Who We Are

Since 1988, NCEE has been researching the world’s best-performing education systems to unlock their secrets. Our aim is to fully understand what makes these systems tick—how they enable these countries to achieve much higher average student performance with much greater equity at a lower cost per student than the United States. We use this information to provide groundbreaking designs for high-performance education systems at the national, state and local levels and to provide consultation, technical assistance and state-of-the-art training for education leaders who wish to implement these high performance systems.

NCEE has three programs designed to accomplish these goals: The Center on International Education Benchmarking, The National Institute for School Leadership and a consulting service for states and large school districts.

The Center on International Education Benchmarking

NCEE’s Center on International Education Benchmarking funds and conducts research around the world on the most successful education systems to identify the strategies those countries have used to produce their superior performance. Through its books, reports, website, monthly newsletter, and a weekly update of education news around the world, CIEB provides up-to-date information and analysis on those countries whose students regularly top the PISA league tables. CIEB’s global research is conducted in consultation with some of the foremost global education researchers and leaders and CIEB’s international benchmarking reports have been used by policymakers across the political spectrum.

The National Institute for School Leadership

The National Institute for School Leadership partners with state and district education leaders around the United States to deliver training for school and education system leaders intended to help them implement the world’s most successful education practices, using  the world’s best research on leadership in business and the military.  NISL uses a blended training system built on a state-of-the art delivery platform.  NISL’s Executive Development Program is now the most widely used school leadership program in the United States, training more than 10,000 school principals in 27 states. Multiple independent studies have shown that students in schools led by NISL-trained leaders outperform their peers in both mathematics and reading.

Consulting Services

NCEE’s consulting services provide the research, analysis and strategic planning support states and districts need to design education systems for high performance, equity and efficiency. NCEE’s consulting services bring to bear the lessons learned from three decades of benchmarking top-performing systems around the world and enlist the expertise of top researchers, analysts, policymakers, and practitioners from the U.S. and abroad.

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