington, D. C. 20059
  • National Institute for Literacy, 800 Connecticut Avenue, N. W., Washington, D. C.20006
  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623

Information Technology to top

Used to Enhance Education

Office of Education Technology  charged with bringing technology into the classroom.

ERIC IT Clearinghouse on Information Technology

Industry, Trade, and Technology Review

On-Line Educational Resources - Search Results

Education Virtual Library  lists education newsgroups and more.

Educause  "transforming education through information technologies."

Educational Resources to top

Education - Charles Sturt University  covers online libraries and newsgroups---search the ED Virtual Library.

Libraries - GPO Access  catalogs all the leading federal government related facilities in the United States.

The National Library of Education

National Institute for Literacy

Distance Education  concerns online courses, resources, etc.

California Virtual University  electronic course offerings via the Internet.

Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention - ED

ED Technical Assistance  shows how educational programs can support activities in Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities.   

The Digital Classroom - NARA  encourages the use of historical documents in the classroom.

Newton's Apple Index

Welcome to the Family Education Network  U.S. resources in education.

Marr/Kirkwood Official Guide to Business School Webs

Office for Civil Rights

Harnessing The Web  tutorial shows K-12 teachers how to use the WWW in the classroom.

Title IV School Code Search  code of schools you to receive your Application for Federal Student Aid---this document lists participating schools code.

College Selection and Financial Aid Help

Business Matters to top

General to top

College Selection and Financial Aid Help

Contracts Information - ED

Education Contract Reference Library

Doing Business with the Department of Education 

Grants to top

ED Grants & Contracts

U. S. Government and Grant Resources

Grants - Innovation Research Awards (Community of Science)

Consumer Guide  grant information on At-Risk Students.

Federal Government Internet Educational Resources

Special Note: See the Federal Gateway National Science Foundation and  U. S. Department of Health & Human Services "Business Matters" locations for more on Grants.

Other Items of Interest to top

Committee on Education and the Workforce

ED Publications

Corporation For National Service   bipartisan service volunteer organizations.

America Reads Challenge   an opportunity to volunteer.

Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Prevention Resources  health subjects from the prevention aspect---free information from the University of Wisconsin.

Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education.

Center For Education Statistics

Educational Statistics - FEDSTSAT  also covers other federal communities.

Health Sciences Libraries Consortium   details computer based learning.

Commonwealth of Education  speaks to improving education.

College and University ROTC Web Sites

Special Education Particulars

Chronicle of Higher Education   job openings and campus news.

fastWEB! College Search

Gopher Sites to top

Bilingual Education

Center for Media Education (CME)   concerns quality of children's television.

ThinkQuest  ages 12 to 19 - an award winning site.

Violence and Discipline Problems in U. S. Public Schools:  1996-97

U.S. Schools Dropout Rates

Federal Gateway is a Trademark of the SBCC, Inc. 1996