What guides us? Learn about the mission, vision, and critical priorities of the Johns Hopkins School of Education’s Institute for Education Policy.


The Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy is dedicated to integrating research, policy, and practice to achieve educational excellence for all of America’s K-12 students.


IEP seeks to break down the silos that separate those on the front lines of schooling from those who research and guide policies. We believe building partnerships across these different constituencies is necessary to advance excellence and equity for all of America’s children. We operate from the understanding that education policy must be informed both by real-world conditions and excellent research; that it is possible to translate the technical vocabularies of research into a language that is accessible and useful to policy experts, principals, teachers, and parents; and that in our richly diverse nation, education must be driven and sustained by evidence about what works and what does not.

What We Do

To make good on these commitments, IEP creates partnerships among scholars so that they may share expertise and new research on our classrooms’ most pressing challenges. We bring evidence of effective reforms to policymakers in their language — attuned to political realities and informed by the tough metrics of cost and benefits. We rescue from obscurity important findings about powerful educational interventions and share them with school districts, state legislators, and state departments of education. We convene leaders from diverse and often opposing viewpoints to analyze our toughest educational issues.

Our Priorities

  • Intellectually Challenging Curricula

    A rigorous, knowledge-rich curriculum in all subjects of the K-12 experience that accelerates student learning and narrows achievement gaps.

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  • Highly Effective Educators

    Teachers prepared to deliver knowledge-rich curricula with access to targeted professional development and support from attuned school leadership.

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  • Distinctive Educational Environments

    Equitable access to places of learning that meet the diverse needs of students, families, and communities through both academic accountability and distinctive school cultures.

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Stemming from these beliefs, we produce research-based evidence on what narrows America’s persistent achievement gaps, tools that identify critical challenges, and guidance to educational leaders to enable stronger outcomes for children.