State and Federal Education Information
US Department of Education Laws and Governance
Site provides information Legislation, regulations, guidance, and other policy documents on federal education initiatives including No Child Left Behind, Common Core, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, civil rights protections, Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act, and other education programs.
US Department of Education Research and Statistics
Information on education-related data and research. Includes National Assessment of Educational Progress results, access to various databases, higher education planning tools, campus safety information, and more.
State Education Contacts
Contact the department of education in your state, or the adult ed, arts, child care, higher ed, humanities, libraries, PTA, special ed, tech-prep, vocational rehabilitation, vocational-technical, or other education office in your state.
Education Reform and Testing
FairTest – The National Center for Fair and Open Testing
Fair Test advances quality education and equal opportunity by promoting fair, open, valid and educationally beneficial evaluations of students, teachers and schools. FairTest also works to end the misuses and flaws of testing practices that impede those goals.
The Network for Public Education
The Network for Public Education is an advocacy group whose goal is to fight to protect, preserve and strengthen our public school system, an essential institution in a democratic society. The group, which was co-founded by Diane Ravitch, is anti-Common Core and anti-standardized testing.
The Center for Education Reform
Strong charter school laws, meaningful school choices and performance pay for teachers are three of the most important things our states can do to empower our communities.
American Federation of Teachers
The AFT represents 1.6 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators. Has state and local affiliates.
Bad Ass Teachers
“This is for every teacher who refuses to be blamed for the failure of our society to erase poverty and inequality, and refused to accept assessments, tests and evaluations imposed by those who have contempt for real teaching and learning.” Has state groups as well.
National Council on Teacher Quality
NCTQ is a nonpartisan research and policy organization that works to achieve fundamental changes in the policy and practices of teacher preparation programs, school districts, state governments, and teachers unions. Theyadvocate for reforms at the federal, state and local levels.
National Education Association
NEA represents 3 million education workers – from preschool to university graduate programs – and is committed to advancing the cause of public education. Also has state and local affiliates.
National Parent Teacher Association
PTA is a nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children and a strong advocate for public education.
Education Research Groups
The economic and political well-being of any society requires a well-educated citizenry. The Brookings Institute conducts research and policy analysis on fundamental educational issues from pre- school to higher education.
The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges.Research sponsors include government agencies, foundations, and private-sector organizations.
Provides research on social and economic policy issues. Topic areas include children, corrections, crime and justice, education, housing, immigration, poverty, and race, ethnicity and gender. http://www.urban.org/
Home School Legal Defense Association
Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children and to protect family freedoms. We provide homeschooling-related legal advice and representation to our 84,000+ member families, promote homeschool-friendly legislation at the state and federal levels, and offer information and resources to encourage and support all homeschoolers.
Home Schooling Organizations and Support Groups
Listing of various groups by state and country.
Private and Faith-Based Schools