Corporate Partners

The Council's mission is to assist chief state school officers and their organizations in achieving the vision of an American education system that enables all children to succeed in school, work, and life. This mission cannot be met without forging new collaborations. In today's environment, success derives from working with and learning from diverse constituencies.

One such constituency is the business community. The Council has engaged this community by developing a corporate sponsorship program for interested partners, who have provided support for Council meetings throughout the year. To ensure appropriate representation, the Council offers tiered levels of partnerships. The tiered partnership approach provides businesses with a menu of options from which to choose and enables the Council to receive sponsorship support to operate its meetings, conferences, and forums.

These companies do not reflect actual CCSSO endorsements nor do their views necessarily reflect the official position of CCSSO.


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LEVEL I PARTNERS

AdvancED

The world's leader in accreditation and school improvement, AdvancED believes that students must be prepared to succeed in a constantly-evolving and diverse world and that educational institutions have a deep responsibility to deliver quality education to students from all walks of life.

We have been experts in accreditation and school improvement since 1895, and bring this 100+ years of experience and expertise through three US-based accreditation agencies - the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).

The AdvancED Accreditation Process, a protocol embraced around the world, is a clear and comprehensive program of evaluation and external review, supported by research-based standards, and dedicated to helping schools, school systems, and education providers continuously improve.
AdvancED is committed to sharing the knowledge and practice generated by schools throughout its global network to inform and influence practice on issues related to education quality.

Visit www.advanc-ed.org to learn more about AdvancED.

American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education and workforce productivity. Well-known for its groundbreaking work in student testing and performance assessment, AIR is a global leader in P-20 education research, evaluation, technical assistance, and policy. For more information, visit http://www.air.org/.

Blackboard

Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Data Recognition Corporation

Founded in 1978, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) delivers full-service, customized solutions for statewide assessment programs, including summative, interim/benchmark and formative assessments. The company’s DRC INSIGHT™ Online Learning System is a comprehensive assessment and reporting system that offers teachers a robust set of tools designed to assess performance, monitor growth and enhance instruction so that they can individually support students on their path of learning. For more information, visit www.datarecognitioncorp.com

ETS

At nonprofit ETS our mission is to advance quality and equity in education for all people worldwide. We help teachers teach, students learn, and parents measure the educational progress of their children. We do this by

  • Listening to educators, parents, and critics
  • Learning what students and their institutions need
  • Leading in the development of new and innovative products and services

ETS customizes solutions to meet the need for teacher professional development produ cts and services, classroom and end-of-course assessments, and research-based teaching and learning tools. Founded in 1947, ETS today develops, administers and scores more than 24 million tests annually in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.

 inBloom

inBloom Inc. is a nonprofit organization established to carry forward the mission of the Shared Learning Collaborative, which is to work to make personalized learning a reality for every U.S. student. inBloom provides technology services that allow states and public school districts to better integrate student data and learning applications to support sustainable, cost-effective personalized learning. For more information about inBloom, visit www.inbloom.org.

IQity

The IQity e-Learning Platform is a premier system of integrated tools that enable any national or regional educational organization, state education department, or school district to utilize a complete curriculum marketplace.Filled with standards-aligned learning objects and courses, the IQity Platform is an unparalleled education emporium. Curriculum directors, administrators, teachers, and all educators can browse quality courses from multiple providers and select those that meet the unique needs of their class, school, district, region or state.The IQity Platform provides multiple options and aspects available for each course selected with limitless combinations and tailoring. Choose thousands of selections to build a major program or just one to supplement a particular lesson plan.Once selected, educators add options that meet unique needs and specific aspects. Courses can be customized and tailored to the requirements of an entire school district, a particular classroom or an individual student.

McGraw-Hill Education

McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, is a leading global provider of instructional content, assessments, and teaching and learning solutions to help meet the needs and challenges of today’s students, educators, and professionals. Our technical innovations are changing the way people learn — and continue to learn — with e-books, online learning platforms and programs, and customized course and professional development websites. McGraw-Hill’s products reach beyond the classroom to prepare students for success in a rapidly changing global environment and a lifetime of learning.

Microsoft

US Partners in Learning Microsoft believes that every student has the right to a great education. Our mission is “simple” – albeit grand: to help students and educators throughout the world realize their full potential. We strive to achieve this mission through public/private partnerships designed to help.

  • Empower educators to engage students: We want to work with you to help teachers reach, motivate and ensure the success of every student.
  • Build community: We want to work with you to provide programs and services bringing parents, teachers, students and schools together.
  • Provide strong infrastructure: Technology needs to work seamlessly and cost effectively in schools. Our dependable, secure and flexible products are affordable, easy to use and work with what you use today and tomorrow.

Our commitment to education spans almost three decades. It is central to our business and in our work in communities in the US and around the world.

Northwest Evaluation Association

NWEA is a global not-for-profit educational services organization headquartered in Portland, Oregon. NWEA partners with schools, districts, state departments of education and educational organizations worldwide to provide computer-based assessment solutions, professional development and research services.

  • NWEA's Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) adaptive assessments leverage more than 30 years of research into student growth that informs decision making at every level, from classrooms to boardrooms.
  • NWEA's research center, The Kingsbury Center at NWEA, uses the Growth Research DatabaseTM to drive original research with universities, foundations and policymakers.

Learn more at nwea.org.

Pearson Education

Pearson is the world's leading learning company, but we define our success not by our size but by the outcomes we help make possible. We serve states, districts, schools and colleges as they implement policies and practices to:

  • Raise student achievement and prepare every student for college and careers
  • Create world-class experiences that make learning more personalized, connected and accessible for all students
  • Find more affordable ways to bring effective innovations in teaching and learning to scale

 Renaissance Learning, Inc.

 Renaissance Learning, Inc. is a leading provider of technology-based school improvement and student assessment programs for K12 schools. Adopted by more than 70,000 schools, Renaissance Learning's tools provide daily formative assessment and periodic progress-monitoring technology to enhance core curriculum, support differentiated instruction, and personalize practice in reading, writing and math. Renaissance Learning products and school improvement programs help educators make the practice component of their existing curriculum more effective by providing tools to personalize practice and easily manage the daily activities for students of all levels. As a result, teachers using Renaissance Learning products and programs accelerate learning, get more satisfaction from teaching, and help students achieve higher test scores on state and national tests. Renaissance Learning has seven U.S. locations and subsidiaries in Canada and the United Kingdom.

 Scantron

Scantron is committed to being the most trusted partner of intelligent data-driven technology solutions that accelerate student growth & achievement. Scantron solutions are designed to meet instructional and administrative demands at the classroom, school, district and state level. Combining assessments, teacher effectiveness tools, a learning management system, analytics, survey, data collection and powerful reporting, Scantron solutions result in a personalized learning experience that leads to excellence in education. Editorial excellence and technological innovation to improve teaching and learning environments and solve complex literacy and education challenges. We are among the world's largest providers of pre-K-12 education solutions and one of its longest-established publishing houses. We deliver interactive, results-driven education solutions to 60 million students in 120 countries; and we publish renowned and awarded novels, non-fiction, children's books and reference works for readers throughout the world.

 School Improvement Network

 Founded in 1991 by teachers, the School Improvement Network provides the most innovative on-demand, comprehensive, research-based school improvement resources anytime, anywhere. As the home of PD 360, Observation 360, Common Core 360, The Video Journal of Education, Equity 360 and the Learning 360 Framework, the School Improvement Network suite of professional development school improvement tools focus on the most relevant topics, feature the top experts, and show educators and how to put theory into practice. Schools that use our resources have reading & math scores that are 75% to more than 500% higher than district averages. The School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has videotaped over 3,000 classrooms to document real classroom examples of best practices in action. Learn more at http://www.schoolimprovement.com

LEVEL II PARTNERS

ACT

ACT is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides a broad array of assessment, research, information, and program management solutions in the areas of education and workforce development.

ACT's Mission is Helping people achieve education and workplace success. Each year, ACT serves millions of people in high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies-nationally and internationally. ACT has offices across the United States and throughout the world.

 Amplify

Amplify has pioneered the adaptation of mobile technologies for use in managing and improving teaching and learning in grades pre-K-12. Combining emerging mobile tools, such as handheld computers and digital pens, with the Web and high touch, in-person professional services, Amplify has developed offerings that streamline collection of data about student learning needs and school operations, facilitate data analysis and interpretation, and build educators' ability to implement data-driven instructional programs that deliver improved outcomes for children. Studies on the mCLASS system have found that the handheld assessments save teachers considerable time over paper-based assessments, and enable teachers to identify and reflect on students' strengths, understand their skill mastery and progress towards specific benchmarks, to plan differentiated instruction, and to evaluate their own performance as teachers (Mandinach, Honey, Light, Heinze, & Nudell, 2005; Sharp, 2004). Other studies suggest that handheld assessment tools can enable teachers to think in deeper and more substantive ways about their students' progress (Brunner & Honey, 2001; Hupert, Martin, Heinze, Kanaya, & Perez, 2004; Penuel & Yarnall, 2005; Sharp & Risko, 2003).

Apple

 Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning desktop and notebook computers, OS X operating system, and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital music revolution with its iPod portable music players and iTunes online music store.

 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 more than 5,900 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 seven 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.

Corwin Press

Corwin, a SAGE company, is a leading publisher of professional development books for PreK-12 educators and an innovative provider of workshops, seminars, and online training resources. We believe that every child deserves an excellent education and that we have a responsibility to contribute to that excellence by enhancing professional practice. We partner with authors, educators, and academics to bring the latest research and proven methods to schools through practical, hands-on materials. Established in 1990 as an independent company, Corwin continues to carry out our mission of Helping Educators Do Their Work Better in everything we do.

 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

HMH aims to spark a lifelong love of learning in every individual we touch. Our challenge and our passion is to combine cutting-edge research, editorial excellence and technological innovation to improve teaching and learning environments and solve complex literacy and education challenges. We are among the world's largest providers of pre-K-12 education solutions and one of its longest-established publishing houses. We deliver interactive, results-driven education solutions to 60 million students in 120 countries; and we publish renowned and awarded novels, non-fiction, children's books and reference works for readers throughout the world.

Intel Corporation

 Intel's flagship Corporate Social Responsibility program, Intel® Teach, helps K-12 teachers of all subjects to learn to integrate technology effectively into their existing curriculum, focusing on their students' problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration which are precisely the 21st century skills required if students are to thrive in the high tech, networked society in which we live. Intel Teach helps teachers learn how to engage their students through project-based approaches, guide their teaching through ongoing assessments and encourage their students to be creators of knowledge. The Intel Teach Elements series of e-learning courses provide educators with flexible online and blended professional development. Online tools and resources for formative assessment and higher-order thinking are provided without charge www.intel.com/teachers. **Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.

K12 Inc.

 K12 Inc., a technology-based education company, is the nation's largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online education programs for students in kindergarten through high school. K12 provides its innovative, award-winning curriculum and academic services to online public and private schools, school districts, and other education entities. K12 offers a wide variety of innovative education solutions including full time online schools, blended school programs, and supplemental courses.

Measured Progress

 Not-for-profit, all for kids. Customized, integrated, full-service assessment, professional development, and instructional support for state and local educators. It’s all about student learning. Period.

Measurement Incorporated

 Founded in 1980, Measurement Incorporated is an employee-owned company that provides a complete range of testing services, assessment technologies, technical assistance, and program evaluation services under contract to state and local education agencies and professional associations. Headquartered in Durham, North Carolina, the company specializes in the development, administration, scoring, analysis, and reporting of large-scale, high-stakes testing programs.

A pioneer in the field of performance assessment, the company has established a distinctive competency in constructed response scoring using both highly-trained professionals and advanced artificial intelligence technology. MI’s corporate philosophy is built on an uncommon commitment to client satisfaction and its dedication to the overarching goal of “Excellence in Assessment.”

MetaMetrics

 MetaMetrics, Inc., a privately held educational measurement company, develops scientifically based measures of student achievement that link assessment with instruction, foster better educational practices and improve learning by matching students with materials that meet and challenge their abilities. The company’s team of psychometricians developed the widely adopted Lexile Framework for Reading (www.Lexile.com); El Sistema Lexile para Leer, the Spanish-language version of the Lexile Framework; The Quantile Framework for Mathematics (www.Quantiles.com); and The Lexile Framework for Writing. In addition to licensing Lexile and Quantile measures to state departments of education, testing and instructional companies, and publishers, MetaMetrics delivers professional development, resource measurement and customized consulting services. For more information, visit www.MetaMetricsInc.com.

Promethean

Promethean is the most innovative and trusted source of educational technology, content & expertise that impacts the quality of learning and motivates students to be successful. Since our beginnings, we have held true to the conviction that education is central to the well-being of the society in which we live. For us, nothing could be more important.

Promethean's transformative, award-winning classroom technologies combined with our intimate knowledge of the learning process, enables us to effectively partner with 21st century teachers to create the dynamic environments that motivate students to learn. Our approach is to consistently deliver excellence to both educators and students through each of our value drivers:

  • Award-Winning Educational
  • Product Design & Development
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Unique Insights & Expertise
  • Brand Preference & Education Community Engagement  

Learn more at www.prometheanworld.com

 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 value-added metrics available, offering valuable diagnostic information about past practices and predicting student success probabilities at numerous academic milestones. With all this information at hand, educators can proactively make sound instructional choices and use their resources more strategically to ensure that every student has the opportunity to succeed.

SAS also philanthropically delivers online curriculum resources with a proven impact on increasing student learning and teaching effectiveness - at no cost to public, virtual, and home schools. SAS Curriculum Pathways offers hundreds 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.

 Scholastic

Scholastic is the most trusted name in learning with a brand that is synonymous with quality. Scholastic Education provides technology solutions and supplemental programs that support student achievement in PreK-12. Grounded in scientific research, Scholastic Education develops technology programs and services that include intervention, instruction, universal screening, assessment, data management and professional development. Scholastic Achievement Partners-the professional services arm of Scholastic Education-brings together the International Center for Leadership in Education, Math Solutions, and Scholastic's Implementation Services team to offer a full range of professional services in human capital development across content areas, comprehensive school improvement, and program implementation

TaskStream

 At TaskStream, we provide the highest quality Web-based software and supporting services to efficiently plan and manage assessment and accountability processes, facilitate the demonstration of learning achievement, and foster continuous improvement.

Texas Instruments

As a leader in developing graphing handhelds, Texas Instruments Educational and Productivity Solutions, a business of Texas Instruments, is an education technology leader. For nearly 20 years, we have worked closely with leading educators in the design of our educational technology, training programs and support materials that enrich the math and science classroom learning experience worldwide. Our mission-provide essential tools that help teachers create an engaging learning experience leading to higher student achievement in math and science. Our vision-all students inspired to achieve their potential and become the innovators of tomorrow.

University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix provides access to higher education opportunities that enable students to develop knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their professional goals, improve the productivity of their organizations and provide leadership and service to their communities. The University supports the goals of working adults, helping them move efficiently from education to careers in a rapidly changing world. As a subsidiary of Apollo Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.

Wilson Language Training

 Wilson Language Training is dedicated to providing educators with the resources they need to help their students become fluent, independent readers. Wilson is a provider of professional development and research-based reading and spelling curricula for all ages. Its multisensory, structured curricula-the Wilson Reading System®, Wilson Fundations®, Wilson Just Words®, and Wilson Fluency®-have proven highly effective. Wilson also brings to the task two decades of professional development courses and ongoing teacher support. Partnering with public and private schools, as well as clinics and adult education centers across the country, Wilson strives toward its ultimate goal: literacy for all.

LEVEL III PARTNERS

 Battelle for Kids

Battelle for Kids is a national, not-for-profit organization that provides counsel and solutions to advance the development of human capital systems, the use of strategic measures, practices for improving educator effectiveness, and communication with all stakeholders.
 
We believe that focusing on the right people, practices, measures, and messages is the key to educational excellence.

Cisco

 At Cisco customers come first and an integral part of our DNA is creating long-lasting customer partnerships and working with them to identify their needs and provide solutions that support their success. The concept of solutions being driven to address specific customer challenges has been with Cisco since its inception.

 Generation Ready

Generation Ready is one of the largest providers of professional development and school improvement services in the country, partnering with districts, schools, and state departments of education. Our uniquely integrated approach combines customized job-embedded professional development based on our evidence-based Six Essential Best Practices of Effective Schools framework with our proprietary ReadyPathSM technology platform. We work with schools to improve teacher and leader practices directly tied to accelerating student achievement, closing student achievement gaps and creating a culture of continuous improvement.

International Business Machines Corporation

IBM Global Education collaborates with schools, districts and state departments of education to create innovative business and technology solutions to enable continuous improvement in education.  We help to improve student success, teacher effectiveness and institutional performance through a depth of experience in consulting services, analytics, infrastructure and business partner offerings.  IBM provides our education clients with deep business process and industry expertise, using innovation to identify, create and deliver value faster.  We draw on the full breadth and depth of IBM capabilities to help you implement solutions designed to deliver sustainable improvement.

Questar Assessment, Inc.

Success By Your Standards®. Since 1976, Questar Assessment, Inc. has been a leading educational assessment provider for states, schools, and school districts and has successfully implemented numerous large-scale assessment programs. Headquartered in Minnesota and New York, Questar is a full-service testing company with wide-ranging expertise - from statewide grades 3-8, high school, English language proficiency, and alternate programs to standardized district assessments. Questar's end-to-end services are designed to address all aspects of assessment from test design, development, and psychometric services to print production, distribution, scanning, scoring, reporting, and data analysis. Questar also offers customized online testing services to schools and educational entities in the K-12 market. Whatever the size or complexity, our expert team will meet and exceed your expectations for program quality, cost-effectiveness, on-time delivery, and flexibility to meet current and changing federal and state requirements.

The Teaching Channel

Teaching Channel is a video showcase-on the Internet and TV-of inspiring and effective teaching practices in America's schools, with a rapidly growing community of nearly a half million registered educators who trade ideas and share inspiration from each other. Teaching Channel's comprehensive, and continually growing, library of video content offers educators a wide range of subjects for grades K-12. The videos also include information on alignment with Common Core State Standards and ancillary material for teachers to use in their own classrooms. 

A non-profit organization, Teaching Channel launched publicly in June 2011. Teaching Channel Teams is a private collaboration platform that transforms professional development with customizable video content as well as social sharing within safe networks and collaborative communities where teachers and teacher leaders can connect, share best practices, and interact with instructional video in a new way.

Truenorthlogic

Truenorthlogic is the leading provider of comprehensive human capital management systems to K-12 education agencies working to improve student achievement by increasing educator effectiveness. Our award-winning solutions help State and local education agencies build, support and retain a highly effective teaching force; allow for data driven talent management practices; and generate efficiency gains and costs savings. With over one million licensed users, Truenorthlogic has a proven track record helping organizations achieve educational workforce excellence.