Department of Education

Opportunity for Involvement: Comment on New Website

This request for comments encourages users of the website to provide feedback on the website’s resources and make suggestions for improvements to the site. provides information and resources related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a law ensuring services to children with disabilities.

Resource: Family-School Partnership

This guide (PDF, 8 pages) by Jobs for the Future provides an overview of key research, best practices, and funding sources to improve family engagement in schools. School staff can use this resource to learn new strategies for welcoming and working with families effectively. Learn more (PDF, 8 pages). 

Resource: Analyzing Student-Level Discipline Data: A Guide for Districts

This guide (PDF, 43 pages) helps school and district leaders use data to better inform their use of disciplinary actions.

Report: Preparing for Life after High School: The Characteristics and Experiences of Youth in Special Education

This multi-volume descriptive report presents information from the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2012, a longitudinal study conducted over several decades to examine the characteristics, experiences, and post-high school outcomes of youth with an individualized education program (IEP).

Report: A Quarter Century of Changes in the Elementary and Secondary Teaching Force: From 1987 to 2012

This report illustrates changes in several key characteristics of the teaching force between the 1987-1988 and 2011-2012 school years, including the number of teachers, the level of teaching experience, and the racial/ethnic diversity of the teaching force. The report focuses on how these demographic changes varied across different types of teachers and schools.