ED was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. ED's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. ED's 4,200 employees and $68.6 billion budget are dedicated to:

• Establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds.
• Collecting data on America's schools and disseminating research.
• Focusing national attention on key educational issues.
• Prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.

Contact ED staff. See performance plans and accountability reports. Find out about ED's offices and structure. Learn about ED's mission, priorities, senior staff, and website.


Coordinating Structure

See ED offices and how we are structured. GO >

General Inquiries

Phone numbers for ED staff and toll-free numbers for questions about NCLB, financial aid, publications, civil rights, fraud and waste, and more. GO >

White House Initiatives

President's boards and commissions on education for Hispanic Americans, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities. GO >

State Information and Contacts

State ed. departments and agencies, state accountability plans, state contacts, and other state information. GO >