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Professional Associations & Other Organizations
Achieve, Inc.: Created in 1996 by the nation's governors and corporate leaders, Achieve is an independent, bipartisan, non-profit education reform organization based in Washington, D.C. that helps states raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments and strengthen accountability. In 2006, Achieve was named by Education Week as one of the most influential education groups in the nation.
Alliance for Excellent Education: The Alliance for Excellent Education is a national policy and advocacy organization that works to make every child a high school graduate - to prepare them for college, work, and to be contributing members of society. Founded in 2001, the Alliance focuses on America's six million most at-risk secondary school students - those in the lowest achievement quartile - who are most likely to leave school without a diploma or to graduate unprepared for a productive future.
Alliance for School Choice: The Alliance works closely with our state allies to promote the important cause of educational freedom. Thanks to the hard work of parents throughout the country, the school choice movement and the Alliance are stronger than ever before.
The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research is a private, nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics, and social welfare. Founded in 1943, AEI is home to some of America's most accomplished public policy experts--from economics, law, political science, defense and foreign policy studies, ethics, theology, medicine, and other fields.
American Legislative Exchange Council: The mission of the American Legislative Exchange Council is to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty, through a nonpartisan public-private partnership of America's state legislators, members of the private sector, the federal government, and general public.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Our belief that every life has equal value is at the core of our work at the foundation. We follow 15 guiding principles , which help define our approach to our philanthropic work, and employ an outstanding leadership team to direct our strategies and grantmaking.
Brain Track College and University Directory: is a directory of the world's universities and colleges. It indexes and contains information about universities, polytechnics, colleges and other higher educational institutions from over 190 countries.
Broad Foundation: The Mission of The Broad Foundations: Transforming K-12 urban public education through better governance, management, labor relations and competition; Making significant contributions to advance major scientific and medical research; Fostering public appreciation of contemporary art by increasing access for audiences worldwide; Leading and contributing to major civic projects in Los Angeles.
Brookings Institution: The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals: Strengthen American democracy; Foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans and Secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system.
Building Excellent Schools: Building Excellent Schools is guided by a set of core beliefs in its pursuit of excellent urban charter schools. BES believes that the greatest value for urban communities, desperately in need of strong educational options for their children, should be determined by student academic performance. School safety is critical, but it is not enough. Parental satisfaction is important, but it is not the bellwether of exemplary education. The most important question to ask in striving for academic excellence is: "How are students performing?"
Center on Education Policy (CEP): CEP is a national, independent advocate for public education and for more effective public schools. The CEP helps Americans better understand the role of public education in a democracy and the need to improve the academic quality of public schools.
Center for American Progress: The Center for American Progress is a think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action. We combine bold policy ideas with a modern communications platform to help shape the national debate, expose the hollowness of conservative governing philosophy, and challenge the media to cover the issues that truly matter.
Center for Education Reform: The Center for Education Reform drives the creation of better educational opportunities for all children by leading parents, policymakers and the media in boldly advocating for school choice, advancing the charter school movement, and challenging the education establishment. Through its storehouse of data and unique insights into American communities, CER uses information to turn parents into activists, policymakers into advocates, and educators into reform leaders.
Center on Reinventing Public Education: The Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) was founded in 1993 at the University of Washington. CRPE engages in independent research and policy analysis on a range of K-12 public education reform issues, including choice & charters, finance & productivity, teachers, urban district reform, leadership, and state & federal reform.
Citizens Commission On Civil Rights: The Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights is a bipartisan organization established in 1982 to monitor the civil rights policies and practices of the federal government. Its work is grounded in the belief that the civil rights agenda benefits the entire country, not just particular interest groups. For the nation to remain strong, we must continue to struggle together to fight bias and invidious discrimination, to promote equality of opportunity in education, employment, and housing, to promote political and economic empowerment and to guarantee equal treatment in the administration of justice. Achieving these goals depends upon vigorous civil rights enforcement as a duty and obligation of the federal government.
CollegeBoard: The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity.
Common Core: We believe that a child who graduates from high school without an understanding of culture, the arts, history, literature, civics, and language has in fact been left behind. So to improve education in America, we're promoting programs, policies, and initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels that provide students with challenging, rigorous instruction in the full range of liberal arts and sciences.
CoolCite: is a CV based academic portal. It aims to support researchers and allow the sharing of ideas while supporting collaborations with peers. Users can access updated and relevant information for conducting innovative research. The portal supplies links to scientific associations, departments, disciplines and various forms of publications.
Core Knowledge Foundation: Dedicated to excellence and fairness in early education, the Core Knowledge Foundation is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in 1986 by E. D. Hirsch, Jr. , professor emeritus at the University of Virginia and author of many acclaimed books including Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know and The Schools We Need and Why We Don't Have Them. The Foundation conducts research on curricula, develops books and other materials for parents and teachers, offers workshops for teachers, and serves as the hub of a growing network of Core Knowledge schools.
Council of Chief State School Officers: The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions.
Data Quality Campaign: A national, collaborative effort to encourage and support state policymakers to improve the collection, availability and use of high-quality education data and to implement state longitudinal data systems to improve student achievement. The campaign aims to provide tools and resources that will assist state development of quality longitudinal data systems, while providing a national forum for reducing duplication of effort and promoting greater coordination and consensus among the organizations focusing on improving data quality, access and use.
Democrats for Education Reform: Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) is a New York City-based political action committee whose mission is to encourage a more productive dialogue within the Democratic Party on the need to fundamentally reform American public education. DFER operates on all levels of government to educate elected officials and support reform-minded candidates for public office.
Directory of Open Access Scholarly Journals in Education: The Education Research Global Observatory maintains a complete and current directory of open access peer-reviewed journals in education.
Economic Diversity of Colleges: the first publicly available source of campus-level data on student income, race and ethnicity, and student loan usage that can be compared over time and across institutions.
EdResearch Online: EdResearch Online is a database of over 23500 articles from more than 200 Australian education journals. These records are from the Australian Education Index.
Education Commission of the States: ECS is the only nationwide interstate compact devoted to education. Our Web site is the nation's most extensive online resource for education policy. Please see our User's Guide for a more detailed explanation on how to use our site, or a complete A-Z listing for a list of all the issues.
Education Sector: Education Sector is an independent think tank that challenges conventional thinking in education policy. We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to achieving measurable impact in education policy, both by improving existing reform initiatives and by developing new, innovative solutions to our nation's most pressing education problems. The ultimate beneficiaries of our work are students. Our mission is to promote changes in policy and practice that lead to improved student opportunities and outcomes.
Education Trust: The Education Trust advances its mission along several fronts, from raising its voice in national and state policy debates to helping teachers improve instruction in their classrooms. Regardless of where it occurs, our work maintains a relentless focus on improving the education of all students, and particularly those students whom the system has traditionally left behind.
Education|Evolving: Education|Evolving is a kind of 'design shop'; based in Minnesota but with people in other states, working nationally to help public education with the difficult process of change. Initially we were involved mainly with states on the architecture of the K-12 system. More recently we have been involved increasingly in the redesign of schooling. We are individuals with some experience in public life: in public affairs, in politics, in K-12 and higher education specifically both in Minnesota and elsewhere in the country. We work in a kind of virtual organization, through the magic of modern communications.
EducationLine: Education-line is a freely accessible database of the full text of conference papers, working papers and electronic literature which supports educational research, policy and practice.
ERIC: ERIC provides free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text. ERIC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
Friedman Foundation: The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, a non-profit organization established in 1996, was founded upon the ideals and theories of Nobel Laureate economist Milton Friedman and economist Rose D. Friedman.
Global Social Change Research Project: This site has the World Social Change reports that reviews of major world economic, demographic, social, and political changes and data used to develop the reviews, and a review of theories of change. Recently the site added presentations about global population, economics and other topics.
Gotham Schools: a highly informative blog from about New York City public schools run by Aaron Pallas who is Professor of Sociology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has also taught at Johns Hopkins University, Michigan State University, and Northwestern University, and served as a statistician at the National Center for Education Statistics in the U.S. Department of Education.
GreatSchools.net: Mission is to inspire parents to be involved in their children's education.
Higher Education Research Institute: The Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) serves as an interdisciplinary center for research, evaluation, information, policy studies, and research training in postsecondary education. HERI is housed in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS)at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
International Bureau of Education: World Data on Education: First published as a CD-ROM in 1996, the database World Data on Education has regularly been improved and expanded using the information included in the National Reports on the Development of Education, supplemented with data from other sources.
Intute: Social Sciences: Welcome to the Social Sciences pages of Intute. We are a free online service providing you with access to the very best Web resources for education and research, evaluated and selected by a network of subject specialists.
Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST): The School of Knowledge Science is the world's first research and education institute established under the theme of knowledge. We investigate knowledge formation and communication processes in organizations from the perspective of the social sciences, investigate group decision-making processes from the perspective of the cognitive sciences to establish information systems that support the creation of knowledge including groupware, and attempt to clarify the nature of knowledge through research on complex systems and genetic information.
National Academy Press: The National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the National Academies to publish the reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council, all operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States. The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health, capturing the most authoritative views on important issues in science and health policy.
National Association of Charter School Authorizers: The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) is a professional organization of authorizers and other education leaders who work to achieve quality public charter schools.
National Association of State Directors of Special Education: Welcome to the NASDSE website. For 70 years, NASDSE has been providing dedicated leadership to continuously improve educational services and outcomes for students with disabilities in the states and federal territories. Focusing on aligned policies and practices to improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities is critical to ensure their full participation and contribution in education, employment and society.
National Center for Education Statistics: The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences, is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education: NCATE was founded in 1954. Five groups were instrumental in the creation of NCATE: the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), the National Education Association (NEA), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and the National School Boards Association (NSBA).
National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges: The National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges is an affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The council provides a forum for the exchange of information about developments, trends, and problems in state systems of community colleges.
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools: Through its diverse board and broadly representative committees, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools develops sound, coherent policies that support high-quality public education options for families who need them the most. Key priorities include lifting arbitrary "caps" on charter growth, closing the finance gap between charters and other public schools, and updating the federal Charter Schools Program to spur a new era of charter achievement.
National Charter School Research Project: The National Charter School Research Project (NCSRP) aims to bring rigor, evidence, and balance to the national charter school debate. Our goals are to 1) facilitate the fair assessment of the value-added effects of U.S. charter schools, and 2) provide the charter school and broader public education communities with research and information for ongoing improvement.
National Council on Teacher Quality: The National Council on Teacher Quality advocates for reforms in a broad range of teacher policies at the federal, state, and local levels in order to increase the number of effective teachers. In particular we recognize the absence of much of the evidence necessary to make a compelling case for change and seek to fill that void with a research agenda that has direct and practical implications for policy.
National Education Writers Association: The Education Writers Association (EWA) is the national professional organization of education reporters. EWA was organized in 1947 by a group of newspaper reporters with the intent of improving education reporting to the public.
National Governors Association: Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation's governors and one of Washington, D.C.'s, most respected public policy organizations. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing policy reports on innovative state programs and hosting networking seminars for state government executive branch officials.
National Institute for Excellence in Teaching: The research is clear that a talented teacher is the most important school-based factor influencing student achievement. The importance of good teachers to student achievement is a driving force behind legislative action to support improvements in teacher quality.
National Longitudinal School-Level State Assessment Score Database (NLSLSASD): is funded by the US Department of Education to collect and refine data from state testing programs across the country. The database contains assessment scores for approximately 90,000 public schools in the U.S. up to 2005. This site is designed for easy retrieval of the data and supporting documentation. The navigation bar to the left allows for direct access to the data files, documentation and reports.
New York Times Learning Network: The New York Times Learning Network is a free service for students in grades 3-12, their teachers and parents. The site is updated Monday through Friday throughout the year.
New Leaders for New Schools: Since its inception in 2000, New Leaders for New Schools has attracted, prepared, and supported outstanding individuals to become the next generation of school leaders in response to the immense need for exceptional principals in our nation's urban public schools.
New Schools Venture Fund: NewSchools is focused on transforming public education -- particularly for low-income and minority children in urban communities, who need and deserve better schools.
Online RAND Research Documents: Education: RAND's research is commissioned by a wide range of sources. Federal, state, and local government agencies provide the largest share of the funding; however, RAND also conducts projects for foundations, foreign governments, and private-sector firms.
Progressive Policy Institute: PPI's mission is to define and promote a new progressive politics for America in the 21st century. Through its research, policies, and perspectives, the Institute is fashioning a new governing philosophy and an agenda for public innovation geared to the Information Age.
Public Education Network (PEN): is a national association of local education funds (LEFs) and individuals working to advance public school reform in low-income communities across our country. PEN believes an active, vocal constituency is the key to ensuring that every child, in every community, benefits from a quality public education.
Public Library of Science: PLoS is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.
Public Agenda: For over 30 years, Public Agenda has been providing unbiased and unparalleled research that bridges the gap between American leaders and what the public really thinks about issues ranging from education to foreign policy to immigration to religion and civility in American life. Nonpartisan and nonprofit, Public Agenda was founded by social scientist and author Daniel Yankelovich and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance in 1975.
Public Impact: Public Impact is a national education policy and management consulting firm based in Chapel Hill, N.C. We are a small, growing team of researchers, thought leaders, tool-builders, and on-the-ground consultants who help education leaders and policymakers improve student learning in K-12 education.
Research Methods Knowledge Base: The Research Methods Knowledge Base is a comprehensive web-based textbook that addresses all of the topics in a typical introductory undergraduate or graduate course in social research methods.
Research Papers in Economics: RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) is a collaborative effort of hundreds of volunteers in 63 countries to enhance the dissemination of research in economics. The heart of the project is a decentralized database of working papers, journal articles and software components. All RePEc material is freely available.
Research Engines for the Social Sciences: Hundreds of links to various social science web pages.
Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography: The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography (SEPB) was published by the University of Houston Libraries from 1996 to 2006. The current version of SEPB is available at the author's Web site.
School District Demographics System: query Census' school district demographic information.
Scirus: With over 450 million scientific items indexed at last count, it allows researchers to search for not only journal content but also scientists' homepages, courseware, pre-print server material, patents and institutional repository and website information.
Scout Report Archives: The Scout Report Archives is a searchable and browseable database to over nine years' worth of the Scout Report and subject-specific Scout Reports.
Social Science Information Gateway: SOSIG is an online catalogue of high quality Internet resources. The catalogue offers users the chance to read descriptions of resources available over the Internet and to access these resources direct. SOSIG points to hundreds of resources, and each one has been selected and described by a librarian or academic, making this the Internet equivalent of an academic research library for the social sciences.
SocioSite: The SocioSite is a project based at the faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. We present the resources and information that are important for the international sociological scene. It links students of sociology to many interesting, sociologically relevant locations in cyberspace. The SocioSite is a comprehensive information system which is very easy to use. That is why it has become a very popular yellow guide for social scientists from all over the world. The SocioSite is a toolkit for us social scientists. It contains high quality resources and texts that can be used as wheels for the sociological mind.
Teach for America: Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates and professionals of all academic majors and career interests who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity. Learn more about our mission and theory of change.
Test Reviews Online: Test reviews from the Buros Institute.
The Education Optimists: "Through our twin perspectives as a professor of education and a director of education policy, we seek to draw attention to the power of society, schools, colleges and educators to empower individuals, further learning, and reduce inequities ... and have a little fun along the way."
The New Teacher Project: The New Teacher Project (TNTP) is a national nonprofit dedicated to closing the achievement gap by ensuring that high-need students get outstanding teachers. Founded by teachers in 1997, TNTP partners with school districts and states to implement scalable responses to their most acute teacher quality challenges.
The SocioWeb: The SocioWeb is an independent guide to the Sociological resources available on the Internet and is founded in the belief that the Internet can help to unite the sociological community in ways never before possible.
Thomas B. Fordham Institute: The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, based in Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation. We are often asked why there are two organizations, and what's the difference between the Institute and the Foundation. In 2007, the Foundation became a "supporting organization" (in IRS terminology) of the Institute. As a result, the Institute is becoming the public face of nearly all that Fordham does, while the Foundation uses its modest endowment primarily to support the Institute's work, supplemented by generous support from other funders. In short, the Foundation helps make possible the work of the Institute.
UNESCO Official Information Sources on Education: UNESCO's Education Sector comprises some 400 staff members worldwide. They are based at UNESCO's headquarters in Paris, in field offices and UNESCO's institutes and centres specialized in education.
What Works Clearinghouse: The What Works Clearinghouse was established in 2002 by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to provide educators, policymakers, researchers, and the public with a central and trusted source of scientific evidence of what works in education.
White House Issues: Education: The purpose of this service is to provide easy access to current Federal social statistics. It provides links to information produced by a number of Federal agencies. All of the information included in the Social Statistics Briefing Room is maintained and updated by the statistical units of those agencies. All the estimates for the indicators presented in the Federal Statistics Briefing Rooms are the most currently available values.
World Bank: Education: Education is central to development and a key to attaining the Millennium Development Goals. It is one of the most powerful instruments for reducing poverty and inequality and lays a foundation for sustained economic growth
WorldCat: WorldCat.org lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. WorldCat grows every day thanks to the efforts of librarians and other information professionals.
Data & Statistics
AIR Lighthouse - Building International Comparisons Tables: Developed by the American Institutes for Research (AIR), AIR Lighthouse empowers the users to ask their own questions of complex datasets without specialized research or statistical skills.
American FactFinder is a web tool to help you find data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The data in American FactFinder comes from several censuses and surveys.
Build-a-Table Tool: Create customized tables using data from multiple years collected from five CCD surveys and a Census Special Tabulationâ€”from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
FedStats: the gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies.
Global Education Database: This site is sponsored by the Office of Education of the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The GED is a repository of international education statistics compiled from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS).
Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) data tools: Compares and analyzes postsecondary data with sophisticated data tools.
The Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS-USA) consists of more than fifty high-precision samples of the American population drawn from fifteen federal censuses and from the American Community Surveys of 2000-2010.
The International Data Explorer (IDE): With the International Data Explorer (IDE) you can create statistical tables and charts to help you find answers. Explore student performance in reading, mathematics, and science, as well as contextual data including student demographics, instructional experiences, and school characteristics.
Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR): is an active partner in social science research and instruction throughout the world. ICPSR's unique combination of data resources, user support, and training in quantitative methods make it a vital resource for fostering inquiry and furthering the social sciences. ICPSR maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction available upon membership.
NAEP Data Explorer: provides national and state results in 8 subject areas, including mathematics, reading, writing, and science.
The National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) are a set of surveys designed to gather information at multiple points in time on the labor market activities and other significant life events of several groups of men and women. For more than 4 decades, NLS data have served as an important tool for economists, sociologists, and other researchers.
NCES School Search Tools: Search and query for information on colleges, school districts, public schools, private schools, and public libraries.
NCES Survey and Program Areas: This site offers links to the program areas for data downloads and information.
StatFinder (Phase II): provides public access to detailed data on undergraduate admissions and enrollment at the University of California.