Under the leadership of our chair and executive committee, Education Commission of the States is committed to providing unbiased, factual information and resources to help policymakers make informed decisions to improve public education from early childhood to postsecondary.
We believe that systematic changes in education come from collaboration across all state education leaders, from both political parties, and the business community. The support of the business community is critical to strengthening Education Commission of the States’ ability to help state policymakers address their state’s education challenges in a strategic and collaborative way. Join Education Commission of the States, state policymakers and education leaders as we identify and promote strategies that will improve educational opportunities for all students by becoming a partner. For more information, please contact Matt Jordan at 303.299.3686 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education Commission of the States would like to thank the following partners for their support:
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure all people — especially those with the fewest resources — have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. For more information, please visit www.gatesfoundation.org.
Cognia has the knowledge to help schools improve. Cognia offers accreditation and certification, assessment, professional services and consulting within a framework of continuous improvement. The result of the merger of AdvancED and Measured Progress, Cognia was formed to bridge the gap between school evaluation and student assessment. As a global nonprofit working in over 80 countries, our 36,000 institutions serve and support nearly 25 million students and 5 million educators every day, Cognia is an undeniable force for enhancing schools, engaging students and driving better outcomes for all. Find out more at cognia.org.
Strada Education Network
Strada Education Network, formerly USA Funds, is a new kind of nonprofit organization that takes a fresh approach to improving the college-to-career connection. Through a unique combination of strategic philanthropy, research and insights, and innovative solutions, Strada Education Network advances Completion With a Purpose, building a more purposeful path for America’s students to rewarding careers and fulfilling lives. Learn more at www.stradaeducation.org and follow Strada Education on Twitter @StradaEducation.
The Wallace Foundation
The Wallace Foundation is a national philanthropy that seeks to improve learning and enrichment for disadvantaged children and foster the vitality of the arts for everyone. For more information, please visit www.wallacefoundation.org.
Walton Family Foundation
The philanthropic vision of Sam and Helen Walton has driven the work of the Walton Family Foundation for nearly three decades. Their legacy is more important than ever as we accelerate our efforts to improve K-12 education for all students in America, to protect our rivers and oceans and the communities they support, and to give back to the region that first gave the Waltons opportunity. Learn more at www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org or follow us on Twitter @waltonfamilyfdn.
ACT is an international, mission-driven, nonprofit organization providing high-quality assessments grounded in more than 50 years of research. The ACT® test is the most widely used U.S. college admissions test, taken in 2015 by 1.9 million high school seniors. Our ACT Aspire® assessment system measures student growth from grades 3 to 10 and links to the ACT to build a complete picture of college and career readiness. More than 3 million people have earned the ACT National Career Readiness CertificateTM — powered by ACT WorkKeys® — to demonstrate they have foundational workplace skills. Learn more at www.act.org.
American Institutes for Research
AIR is one of the world’s largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations. Our overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life. For us, making the world a better place is not wishful thinking. It is the goal that drives us. Learn more at www.air.org.
Data Recognition Corporation (DRC)
For decades, DRC has maintained a tradition of excellence in educational assessment publication, administration and reporting. DRC offers assessments for the pre-K, K–12 and adult education markets, across the U.S. and internationally. Their customers include state and national government agencies; public, private, and charter schools and districts; and other educational organizations. DRC serves millions of students and education professionals across the nation, and delivers assessments to more than 50,000 schools, districts and testing centers in all 50 states, three U.S. territories, the District of Columbia and international locations. Learn more at www.datarecognitioncorp.com.
National Institute for Excellence in Teaching
Recognizing that an effective teacher is the most important school-based factor impacting student achievement, the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching is committed to ensuring a highly skilled, strongly motivated and competitively compensated teacher for every classroom in America. NIET supports states, districts and schools in attracting, developing, supporting and retaining high-quality human capital in order to raise achievement levels for all students. Learn more at http://www.niet.org/.
NWEA™ is a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiency — and provide insights to help tailor instruction. For 40 years, NWEA has developed pre-K-12 assessments and professional learning offerings to help advance all students along their optimal learning paths. Our tools are trusted by educators in 140 countries and more than half the schools in the U.S. Learn more at www.nwea.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.
For more than 30 years, Texas Instruments has been an active member of classrooms around the world, empowering teachers and inspiring students to succeed in STEM. Through our award-winning products, engaging lessons and top-notch professional development, TI is transforming the way teachers teach and students learn STEM subjects. Learn more at www.education.ti.com.
The College Board
The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than 7 million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools. Learn more at www.collegeboard.org.
Founded in 2010, BloomBoard is leading the shift from professional development to educator advancement via micro-credentials. The company partners with states and districts to provide educators with competency-based opportunities for career growth and advancement that are linked to meaningful incentives. Through its unique micro-credential-based process, BloomBoard aims to help all organizations transition to meaningful, purpose-driven educator development and advancement that positively impacts teacher recruitment, retention and job satisfaction. For more information, visit bloomboard.com.
Edmentum provides research-based adaptive curriculum, assessments and practice items aligned to state standards and designed to engage all students. Edmentum’s powerful learning solutions blend technology with individual teaching approaches, and we are committed to making it easier for educators to individualize learning for every student.
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.
KnowledgeWorks is a social enterprise focused on ensuring that every student experiences meaningful personalized learning that allows them to thrive in college, career and civic life. By offering a portfolio of innovative education approaches and advancing aligned policies, KnowledgeWorks seeks to activate and develop the capacity of communities and educators to build and sustain vibrant learning ecosystems that allow each student to thrive. Learn more at www.knowledgeworks.org.
MetaMetrics® is an award-winning education technology organization that offers the only scientifically valid, universal scales for measuring reading and listening (Lexile®) as well as math (Quantile®). The Lexile and Quantile Frameworks measure student ability and the complexity of the content they encounter. Lexile and Quantile measures and related technologies link assessment to instruction and provide next steps for students of all ages and abilities. The measures also provide valuable insights about students’ potential for growth. MetaMetrics’ measures, products and services help achieve that growth. For 35 years, MetaMetrics’ work has been increasingly recognized for its research-based approach to improving learning. For more information, visit metametricsinc.com.
Project Lead The Way
Project Lead The Way provides transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. We create an engaging, hands-on classroom environment and empower students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills they need to thrive. We also provide teachers with the training, resources, and support they need to engage students in real-world learning. Learn more at www.pltw.org.
Renaissance Learning is a leading provider of cloud-based assessment and teaching and learning solutions that fit the K12 classroom, improve school performance and accelerate learning for all. Renaissance Learning enables educators to deliver highly differentiated and timely instruction while driving personalized student practice in reading, writing and math, every day. For more information, please visit www.renaissance.com.
Some educators see data as facts and figures. But it’s more than that. It’s the lifeblood of your schools. It contains history. And it can tell you something about the future. SAS helps you make sense of the data. As the leader in education analytics software and services, SAS transforms your data into insights that give you a fresh perspective on your students and schools. You can identify what’s working. Fix what isn’t. And discover new opportunities. Please visit sas.com/k12.
Teachers of Tomorrow
Teachers of Tomorrow is the largest teacher certification program in the country. What began as a small Texas program in 2005 has now expanded into Florida, Nevada, South Carolina, Indiana, Michigan, Arizona and North Carolina to help solve the teacher shortage by recruiting, training, certifying and placing over 50,000 mid-career professionals. The high-quality online program combined with field based mentors who support the candidates has achieved an outstanding 70 percent five year retention rate and student achievement on par with standard programs. Over 45 percent of program graduates are non-white providing much needed diversity into the teaching work force. www.teachersoftomorrow.org
Western Governors University is an online, nonprofit university founded in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors who saw advancement in technology as an opportunity to expand access to higher education by making it possible to study and learn independent of time and place. The university offers more than 60 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in key workforce areas, including business, information technology, K-12 teacher education and health professions, including nursing. WGU’s 96,000 students and 105,000 graduates reside in all 50 states. WGU’s nationally recognized Teachers College prepares students for licensure in all 50 states, and currently has more than 20,000 students enrolled. Visit www.wgu.edu to learn more.
Building Assets, Reducing Risks (BARR)
Building Assets, Reducing Risks (BARR) is a strengths-based model that provides schools with a comprehensive approach to meeting the academic, social and emotional needs of all students. Schools within the BARR Network harness the power of data and relationships to empower all students to thrive within and outside the classroom. Designed by an educator, the BARR model is rooted in the belief that growth is possible and within reach for every school, with the same students and the same teachers. Learn more at www.barrcenter.org.
Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates is a leading educational technology and publishing company with a mission to make classrooms better places for students and teachers. Its research-based, award-winning print and digital instruction and assessment products provide educators with the tools necessary to personalize learning for every student and help all students become college and career ready. Learn more at www.cainc.com.
Lexia Learning, A Rosetta Stone Company
Lexia Learning is committed to helping all students become proficient readers and confident learners. Lexia partners with K-12 educators to provide personalized instruction, actionable data and professional learning to promote student achievement. Learn more at: www.lexialearning.com.
Questar Assessment Inc. is a K-12 assessment solutions provider focused on building a bridge between learning and accountability. We take a fresh and innovative approach to meaningful assessment design, delivery, scoring, analysis and reporting. And we are reimagining how assessments can empower educators by
giving them the insights they need to improve instruction and fully prepare students for college or career. Our high-quality, reliable assessment products and services are easily scaled and tailored to meet the specific needs of states and districts at an unprecedented value. Educators trust our high-performing teams and dependable technology to minimize risks and ensure success for states, districts, schools and students. For more information, visit www.questarai.com.
Waterford.org founder Dr. Dustin Heuston, was a pioneering educator who believed every child is entitled to lifelong learning success. Over the years, Dr. Heuston built a collaborative model of child, family, and educator engagement that delivers significant and lasting academic achievement gains.
In 2009, that model was launched in Utah with Dr. Claudia Miner as Waterford UPSTART, a kindergarten readiness program serving 4-year-old children and their families. Waterford UPSTART delivers computer-adaptive instruction at home alongside personalized support from Family Education Liaisons, who monitor progress and empower parents.
Waterford.org serves over 300,000 children annually through at-home and in-school programs.