20 U.S. Code § 9531 - Establishment
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There is established in the Institute a National Center for Education Research (in this part referred to as the “Research Center”).
The mission of the Research Center is—
(1) to sponsor sustained research that will lead to the accumulation of knowledge and understanding of education, to—
(C) close the achievement gap between high-performing and low-performing students through the improvement of teaching and learning of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and other academic subjects; and
(3) to promote quality and integrity through the use of accepted practices of scientific inquiry to obtain knowledge and understanding of the validity of education theories, practices, or conditions; and