Policy Overview

Legislation, regulations, guidance, and other policy documents can be found here for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, No Child Left Behind, and topics at the left. You may also want to see the ED budget and ED strategic plan.

Please note that in the U.S., the federal role in education is limited. Because of the Tenth Amendment, most education policy is decided at the state and local levels. So, if you have a question about a policy or issue, you may want to check with the relevant organization in your state or school district.


Recovery Act Guidance

Guidance, legislative language, and other information related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. GO >

P-12 Policy

Policy documents on accountability, choice, SES, teacher quality, and other elementary/secondary policy issues. GO >


Comment on Department of Education notices of proposed rulemaking. GO >

NCLB Policy Letters

Letters on NCLB topics of interest to schools, districts, and state ed. agencies. GO >

Significant Guidance

A list of significant guidance documents issued by ED. GO >

Race and Ethnicity Guidance for Data Collection

New data collection guidance for allowing self-identification and multiple selection of race and ethnicity. GO >