The Education Commission of the States would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous contributions to The 2004 National Forum on Education Policy:
PLATINUM SPONSORS ($30,000/three-year commitment)
ACT is one of the largest independent, not-for-profit education measurement and research organizations in the world. We work actively with school districts, colleges, universities, businesses and state agencies to improve the performance of students and the workforce. Our programs address career and educational planning, academic advising, workforce development, standards-aligned assessments, professional certification and licensure, and other areas. ACT services have helped states to better prepare high school graduates for further education and training, improve course-taking patterns by majority and minority students, and enhance academic achievement.
Educational Testing Service
Founded in 1947, Educational Testing Service (ETS) is the world's largest private, nonprofit educational testing and measurement organization and a leader in education research. ETS products and services measure knowledge and skills, promote learning and performance, and support education and professional development. ETS's 2,700 employees produce and administer nearly 12 million tests annually in more than 180 countries. ETS is dedicated to serving the needs of individuals, educational institutions and government agencies around the world.
ETS has three for-profit subsidiaries: ETS Pulliam, a leading provider of educational software products and professional development services that enable assessment for improved student performance; Capstar, a leading provider of training, online distance learning and assessments, and certification and licensure exams for associations, corporations, government and academic markets; and ETS Global BV. Headquartered in Utrecht, the Netherlands, ETS Global BV makes the world-class products, services and resources of ETS more readily accessible to the European education and training community.
I CAN Learn® Education Systems
Using the latest technology, the I CAN Learn® Education System teaches Pre-Algebra and Algebra to students and provides daily accountability to teachers and administrators. Through interactive lessons and real-world applications, I CAN Learn® Students discover the exciting world of math and achieve academic success.
In an I CAN Learn® Classroom students attain higher pass rates on high-stakes and norm-referenced tests. This is confirmed by eight years of scientifically based research and continues with annual, nationwide, scientifically based evaluations.
The U.S. Dept. of Education has recognized the I CAN Learn® Algebra Curriculum as a "Promising Mathematics Program" for the success and promise it has shown in educating students, especially inner-city, at-risk, minority students.
With the I CAN Learn® System, no child is ever left behind and no child is ever held back.
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated education publishing. With such renowned brands as Pearson Prentice Hall, Pearson Longman, Pearson Scott Foresman, Pearson Addison Wesley, Pearson NCS and many others, Pearson Education provides quality content, assessment tools and educational services in all available media, spanning the learning curve from birth through college and beyond.
Pearson Education is also the global leader in online learning with nearly 2,000 textbook companion Web sites, the InformIT Web site for technology professionals and the Family Education Network, the award-winning online resource for parents, teachers and children.
Pearson Education is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company. In addition to Pearson Education, Pearson's primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.
PLATO Learning, Inc.
PLATO Learning, Inc. is a leading provider of computer-based and e-learning instruction for kindergarten through adult learners, offering curricula in reading, writing, math, science, social studies and life and job skills. The company also offers innovative online assessment and accountability solutions and standards-based professional development services. With over 4,000 hours of objective-based problem-solving courseware, plus assessment, alignment and curriculum management tools, we create standards-based curricula that facilitate learning and school improvement.
TIAA-CREF is a leading, national provider of financial services and one of the world's largest pension systems with more than $300 billion in assets under management, serving approximately 2.9 million people and 15,000 colleges, universities, and related nonprofit education and research institutions nationwide. TIAA-CREF and its group of companies provide a broad range of products and services, including retirement plans, mutual funds, IRAs, Keoghs, after-tax annuities, life insurance, trust services, and 529 college savings plans.
GOLD SPONSORS ($15,000/three-year commitment)
The College Board
The College Board is a national nonprofit membership association whose mission statement is to be a great educational organization dedicated to preparing, inspiring and connecting students to college success opportunity, with a commitment to excellence and equity.
Harcourt Assessment serves the assessment needs of students, classrooms, and schools across the country. We are a leading provider of reliable, technically sound tests and services to measure, communicate, and improve the educational performance of children. Our expertise, experience, and resources will help districts and states meet the expectations of the No Child Left Behind Act.
Kaplan K12 Learning Services
Kaplan K12 Learning Services partners with schools to provide high quality instructional programs that improve results and help all students achieve. Our team of K-12 educators helps schools develop fundamental reading and math skills, build proficiency to meet state standards, improve performance on state tests and increase college opportunities. Our supplemental solutions enhance a wide variety of school-based programs and include courses taught by professional Kaplan K12 educators.
The Lexile Framework® for Reading provides a common scale for matching reader ability and text difficulty, allowing easy monitoring of progress. Lexile® measures give teachers and parents the confidence to choose materials that will improve student reading skills across the curriculum and at home. Tens of thousands of books and tens of millions of articles have Lexile measures, and all major standardized tests can report student reading scores in Lexiles. As the most widely adopted reading measure in use today, Lexiles are part of reading and testing programs at district, state and federal levels. The Lexile Framework was developed by MetaMetrics® Inc, an independent education company based in Durham, N.C.
Texas Instruments is extending classroom technology with the resources that help teachers and students succeed. TI’s powerful combination of tools, training and curricular materials for math and science education are based on research and today’s best practices in education and accepted content and pedagogical standards. In addition, our offering is backed by over 15 years of experience working with educational leaders. TI’s technology, support and professional development programs are widely accepted and recommended by states throughout the nation and approved by teachers and parents alike.
Wireless Generation is the leading provider of observational assessment software designed specifically to take advantage of the simplicity of handheld computers. The company's products streamline and enhance performance assessments by dramatically simplifying their administration, by increasing their accuracy, and by providing a robust and easy-to-use analysis and reporting function.
State Farm Insurance Companies
The State Farm® mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams. It achieves this mission through the products and services offered, as well as through its involvement in and commitment to the community. Through its Good Neighbor Citizenship Program, State Farm resources are committed to community development, education and safety efforts. With education as a leading focus for the company, State Farm focuses education philanthropy on efforts that help raise the levels of achievement of our nation's teachers and students. Among the programs that benefit from State Farm's Foundation support are the Education Commission of the States National Forum on Education Policy and the 2004 Education Leadership Colloquium.
The BellSouth Foundation is an endowed trust of BellSouth Corporation that is devoted to education in the communities we serve. Since its creation in 1986, the Foundation has funded over 595 grants and operated numerous special initiatives, with a total investment of more than $56 million. For more information about the BellSouth Foundation, please visit www.bellsouth.com/foundation.
The Intel® Innovation in Education initiative is a sustained commitment – in collaboration with educators and government leaders worldwide –to help today’s students develop the higher-level thinking skills they need to participate and succeed in a knowledge-based economy. Intel is focused on helping to integrate technology effectively into the education process and to improve science, mathematics, engineering and technology education. The initiative’s free programs and resources span elementary and secondary education, higher education and community education for youth. Intel strongly believes that diversity enriches learning environments and strengthens communities, and therefore offers programs that emphasize outreach to females, under-represented youth and other minorities.
National Education Association
The National Education Association, chartered in 1857, is the oldest and largest organization in the United States representing classroom teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty. With 2.7 million members, the Association works nationally and with its 50 state affiliates to create great public schools for every child.
and Arkansas Education Association
The Arkansas Education Association was organized in 1869 to promote the cause of public education and the education profession in Arkansas. It merged in 1969 with the 71-year-old Arkansas Teachers Association, which was organized to represent the interests of African American teachers and students in the fight for equal and better educational opportunity in Arkansas' racially segregated schools. In 1974, Arkansas Education Association members voted to unify with the National Education Association.
EdGate provides an Integrated Solution to K-12 education incorporating customized data analysis and warehousing, online assessment, a powerful curriculum matrix engine matching all forms of content to prioritized state standards, teacher planning and communications tools, and comprehensive professional development. EdGate's combination of online resources and professional development have been statistically shown to increase student test scores. Developed by educators, for educators, EdGate is the most comprehensive, cost-efficient solution available to educators today.
IBM has a long-standing commitment to education and a strong belief in our ability to make a difference, through strategic research and development, community and civic involvement, and targeted philanthropic efforts. Our collective experience from engaging in many large, complex projects in school systems and higher education institutions around the world has enabled us to build a rich repository of experiences, best practices, methodologies, tools and techniques that are used by our worldwide team of technical specialists, consultants and project managers to support the needs and requirements of schools, colleges, universities and state departments of education.
At the heart of what we offer schools is the IBM Learning Alignment, a new operational model for learning technologies that focuses on the strategic use of data to inform instruction, manage the process of teaching and learning, and individualize and personalize instruction. For Higher Education, we offer a portfolio of products and services to support organizational transformation, robust campus infrastructures, learning and Research. IBM also offers solutions in the area of safety and security, a priority for many education administrators.
Renaissance Learning is the world leader in learning information system (LIS) technology and online computer assessments for K-12 schools. Renaissance is the creator of Renaissance Place, the integrated, Web-based information and reporting system that supports instructional leaders at all levels as they improve student achievement in reading, writing, math and standards. Only Renaissance Place provides district administrators, principals, teachers, students and parents with information from all three levels of data - daily, periodic, and annual progress monitoring-into a single centralized database called the information pyramid. Renaissance Place reduces paperwork, increases academic learning time, enables teachers to personalize instruction, assures the effectiveness of curriculum, and makes a data-driven culture possible.
Washington Mutual is a leading retailer of financial services. Since its founding in 1889, WaMu has aimed to be the bank of choice for middle-market consumers and small- and mid-sized businesses by delivering exceptional service in a welcoming environment. The company has over 2,400 offices nationwide and provides customers with a range of banking and financial services including mortgage lending and commercial banking products.
Our top priority is to help enrich and make a difference in our communities through affordable housing and lending, volunteerism and charitable giving, support for diversity and education investment.
We are proud to say we have been a longtime supporter of education. We not only support education through charitable giving, but we have established signature programs such as WaMoola for Schools, which allows us to award unrestricted funding to schools for every purchase customers make using their Washington Mutual Visa Check Card. Schoolchildren are also given a chance to learn more about money management through our School Savings program which provides them with a free-interest bearing savings account, and Classroom Presentations, led by WaMu employees.
Our employees also volunteer for projects that advance the needs of our local schools such as helping children to read, presenting lessons on financial literacy and cleaning up school grounds.
We also offer a Teacher Mortgage Program, which provides specially discounted rates on a full range of home loans.
Last year, our education giving totaled $15.7 million in cash grants.