Who We Are

Our Mission

The National Center on Education and the Economy was created in 1988 to analyze the implications of changes in the international economy for American education, formulate an agenda for American education based on that analysis and seek wherever possible to accomplish that agenda through policy change and development of the resources educators would need to carry it out.

NCEE has three centers designed to accomplish these goals: The Center on International Education Benchmarking, The Center on System Leadership and The Center on Policy Solutions.

Center on International Education Benchmarking

The 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, monthly newsletter, and a weekly update of education news around the world, The Center on International Education Benchmarking provides up-to-date information and analysis on those countries whose students regularly top the PISA league tables. The Center on International Education Benchmarking’s global research is conducted in consultation with some of the foremost global education researchers and leaders.

Center on System Leadership

The Center on System Leadership partners with state and district education leaders around the United States to deliver professional learning to 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. The Center on System Leadership uses a blended executive development model built on a state-of-the art delivery platform. The Center on System Leadership’s NISL program is now the most widely used school leadership program in the United States, providing more than 10,000 school principals in 27 states with the skills, research and tools they need to design and lead high-performance education systems.. Multiple independent studies have shown that students in schools led by our graduates outperform their peers in both mathematics and reading.

Center on Policy Solutions

The Center on Policy Solutions provides the research, analysis and strategic planning support that states and districts need to design education systems for high performance, equity and efficiency. The Center on Policy Solutions’ 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, policy makers and practitioners from the U.S. and abroad.

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