Under the leadership of our chair and executive committee, Education Commission of the States is committed to providing unbiased, factual information and resources to help policymakers make informed decisions to improve public education from early childhood to postsecondary.
We believe that systematic changes in education come from collaboration across all state education leaders, from both political parties, and the business community. The support of the business community is critical to strengthening Education Commission of the States’ ability to help state policymakers address their state’s education challenges in a strategic and collaborative way. Join Education Commission of the States, state policymakers and education leaders as we identify and promote strategies that will improve educational opportunities for all students by becoming a partner. For more information, please contact Matt Jordan at 303.299.3686 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education Commission of the States would like to thank the following partners for their support:
The GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of GE, is committed to building a world that works better. We empower people by helping them build the skills they need to succeed in a global economy. We equip communities with the technology and capacity to improve access to better health and education. We elevate ideas that are tackling the world’s toughest challenges to advance economic development and improve lives. The GE Foundation is powered by the generosity and talent of our employees, who have a strong commitment to their communities. We are at work making the world work better. Follow the GE Foundation at www.gefoundation.com and on Twitter at @GE_Foundation.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure all people – especially those with the fewest resources – have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. For more information, please visit www.gatesfoundation.org.
USA Funds® is a nonprofit organization established in 1960 to enhance postsecondary education preparedness, access and success. USA Funds focuses on postsecondary education “Completion With a Purpose” — supporting postsecondary students’ attainment of credentials and competencies that lead to productive and rewarding careers and thus to economic, civic and creative contributions to their communities and society. For more information, please visit www.usafunds.org.
Walton Family Foundation
The philanthropic vision of Sam and Helen Walton has driven the work of the Walton Family Foundation for nearly three decades. Their legacy is more important than ever as we accelerate our efforts to improve K-12 education for all students in America, to protect our rivers and oceans and the communities they support, and to give back to the region that first gave Sam and Helen Walton opportunity. Learn more at www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org or follow us on Twitter (@waltonfamilyfdn).
ACT is an international, mission-driven, nonprofit organization providing highquality assessments grounded in more than 50 years of research. The ACT® test is the most widely used US college admissions test, taken in 2015 by 1.9 million high school seniors. Our ACT Aspire® assessment system measures student growth from grades 3 to 10 and links to the ACT to build a complete picture of college and career readiness. More than 3 million people have earned the ACT National Career Readiness CertificateTM, powered by ACT WorkKeys®, to demonstrate they have foundational workplace skills. Learn more at www.act.org.
AdvancED is a non-profit, non-partisan organization serving the largest community of education professionals in the world. Founded on more than 100 years of work in continuous improvement, AdvancED combines the knowledge and expertise of a research institute, the skills of a management consulting firm and the passion of a grassroots movement for educational change to empower pre-K to 12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. AdvancED’s position as a global leader in school improvement and accreditation continues to expand by providing a national and international voice to inform and influence policy and practice on issues related to education quality. Learn more at www.advanc-ed.org.
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. In 2014, more than $126.9 million was contributed or directed through corporate-, employee-, social investment- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature education initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism and mentoring. For more information, please visit www.att.com.
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, providing educational materials and services to learners of all ages around the globe. For more information, please visit www.pearsoned.com.
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children’s media. Scholastic creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multimedia and other products that help children learn both at school and at home. The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, on-air and online at www.scholastic.com.
State Farm Foundation
The State Farm® mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. We achieve our mission through the products and services we offer, as well as through our involvement in and commitment to the community. We make it our business to be like a good neighbor, helping to improve the quality of life in the communities where our associates live and work. For more information, please visit
AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a global nonprofit organization that operates with one guiding principle: Hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge. AVID’s kindergarten through higher education system brings research-based curriculum and strategies to students each day that develop critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas. For more than 30 years, AVID has prepared students for college readiness and success. It now impacts the lives of almost 1.3 million students throughout the United States and the world. For more information, please visit www.avid.org.
BloomBoard is an online growth development platform that enables educators and organizations to understand some of their most pressing questions: How can we pinpoint the areas where we are excelling, as well as the areas requiring improvement? How can we save time and focus on creating learning paths to support individual and organizational growth? What resources are available to help us rapidly improve without exhausting our budget? Using BloomBoard, schools and districts are able to collect and analyze educator effectiveness data, provide targeted feedback and support, and enable educators to create personalized learning roadmaps. Most importantly, educators will access a rich marketplace of professional development resources to support growth, improve instruction, and student learning. For more information, visit schools.bloomboard.com.
The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, and schools. For further information, visit www.collegeboard.org.
At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC ® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series® assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. For more information, visit www.ets.org.
KnowledgeWorks is a social enterprise focused on ensuring that every student experiences meaningful personalized learning that allows him or her to thrive in college, career and civic life. By offering a portfolio of innovative education approaches and advancing aligned policies, KnowledgeWorks seeks to activate and develop the capacity of communities and educators to build and sustain vibrant learning ecosystems that allow each student to thrive. Our portfolio includes EDWorks and StriveTogether. Learn more at www.knowledgeworks.org.
Measured Progress, a not-for-profit organization, is a pioneer in authentic, standards-based assessments. For more than 30 years, we have been connecting
the K–12 educational community with innovative and flexible assessment solutions. Our mission to improve teaching and learning has helped states and districts implement meaningful assessments. For more information, please visit www.measuredprogress.org.
MetaMetrics® is focused on improving education for students of all ages. The organization developed The Lexile® Framework for Reading and its companion scale, The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics. The Lexile Framework provides a common scale for matching reader ability and text complexity. For more information, please visit www.lexile.comand www.quantiles.com.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. For more information, please visit www.microsoft.com.
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA)
The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) is committed to advancing excellence and accountability in the charter school sector and to increasing the number of high-quality charter schools across the nation. NACSA provides training, consulting, and policy guidance to authorizers. For more information, please visit www.qualitycharters.org.
Questar Assessment Inc. is a K–12 assessment solutions provider focused on building a bridge between learning and accountability. Our fresh approach to meaningful assessment design, delivery, scoring, analysis, and reporting results in successful collaborations between educators and our high-performing teams and, ultimately, better assessment programs for states, districts, schools, and students. Our technological innovations continue to set the standard for scalability and reliable online testing performance to meet the specific needs of states and districts at an unprecedented value. And as we reimagine how assessments can empower educators by giving them the insights they need to improve instruction and fully prepare students for college or career, we are raising expectations about what it means to be an assessment partner.
Renaissance Learning is a leading provider of cloud-based assessment and teaching and learning solutions that fit the K12 classroom, improve school performance, and accelerate learning for all. Renaissance Learning enables educators to deliver highly differentiated and timely instruction while driving personalized student practice in reading, writing, and math, every day. For more information, please visit www.renaissance.com.
Some educators see data as facts and figures. But it’s more than that. It’s the lifeblood of your schools. It contains history. And it can tell you something about the future. SAS helps you make sense of the data. As the leader in education analytics software and services, SAS transforms your data into insights that give you a fresh perspective on your students and schools. You can identify what’s working. Fix what isn’t. And discover new opportunities. Please visit sas.com/k12.