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ECS would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the 2008 National Forum on Education Policy:

(click on the logos to visit each organization's website.)

Pearson logo Pearson Education
Pearson Education is the global leader in educational publishing, providing scientifically research-based print and digital programs to help students and their teachers achieve success.
The College Board
College Board logoThe 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 5,200 schools, colleges, universities and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves seven 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.
The Lexile Framework for Reading/metametrics
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. Quantiles measure student mathematical achievement and concept/application solvability. The Quantile Framework represents a student’s ability to think mathematically in a taxonomy of math skills, concepts and applications. The Quantile strands — geometry, measurement, numbers and operations, algebra/patterns and functions, and data analysis and probability — integrate and align with the strands described by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
ETS logo Educational Testing Service
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’ employees produce and administer nearly 50 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.
Measured Progress
Measured Progress logoIt’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.
National Education Association (NEA)N E A
The National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA’s 3.2 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.
Houston Endowmenthouston endowment
The Houston Endowment is a private philanthropic foundation that improves lives for people of the greater Houston area through its contributions to charitable organizations and educational institutions.
Raise Your Hand TexasRaise your hands texas
Raise Your Hand Texas is a bipartisan group of business and community leaders, parents and tax payers dedicated to strengthening and improving our public schools. In short, we are people just like you. People who believe we can and will make a difference by focusing on the following three points of action: Celebrate the outstanding work done by Texas teachers,administrators and students each and every day; defend our public schools against criticism that is unfair or inaccurate; and strengthen our public schools by seeking additional state resources and making commonsense suggestions that will help provide a safe and effective learning environment for all Texas children.
Texas High School ProjectTexas high school project
A unique public-private alliance, the Texas High School Project (THSP) is dedicated to ensuring that all Texas students graduate high school ready for college and career success and prepared to be contributing members of the community. The THSP focuses its efforts on high-need schools and districts statewide, with an emphasis on urban areas and the Texas-Mexico border.
ENAEducation Networks of America (ENA)
ENA is a leading managed Internet service provider that delivers managed network and communication services for school systems, libraries, and governments. ENA designed and deployed one of the first statewide K-12 networks in the U.S. connecting all schools and school districts in the state of Tennessee. ENA currently manages multiple statewide and regional education and library networks serving hundreds of school districts and library branches. ENA’s proven approach to connectivity, voice and network solutions capitalizes on the combined strengths of our expertise, resources and partners to offer speed, reliability, scalability, best-of-breed technologies and continuous network upgrades to our customers. Our solutions increase access to online information, facilitate collaboration, increase productivity and decrease the costs of information management — all while assisting in making education personalized, equitable, relevant and cost-effective for every student. Empowered by their networks, our customers can focus on what matters most: preparing students to succeed in school, work and life in the 21st century. For more information, please visit
Texas Business and Education CoalitionTexas business coalition
The Texas Business and Education Coalition mission is “to create the most educated, competitive, well-rounded workforce in the world.” TBEC is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) corporation formed in 1989 to bring business and education leaders together in a long-term effort to improve the performance of Texas public school students. TBEC supported the establishment of a state educational accountability system and has been heavily involved in the establishment of student learning standards. Many of TBEC’s educational reform initiatives have now been institutionalized and are accepted as necessary policy components of public education in our state. TBEC is pleased to support the 2008 ECS National Forum on Education Policy
KDK-Harman FoundationKDK-harmon
KDK-Harman Foundation is a family foundation that seeks to fund charitable organizations that align with its mission and vision. The motivation for the establishment of KDK-Harman was to promote a family tradition of commitment to philanthropic efforts and service to the Central Texas community. Their mission is to break the cycle of poverty through education while promoting a culture of giving excellence.
The Evaluation Systems group of PearsonES Pearson
The Evaluation Systems group of Pearson, formerly National Evaluation Systems (NES), offers a custom suite of testing services for creating and administering teacher certification tests that align with the teacher certification requirements and student academic standards of a specific state. We work with state education agencies to develop and administer customized teacher certification testing programs in more than 100 content fields, professional teaching skills and the basic skills of reading, writing, and mathematics. Our tests are administered by computer or on paper. Evaluation Systems has offices in Massachusetts, New York, Texas, Florida and California to provide services to state agencies across the country.

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