The U.S. Department of Education has updated its Open Government Plan.
We consider open government to be a critical component in achieving the administration’s ambitious education goals, which are:
- The U.S. is to become No. 1 in the world in the percentage of the population with a college degree by 2020; and
- The U.S. is to significantly reduce gaps between low-income and minority students and their peers in high school graduation and college access and success by 2020.
The Open Government Plan of the U.S. Department of Education highlights how the department is using open government, including increasing our transparency and accountability, soliciting and incorporating more public input, increasing collaboration and communication with other organizations, and creating a culture of openness within our own organization.
Our Flagship Initiatives, highlighted in the newest version of the document, outline how we’re currently applying open government. From our data inventory website to our new version of FREE.Ed.gov to our Federal Student Aid Integrated Student Experience, we’re using open government throughout the department in a variety of innovative ways.
The principles of open government are now vital to effectively communicating and interacting with the general public, students, parents, teachers, and all stakeholders engaged in public education. These principles have changed how the Department of Education operates and its internal culture.
Jill James is web director at the U.S. Department of Education and co-chair of the Department’s Open Government Working Group.