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ECS would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the 2009 National Forum on Education Policy:

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

ccaCorrections Corporation of America
CCA is the nation’s largest owner and operator of privatized correctional and detention facilities and one of the largest prison operators in the United States, behind only the federal government and three states. CCA currently operates 64 facilities, including 44 company-owned facilities, with a total design capacity of approximately 86,000 beds in 19 states and the District of Columbia. CCA specializes in owning, operating and managing prisons and other correctional facilities and providing inmate residential and prisoner transportation services for governmental agencies.

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.

Dell, Inc.dell
Dell Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, manufacture, marketing, sale, and support of computer systems and services worldwide. It offers desktop PCs and workstations; notebook computers; servers and networking products; and storage solutions, including storage area networks, network-attached storage, direct-attached storage, disk and tape backup systems, and removable disk backup.  In the Nashville area, more than 2,500 Dell employees serve customers in a multi-discipline Call Center, its East Coast Fulfillment Center, and a computer refurbishing and maintenance facility.

ETS logoEducational 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.

Jobs For The Futurejff
Through research, action, and advocacy, JFF develops promising education and labor-market models that enable American families and companies to compete in a global economy. Across the United States, in partnership with foundations and other national nonprofits, JFF improves the educational and workforce pipelines leading from high school to college to family-sustaining careers. Our initiatives take us to 206 communities in 41 states and the District of Columbia. For more information visit www.jff.org.

The Lexile Framework for Reading/Lexile
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).

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.
Pearson logoPearson 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.
tcsaTennessee Charter Schools Association
Founded in 1998, the Tennessee Charter Schools Association (TCSA) is an independent, non-profit and non-partisan organization committed to improving student achievement by supporting excellence, innovation, entrepreneurship and engagement in public education in Tennessee. In 2002, Tennessee became the 39th state to pass a Public Charter School Law. With the passage of the charter law, the role of the TCSA evolved into: 1) Providing knowledge, skills and expertise to the charter school community throughout the State of Tennessee; and 2) Increasing public awareness of the nature, purpose and benefits of public charter schools. There are currently 16 operating charter schools in the state of Tennessee, with 10 more approved for opening the fall of 2009. For more information, please visit: www.tncharterschools.org.

Tennessee Public and Teaching Hospital Association (TnPath)
TnPath Hospitals are located in Tennessee’s major metropolitan areas and care for citizens from all 95 counties. They serve a high volume of TennCare and charity patients and provide essential services not available at other facilities due to cost and complexity. TnPath hospitals also train the doctors, nurses and allied health personnel who provide health care services at our trauma centers, children hospitals and other essential health care facilities.

vanderbiltVanderbilt University
Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, education and human development, as well as a full range of graduate and professional degrees. The combination of cutting edge research, liberal arts and a distinguished medical center creates an invigorating atmosphere where students tailor their education to meet their goals and researchers collaborate to solve complex problems affecting our health, culture and society. Vanderbilt provides a gateway to greatness, drawing the best and brightest students from across the nation and around the world. An independent, privately supported university, Vanderbilt is the largest private employer in Middle Tennessee and the second largest private employer based in the state. For more information, please visit: www.vanderbilt.edu.

Worldwide Interactive Networkwin
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.







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