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Achieve is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization dedicated to working with states to raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability. Achieve has disbanded/shuttered and no longer has an active website.

Arts Education Partnership
Established in 1995 and now a policy center within the Education Commission of the States, the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) is dedicated to securing a high-quality arts education for every young person in America. 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. AEP serves partner organizations by providing priority access to research and creating opportunities for communication and collaboration between arts disciplines and across sectors on key education issues.

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 Council's 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.

Data Quality Campaign
The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization launched in 2005. DQC collaborates with organizations at the national, state, and local levels to increase public understanding of the value of education data, ensure timely access to information, and improve the capacity of and conditions for teachers and school leaders to use data.

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
Education Commission of the States serves as a partner to state policymakers. Through their programs and services, policymakers gain the insight and experience needed to create more effective education policies. Education Commission of the States researches and reports on education policies from early learning through postsecondary and workforce, and their staff members provide counsel on policy plans, consult on proposed legislation and testify at legislative hearings and interim committees.

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 Week's 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 nation's 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.

National Institute for Early Education Research
The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) conducts research on the status of early education access and quality, practices and policies, and public opinion. NIEER offers independent, research-based advice and technical assistance to policymakers, journalists, researchers, and educators. The annual State Preschool Yearbook profiles state-funded prekindergarten programs in the United States.

The Brookings Institution
The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Their mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.

The Regional Educational Laboratories
The Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) of the Institute of Education Sciences work in partnership with school districts, state departments of education, and others to use data and research to improve academic outcomes for students. Fundamentally, the mission of the RELs is to provide support for a more evidence-reliant education system.

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.