Information on the history and organization of the American education system,
including resources on diversity, religion, and legislation.
The U.S. Education System
Structure of the U.S.
Organization of the U.S. Education System
Information on how education in the United States is governed, including the
roles of the different levels of authority in our federal system, the role of
national associations, and the ways by which standards and quality are
monitored. Provided by the U.S. Network for Education Information.
Structure of U.S. Education
Information on the types and levels of education offered, how people progress
through the system, and the characteristics of recognized degree programs and
other programs of study. Provided by the U.S. Network for Education
Resources on public and private institutions, primary and secondary
administration, and postsecondary administration, provided by the U.S. Network
for Education Information.
K - 12
Accreditation in the U.S.
Accreditation in the United States
An overview and description of accreditation of institutions of higher
education, listings of accrediting agencies and the regulations governing the
role of the U.S. Department of Education.
Special Needs and Charter
Head Start: Background and Issues
A report on background and funding for Head Start, the federal program that
provides comprehensive early childhood development services to low-income
Education of Children with Disabilities: An Evolving
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law enacted
in 1990 and reauthorized in 1997. It is designed to protect the rights of
students with disabilities by ensuring that everyone receives a free
appropriate public education, regardless of ability.
Charter schools are publicly funded elementary or secondary schools that have
been freed from some of the rules, regulations, and statutes that apply to
other public schools, in exchange for some type of accountability for producing
certain results, which are set forth in each school's charter. From the
National Education Association.
U.S. Charter Schools: An Overview
and History of Charter Schools
An overview and history of charter schools from a consortium of education
organizations interested in providing accurate information and promising
practices about and for charter schools.
Apples to Apples: An Evaluation of Charter
Schools Serving General Student Populations
An evaluation of the academic performance of charter schools based on a
comparison of test scores at charter schools with those at regular public
schools, from the Manhattan Institute, a non-profit education and research
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative
Information about programs and policies related to the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
The Public Charter Schools Program
The Public Charter Schools Program supports the planning, development, and
initial implementation of charter schools. U.S. Department of Education.
Successful Charter Schools
2004 report from the U.S. Department of Education on charter schools in the
Diversity in Education
A Diverse Educational System
From Portrait of the USA, this chapter describes the broad contours of
U.S. education, including its structure, standards and challenges.
50 Years After Brown: Why Historically Black Colleges
and Universities Remain Relevant
Beverly Daniel Tatum, President of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, writes
about the role of historically Black colleges in affirming the identity of
African-American students, while at the same time giving them the opportunity
to meet students with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
Horizons of Opportunities: Celebrating 50 Years
of Brown v. Board of Education
Background information on the historic decision and a discussion of the status
of segregation in American schools, from the National Education Association.
Teaching Asian American Literature
An article on the complexities of teaching Asian American literature, from
"Essays on Teaching the American Literatures," Heath Anthology Newsletter.
Minority Serving Institutions
This article provides information about colleges that serve students from three
minority populations: African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians. From
"College and University Education in the U.S.," a 2005 eJournal from the Bureau
of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State.
Religion and Education
Education and the Internet
The History of Education in
Introduction to the No Child Left Behind Act
Introduction to the No Child Left Behind Act, with general information
regarding what is expected to be accomplished through it.
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
Full text of the public law, PL 107-110, that reauthorizes and amends the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the principal law affecting
education from kindergarten through high school.
Fact Sheet on the Major Provisions of the Conference
Report to H.R.1, the No Child Left Behind Act
Fact Sheet on the Major Provisions of the Conference Report regarding the No
Child Left Behind Act.
Outline of Programs and Selected Changes in the
No Child Left Behind Act
A 2002 overview of the programs and changes of the No Child Left Behind Act,
from the U.S. Department of Education.
The No Child Left Behind Act: An Overview of
Reauthorization Issues for the 110th Congress
A December 2006 report from the Congressional Research Service examines
reauthorization issues for the No Child Left Behind Act.
School Choice: Current Legislation
Legislative proposals to provide parents with enhanced opportunities to select
their children's schools are varied and widely debated. This 2006 Issue Brief
from the Congressional Research Service reports on the current legislation.
The Higher Education Act Reauthorization: A
Comparison of Current Law and Major Proposals
The Higher Education Act of 1965 includes the federal government's major
student aid programs. The HEA student aid programs supported 63% of all
federal, state and institutional aid awarded to postsecondary students in
2003-2004. An HEA reauthorization bill was passed in the House in March 2006.
This Congressional Research Service report compares current law with HEA
The Individuals with Disabilities Education
Act (IDEA): Overview of Major Provisions
A report that provides a brief overview of the Act, with particular attention
paid to issues of recent congressional concern.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act:
Statutory Provisions and Selected Issues
A Congressional Research Service report that summarizes the provisions of the
Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and discusses selected issues.
Education for the Disadvantaged: ESEA Title I
Reauthorization Issues Report
A report on the issues surrounding the reauthorization of Title I of the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which authorizes aid for the
education of disadvantaged children.
K-12 Teacher Quality: Issues and
The quality of elementary and secondary school teachers is increasingly
recognized as a critical element in improving education. This Congressional
Research Service report tracks major legislative action regarding the No Child
Left Behind Act as it pertains to K-12 teachers.
Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S.
483 (1954) (USSC+)
Supreme Court case outlining the necessity of equal access to education.
Brown v. Board of Education, 349 U.S.
294 (1955) (USSC+)
Brown v. Board of Education court case upheld for all states.
Regents of the University of
California v. Bakke (1978)
In this 1978 Supreme Court case, the Court held in a closely divided decision
that race could be one of the factors considered in choosing a diverse student
body in university admissions decisions.
Bob Jones University v. United
States, 461 U.S. 574 (1983) (USSC+)
Supreme Court Case outlining how U.S. Government support is prohibited from
universities that discriminate.