The U.S. Department of Education oversees the LCME. Public Law 96–88 of October 1979 authorizing the organization of the ED defined its mission. The following areas are considered ED’s purview:
Strengthen the federal commitment to ensuring access to equal educational opportunity for every individual.
Supplement and complement the efforts of states, the local school systems, other instrumentalities of the states, the private sector, public and private nonprofit educational research institutions, community-based organizations, parents, and students to improve the quality of education.
Encourage the increased involvement of the public, parents, and students in federal education programs.
Promote improvements in the quality and usefulness of education through federally supported research, evaluation, and sharing of information.
Improve the coordination of federal education programs.
Improve the management of federal education activities.
Increase the accountability of federal education programs to the president, Congress, and the public.