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To promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.
The U.S. Department of Education (Department) is the agency of the federal government that establishes policy for, administers and coordinates most federal assistance to education. It helps the president execute education policies for the nation and implement laws enacted by Congress. The Department’s mission is to serve America’s students — to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.
The Department’s most recent data indicate that its elementary and secondary school programs serve more than 56 million students (pre-K through grade 12) attending more the 98,000 public schools and more than 34,000 private schools. Department programs also provide grant, loan and work-study assistance to about 11 million undergraduate students.*
When Congress created the Department in 1979, it declared these purposes: