U.S. Department of Education Plain Writing Initiative

U.S. Department of Education Plain Writing Initiative

More Resources
U.S. Department of Education Plain Writing Act of 2010 Compliance Reports
  • 2014 [MS Word, 23KB]
  • 2013 [MS Word, 19KB]
  • 2012 [MS Word, 45KB]

2016 Plain Writing Report
[MS Word, 26KB]

2017 Plain Writing Report
[MS Word, 160KB]

2019 Plain Writing Report
[MS Word, 50KB]

2020 Plain Writing Report
[MS Word, 56KB]

2021 Plain Writing Report
[MS Word, 41KB]

The Plain Writing Act of 2010 [PDF, 153KB] requires federal agencies to write "clear Government communication that the public can understand and use." We at the U.S. Department of Education are committed to writing documents in plain language using the Federal Plain Language Guidelines.

Plain Writing for Products and Services Information

Our outreach is through our website, social media, and publications, and includes a wide range of topics, such as;

  • Federal student aid.
  • Grant programs and opportunities.
  • Research on school readiness and education from infancy to adulthood, including special populations, such as English learners and students with disabilities.

Publishing clear, useful information about our programs and services is one of our top priorities and an ongoing effort.

What We Are Doing to Improve

We're training our employees and strengthening our oversight process to ensure that you ― the reader ― will benefit from our products and services. To this end, we intend to use plain language in any document that:

  • Is necessary for obtaining any federal government benefit or service.
  • Provides information about any federal government benefit or service.
  • Explains to the public how to comply with a requirement that the federal government administers or enforces.

Contact Us

We invite your help in ensuring our information is clear and accessible to you, our customers. Please let us know at plainwriting@ed.gov if you find any of our information difficult to understand or confusing, by listing the webpage(s) or social media posting(s) of concern. Be sure to give the title of the publication or URL if you're referring to a particular publication or webpage.

Thank you for your help in making us better at serving you!