How is ECS different? We’ve created an infographic that tells the story by showcasing our work in 2013.
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, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, 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 2013-15 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 Partner.
Please contact ECS President Jeremy Anderson at 303.299.3624 for more information.
ECS would like to thank the following partners for their support:
The GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of GE, is committed to building a world that works better. We empower people by helping them build the skills they need to succeed in a global economy. We equip communities with the technology and capacity to improve access to better health and education. We elevate ideas that are tackling the world’s toughest challenges to advance economic development and improve lives. The GE Foundation is powered by the generosity and talent of our employees, who have a strong commitment to their communities. We are at work making the world work better. Follow the GE Foundation at www.gefoundation.com and on Twitter at @GE_Foundation.
USA Funds® is a nonprofit corporation that works to enhance student success in postsecondary education and following graduation. Established in 1960 to help families finance rising college costs, USA Funds has supported a total of $247 billion in financial aid for higher education and has served more than 22 million students and parents, as well as thousands of educational and financial institutions. USA Funds provides grants to support initiatives that improve student access to and success in higher education, and serves colleges and universities with a financial literacy and academic success curriculum for college students, debt management and default prevention consultation and support, training for financial aid administrators, and student aid policy compliance assistance. For more information, please visit www.usafunds.org.
ACT is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides assessment, research, information, and program management services in the broad areas of education and workforce development. Each year, ACT serves millions of people in high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies, nationally and internationally. Though designed to meet a wide array of needs, all ACT programs and services have one guiding purpose — helping people achieve education and workplace success. For more information, please visit www.act.org.
Alliance for Early Success
The Alliance for Early Success is a catalyst for bringing state, national, and funding partners together to improve state policy for children birth through age eight. We want effective advocacy and policies that lead to improved health, family supports, and learning for young children most at risk for poor outcomes. The Alliance creates and enhances partnerships by convening leaders in innovative ways. We operate through pooled and aligned funding with investors who believe working together gets better and faster results. Our partners and investments in advocacy, policymaker leadership, and research are guided by our Birth Through Eight State Policy Framework. For more information, please visit: earlysuccess.org.
Amplify is reimagining the way teachers teach and students learn. We enable teachers to manage whole classrooms and, at the same time, empower them to offer more personalized instruction so that students become more active, engaged learners. Our digital products are leading the way in data-driven instruction. For more information, please visit www.amplify.com.
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. In 2014, more than $126.9 million was contributed or directed through corporate-, employee-, social investment- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature education initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism and mentoring. For more information, please visit www.att.com.
College Board is a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of more than 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions. For more information, visit www.collegeboard.org.
Inspired by the great work done by teachers every day, Farmers Insurance created the Thank America’s Teachers initiative to say thank you to teachers across the country and give away more than $1,000,000 in grant funding in the process. Every one of us has a teacher who has made a difference in our life and now we can make a difference in theirs by sending a heartfelt thank you note and voting for teachers at ThankAmericasTeachers.com, powered by Farmers Insurance.
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA)
The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) is committed to advancing excellence and accountability in the charter school sector and to increasing the number of high-quality charter schools across the nation. NACSA provides training, consulting, and policy guidance to authorizers. For more information, please visit www.qualitycharters.org.
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, providing educational materials and services to learners of all ages around the globe. For more information, please visit www.pearsoned.com.
Renaissance Learning Renaissance Learning™ is a leading provider of cloud-based K12 assessment and learning analytics with a presence in more than 60 countries around the world. By delivering deep insight into what students know, what they like, and how they learn, Renaissance Learning enables educators to differentiate instruction and personalize practice daily. Please visit www.renaissance.com.
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children's media. Scholastic creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multimedia and other products that help children learn both at school and at home. The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, on-air and online at www.scholastic.com.
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.
BloomBoard is an online growth development platform that enables educators and organizations to understand some of their most pressing questions: How can we pinpoint the areas where we are excelling, as well as the areas requiring improvement? How can we save time and focus on creating learning paths to support individual and organizational growth? What resources are available to help us rapidly improve without exhausting our budget? Using BloomBoard, schools and districts are able to collect and analyze educator effectiveness data, provide targeted feedback and support, and enable educators to create personalized learning roadmaps. Most importantly, educators will access a rich marketplace of professional development resources to support growth, improve instruction, and student learning.
For more information, visit schools.bloomboard.com.
Burns & McDonnell has provided engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions, but our vision — since our founding in 1898 — has always been to improve the quality of life. We focus on work that matters, every day. From reliable power to clean water, safe transportation to efficient manufacturing, our mission is to make our clients successful. As a 100% employee-owned firm, we envision our future and seek to support inspiration and ingenuity. Our foundation’s guiding principles emphasize the importance of investing in STEM education — science, technology, engineering and math. For more information, please visit www.burnsmcd.com.
At 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 postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC ® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series® assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. For more information, visit www.ets.org.
HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. With the broadest technology portfolio spanning printing, personal systems, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP delivers solutions for customers’ most complex challenges in every region of the world. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at www.hp.com.
MetaMetrics® is focused on improving education for students of all ages. The organization 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 complexity. For more information, please visit www.lexile.com and www.quantiles.com.
Measured Progress For over three decades, Measured Progress has worked with most states, hundreds of districts, thousands of teachers, and millions of students through assessment programs that go far beyond filling in the bubbles. At Measured Progress, assessment is more than just a score; it’s a roadmap that guides educators to adjust instruction and improve outcomes for students and teachers alike. For more information, please visit www.measuredprogress.org.
Milken Family Foundation
Since 1982, the Milken Family Foundation (MFF) has been at the vanguard of education reform. Whether creating the Milken Educator Awards to elevate the teaching profession; underscoring the importance of early childhood education; researching the effective use of education technology; or developing TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement (now managed by the affiliated National Institute for Excellence in Teaching) to provide powerful opportunities for career advancement, professional growth, teacher accountability and competitive compensation, MFF works to ensure that every student in America is afforded a high-quality educational experience. Please visit www.mff.org.
SAS SAS Institute is a leader in advanced analytics for K-12 solutions. Using SAS, administrators can consolidate, report and analyze data to make proactive, data-driven decisions and determine probable future outcomes. SAS EVAAS for K-12 is the most comprehensive reporting package of student growth metrics available. SAS Curriculum Pathways philanthropically delivers over 1,000 of web-based curriculum supplements in all of the core disciplines, which are aligned to each state’s standards and the Common Core State Standards. Please visit www.sas.com.