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The Education Commission of the States would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous and ongoing contributions to the National Forum on Education Policy:

Three-year commitment

ACT logo
ACT, Inc.

ACT is an independent, international nonprofit organization that offers a wide range of services in the United States and abroad, in support of college and career readiness, and college and career success. We work actively with school districts, colleges and universities, businesses, professional associations, and government agencies. We offer programs and services that address such areas as education and career planning, workforce development, and professional certification and licensure.
Each year, millions of students participate in EXPLORE®, PLAN® and the ACT Assessment® – our integrated series of programs designed to help them get ready for postsecondary education and careers.
To help people prepare for success in the workplace, we have developed job and occupational profiles for thousands of jobs across every employment field and have administered millions of workforce assessments. Our WorkKeys® system, which includes tests that provide information about examinees' work-related skills and abilities, has been used by thousands of employers and training providers in the United States and internationally.
In 2005, we launched ACT Education Solutions, Limited, our first for-profit entity and a global extension of our mission to foster access to postsecondary education. ACT Education Solutions, Limited is now offering training and the Global Assessment Certificate program to international students who want to study at English-speaking colleges and universities.
We currently have offices across the United States and in Europe, Asia and Australia.

CELT logo CELT Corporation
CELT helps K-12 leaders develop and implement IT strategies and systems that truly align technology with the core mission of today's schools - achievement, accountability, and staff development. CELT has served hundreds of school districts - including some of the largest in the country - and other education agencies across the U.S. as an "IT Architect" to help design, procure, integrate, and implement cohesive technology solutions across all facets of the K-12 enterprise.

ETS logo Educational Testing Service
ETS is a nonprofit institution with the mission to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research and related services for all people worldwide. In serving individuals, educational institutions and government agencies around the world, ETS customizes solutions to meet the need for teacher professional development products and services, classroom and end-of-course assessments, and research-based teaching and learning tools. Founded in 1947, ETS today develops, administers and scores more than 24 million tests annually in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. Additional information is available at .

I Can Learn logo I CAN Learn® Education Systems
The computer-based I CAN Learn ® Mathematics Curriculum helps students in grades 7 through 10 achieve a level of success in mathematics that might have seemed previously impossible. The program is designed to work with ethnically diverse groups of students, and has been used with great success in both large, urban school districts and small, rural school districts. In every scenario, the program has proven its ability to improve students' scores, especially those students who are classified as “at-risk”, or who are members of minority groups. In 2000, the U.S. Department of Education recognized the program's value, designating it a “Promising Mathematics Program.” In 2004, the Department went further, announcing that following a two-year review of over 800 studies of middle school mathematics initiatives, the Department's What Works Clearinghouse had determined that the I CAN Learn ® Mathematics Curriculum met the highest standard for evidence of effectiveness for all 800 studies.

The International Music Products Association, commonly called NAMM in reference to the organization’s popular NAMM trade shows, is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $16 billion global musical instruments and products industry. NAMM’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of approximately 9,000 Member companies. For more information about NAMM, interested parties can visit or call 800-767-NAMM (6266).

NES logo National Evaluation Systems, Inc.
National Evaluation Systems, Inc. (NES®) is an educational testing company that develops, administers, and scores customized teacher certification testing programs and other assessment programs in higher education. NES has developed both paper-and-pencil and computerized tests in more than one hundred content fields, professional teaching skills, and the college-level basic skills of reading, writing, and mathematics. NES is a national company with offices in Massachusetts, New York, Texas, and California, and was founded in 1972. NES's contracts span the country.

Pearson logo Pearson Education
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 websites, the InformIT website 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.

TIAA-CREF is a leading, national provider of financial services and one of the world's largest pension systems with more than $325 billion in assets under management, serving approximately 3.2 million people and 15,000 a cademic, research, medical and cultural institutions nationwide. TIAA-CREF and its group of companies provide a broad range of products and services including Annuities (before- and after-tax), Mutual Funds, IRAs, Keogh Plans, Life Insurance, Trust Services, and College Savings Programs.


Three-year commitment

College Board logoThe College Board
The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 4,700 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves over three and a half million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT®, and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®). The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities, and concerns.

Harcourt logoHarcourt Assessment
Harcourt Assessment provides innovative, standards-based assessment solutions – both online and on paper – that guide instruction, monitor progress, improve student learning and help educators meet No Child Left Behind and Reading First requirements.

Kaplan logoKaplan 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.

Measured Progress logo Measured Progress
"not-for-profit, all for kids."
It’s all about student learning. Period.
Customized, integrated, full-service assessment, professional development, and instructional support for state and local educators.

Plato logo 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.

TI logoTexas Instruments
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.



AYPF ($10,000)

Located in Washington, DC, AYPF provides policymakers and their senior aides with information and experiences useful in the development of an effective youth education, training and transition-to-employment system for the United States (including formal and informal learning opportunities, internships, national community service, and other experience-based learning methodologies). AYPF does this by bringing leading policymakers, researchers and youth-serving practitioners into dialogue with a bipartisan group of senior Congressional aides, Executive Branch leaders, state offices located in Washington, DC and their counterparts in national associations focused on the education of youth and career development.

HP logoHP ($15,000)
Technology Solutions to Stay Ahead of the Curve
For educators using the power of HP technology to improve learning – and all the processes that support it – it’s all part of the school day. In fact, students can now enjoy educational opportunities they’ve never had before. HP’s Managed Learning Solutions, a comprehensive portfolio of HP and third-party solutions for education, are making these opportunities possible as educators around the world strive to raise the quality of education.
HP has one of the broadest ranges of technology solutions and services available to the education community. We can help you to optimize your IT investment with an infrastructure that is ready for the future, helping provide you with greater cost-savings and productivity. HP Managed Learning Solutions enable new approaches that make learning environments more personalized, innovative and engaging. For more information about HP’s education program, please visit our web site at

The Wallace Foundation logoThe Wallace Foundation ($15,000)
The Wallace Foundation seeks to support and share effective ideas and practices that expand learning and enrichment opportunities for all people.
Its three current objectives are:

  • Strengthen education leadership to improve student achievement
  • Improve out-of-school learning opportunities
  • Expand participation in arts and culture

For more information and research on these and other related topics, please visit the foundation’s Knowledge Center at

Lexile logoLexile ($10,000)
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..

NEA logoNational Education Association ($10,000)
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.

Standard and Poors logoStandard & Poor's School Evaluation Services ($10,000) provides searchable information about public schools throughout the nation, including student achievement data, financial information, demographic breakdowns, tax base details and much more., is a free public service sponsored by the National Education Data Partnership, a collaboration among the Council of Chief State School Officers, Standard & Poor's School Evaluation Services and the CELT Corporation, whose mission it is to provide education stakeholders with information and analytical resources that will help them use education data to help guide sound decisionmaking and prudent policy reforms. The National Education Data Partnership is generously funded by The Broad Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

IBM logoIBM ($5,000)
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.<br>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 and is a leader in exploring the use of open standard in education to help control costs and create efficiencies in technology and operations.
MGT logoMGT of America ($5,000)
MGT of America is one of the nation's premier education consulting firms. For over 30 years, we have created effective solutions for public-sector clients who seek to improve the quality of education through comprehensive evaluation, research and planning strategies. Our Pre-K-20 customers at the federal and state levels and at local education agencies have found solutions through MGT services, which include program evaluation, management and organizational reviews, funding and resource studies, school improvement planning, facilities assessment, and human resources consulting. MGT also has assisted with implementation and evaluation of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Over the last 10 years, MGT data has assisted numerous states improve the implementation and impact of their state and federally funded programs; school systems of all sizes nationwide saved over $1 billion that were redirected to the classroom; colleges and universities became more efficient and effective; and millions of teachers, administrators and parents are supported through eSUITE, our online tools. Learn more about MGT of America, Inc. at
State Farm logoState Farm Companies Foundation ($5,000)
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.


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