(1) In generalThe mission of the Institute is to provide national leadership in expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding of education from early childhood through postsecondary study, in order to provide parents, educators, students, researchers, policymakers, and the general public with reliable information about—
the condition and progress of education in the United States, including early childhood education and special education;
educational practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to educational opportunities for all students; and
(2) Carrying out missionIn carrying out the mission described in paragraph (1), the Institute shall compile statistics, develop products, and conduct research, evaluations, and wide dissemination activities in areas of demonstrated national need (including in technology areas) that are supported by Federal funds appropriated to the Institute and ensure that such activities—
are objective, secular, neutral, and nonideological and are free of partisan political influence and racial, cultural, gender, or regional bias.
(c) OrganizationThe Institute shall consist of the following:
(3) The National Education Centers, which include—
the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (as described in part D); and