State policymakers and business leaders know our nation cannot remain a first-rate economic power with a second-rate education system. Under the leadership of our chair, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, and our Executive Committee, ECS is committed to being a force for change and improvement of public education at all levels. We track education policy trends, translate research, provide counsel and create opportunities for state leaders to learn from one another. Our particular areas of focus in 2011-13 are: aligning the early learning, K-12 and postsecondary education systems; benchmarking to international standards; school-level leadership; longitudinal data systems; and aligning education with workforce and economic development needs.
We believe that systematic changes in education are possible only when the business community and education stakeholders are actively involved in policy development and implementation. The support of the business community is critical to strengthening ECS’ ability to help states address the challenges of reform and restructuring in a systematic, strategic and collaborative way.
Join ECS, state policymakers and education leaders as we create and promote strategies that will increase and improve educational opportunities for all Americans by becoming an ECS Corporate Partner.
Please contact ECS President Jeremy Anderson at 303.299.3624 for more information.
ECS would like to thank the following sponsors for their support:
The GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of the General Electric Company, works to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems. In coordination with its partners, it supports U.S. and international education, developing health globally, the environment, public policy, human rights and disaster relief. In addition, the GE Foundation supports GE employee and retiree giving and involvement in GE communities around the world. In 2010, the entire GE family — including businesses, employees, retirees and the GE Foundation — contributed more than $250 million in cash, products and services to charitable organizations around the world. For more information, please visit www.gefoundation.com.
Pearson is the global leader in educational publishing, providing scientifically research-based print and digital programs to help students and their teachers achieve success. For more information, please visit www.pearsoned.com.
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives, AT&T has a long history of supporting projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs. In 2010, more than $148.2 million was contributed through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. For more information, please visit www.att.com.
Corinthian Colleges, Inc.
Corinthian Colleges, Inc. is one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. The Company’s mission is to prepare students for careers in demand or for advancement in their chosen field. Through its Everest, WyoTech and Heald campuses, Corinthian offers diploma and associate degree programs in a variety of high-demand occupational areas, including healthcare, business, criminal justice, transportation technology and maintenance, construction trades and information technology. For more information, please visit www.cci.edu.
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 www.statefarm.com.
The College Board 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 more than 5,900 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 more information, visit www.collegeboard.org.
Educational Testing Service
At nonprofit 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 post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis, and policy studies. Founded in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually—including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® test, and The Praxis Series™ assessments—in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. For more information, please visit www.ets.org.
The Lexile Framework for Reading/The Quantile Framework for Mathematics
MetaMetrics, Inc. 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 difficulty, enabling teachers and parents to choose materials that can help to improve student reading skills, and monitoring literacy across the curriculum and at home. For more information, please visit www.lexile.com and www.quantiles.com.
Wireless Generation combines a deep understanding of teaching and learning with unparalleled technological expertise and a proven ability to bring innovations to scale. We help schools in all 50 states improve teaching and learning. We serve more than 200,000 educators and three million students with: enterprise education data systems that empower educators to raise achievement; adaptive curriculum and teacher-centered, differentiated instruction; assessment and analysis tools that make targeted teaching easy; organizational change management, professional development, and school turnaround services that support continuous improvement in teaching at scale; consulting to drive education innovation with evidence-based solutions; and open source initiatives that share great ideas from teachers and experts around the world. For more information, please visit www.wirelessgeneration.com.
Partners in Education
Archer Daniels Midland
Archer Daniels Midland Company connects the harvest to the home and transforms crops into products that serve vital needs for food and energy. Through our global agricultural network and worldwide processing capabilities, ADM turns oilseeds, corn, cocoa and wheat into food, feed, fuel and industrial materials that are used by consumers and businesses around the world every day. For more information, please visit www.adm.com.
Measured Progress It's all about student learning. Measured Progress provides customized, integrated, full-service assessment, professional development and instructional support for state and local educators. We continue to develop innovative products and programs, including alternate assessments for students with profound disabilities, assessment instruments for English language learners, computer-based assessments, and a growing catalog of local assessments and professional development products and services. For more information, please visit www.measuredprogress.org.
Worldwide Interactive Network
Worldwide Interactive Network, Inc. (WIN) was established in 1996, with a vision to create and integrate learning technologies for enhanced educational opportunities in America and throughout the world. WIN became a company whose applications enable life-learning for business and education via web-based technologies. WIN, with corporate headquarters located in Kingston, Tennessee, is positioned as a global leader in knowledge management and courseware delivery systems. WIN has enabled thousands of national and international clients and millions of users to enter the 21st century with the speed and convenience afforded by the Internet and distance learning. For more information, please visit www.w-win.com.