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How We Work

NCEE partners with states and school districts to reach global performance benchmarks by comparing their performance and policies to the world’s top-performing education systems on essential components of each of the 9 Building Blocks.

Expert Insights

NCEE enlists top researchers, analysts, policymakers, and practitioners from all over the world who are prepared to help our partner states and districts respond to the challenges of their unique contexts and build world-class systems of education. Along with this expert analysis, NCEE combines leading-edge research and powerful insights into how the top-performing systems execute their strategies.

Exclusive Tools and Resources

When CIEB funds researchers to benchmark the top-performing countries, we ask them not just to produce research reports, but also to collect the tools those countries have developed to implement their policies and practices. While some of these resources are open to the public, much of our digital tool chest is only available through our consulting and leadership training program, the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL).

Research-Proven Strategies

Three decades of global research into how high-performing education systems produce superior achievement with greater equity has equipped NCEE with a range of strategies to support partners tailored to their unique contexts. NCEE's school leadership program is a prime example. NISL develops and supports leaders who will play a role in creating new, high-performing systems. NISL is the largest provider of school leadership development in the country having helped over 12,000 school leaders across 27 states build and lead world-class education systems that reflect what we have learned from the global top performers. Multiple third-party studies have demonstrated that the NISL Executive Development Program improves school leadership and raises student achievement at scale.

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