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Achieve, Inc.
Created by the nation's governors and business leaders in 1996, Achieve, Inc., is a bipartisan, non-profit organization that helps states raise academic standards, improve assessments and strengthen accountability to prepare all young people for postsecondary education, work and citizenship. Through the American Diploma Project (ADP), Achieve has developed benchmark standards that describe the specific math and English skills high school graduates must have if they are to succeed in postsecondary education and high-performance jobs.

Arts Education Partnership
Arts Education Partnership (AEP) is a national coalition of more than 100 education, arts, business, cultural, government, and philanthropic organizations providing research and policy information about arts education. In 1995, AEP was established through an interagency agreement between the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education. The Council of Chief State School Officers administers AEP with the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.

Center on Education Policy (CEP)
The Center on Education Policy (CEP) is a national, independent advocate for public education and public schools. CEP publishes a range of publications, including an annual report on high school exit exams, featuring state profiles and policies.

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
The Council of Chief State School Officers is a non-profit organization of the 57 public officials who head departments of public education in the states, the outlying areas, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Department of Defense Dependents Schools. The primary goal of the Councilís work with education indicators is to assist national, state, and local policymakers and leaders in making informed decisions. The policies included in the Key State Education Policies on K-12 Education report are based on the work of Council staff and users in states.

Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (DoL) fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements.

Education Commission of the States (ECS)
The Education Commission of the States is an interstate compact created in 1965 to improve public education by facilitating the exchange of information, ideas and experiences among state policymakers and education leaders. ECS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization involving key leaders from all levels of the education system. StateNotes, a publication of the ECS Clearinghouse, includes a wide array of education issues.

Education Week
Education Week is a publication of Editorial Projects in Education Inc., a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization whose publications cover local, state, and national education news and issues. Education Weekís annual Quality Counts report includes state-level data tables on a variety of education policies and performance indicators.

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (The Alliance) is a national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement. The Alliance works at the federal, state and national levels to provide assistance to state charter school associations and resource centers, and develop improved public policies.

National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC)
The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) is the organization that represents professional standards boards, commissions and state departments of education that are responsible for the preparation, licensure, and discipline of educational personnel. NASDTEC serves as a clearinghouse on teacher discipline, and promotes high standards for educators, comprehensive personnel screening, and teacher mobility across state lines.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education
The National Center for Education Statistics is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States and other nations. The NCES publication, Digest of Education Statistics, includes a selection of data from many sources, both government and private, and draws especially on the results of surveys and activities carried out by various NCES program areas.

National Governors Association
Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is a bipartisan public policy organization of the nationís governors. Its members are the governors of the 50 states, three territories and two commonwealths. NGA promotes state leadership and shares best practices. Through NGA, governors identify priority issues and deal collectively with matters of public policy and governance at the state and national levels.

U.S.Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education is the agency of the federal government that establishes policy for, administers, and coordinates most federal assistance to education. The mission of the Department of Education is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

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