Project Partners

The technical, research-related, management , and evaluation work for EVEA is made possible by a team of education organizations that are dedicated to high-quality outcomes and service for clientsOur project partners are all either small, woman-owned businesses or not-for-profit organizations

edCount, LLC, is a federally-registered, woman-owned, small business founded in 2003 by Ellen Forte, Ph.D. edCount offers clients a full range of services including policy development support, program evaluation, assessment review including validity, alignment and standard setting studies, and technical assistance and dissemination support. Specific practice areas include federal and state education policy, students with disabilities, and English language learners. edCount works with the U.S. Department of Education, state and local education agencies, advocacy groups, and other education organizations, and is committed to improving student achievement through the articulation and implementation of effective policies, programs, standards, assessments, and curricula for all students.

The National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment (NCIEA-Center for Assessment) is a small not-for-profit consulting organization with 11 full-time employees. Formed in 1998, Center for Assessment strives to promote increased student achievement through improved practices in educational assessment and accountability. The Center for Assessment helps states and others develop better systems and improve the use of student assessment data. Through contracts with over 20 states, the Center brings intellectual leadership, strong attention to operational details, and outstanding skills in working within complex policy contexts.

Synergy Enterprises, Inc(SEI) has built and maintains both this public EVEA website and a private interactive workspace for project partners to collaborate and store project materials. SEI is an 8(a)-certified, woman-owned company providing technical services to local, national, and international clients in the public and private sectors. The company provides a full range of communications, logistics, research, and technology services, and has managed or is responsible for, several other ED-funded projects that feature a password-protected grantee log-in page. Dr. Manya Walton will lead SEI’s involvement with EVEA.

The Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS) is one of 11 professional schools of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). UCLA, established in 1919 as the second University of California campus, is a public research university that offers 118 undergraduate degree programs and 200 graduate degree programs. The official name is the Regents of the University of California.

GSE&IS is dedicated to inquiry, the advancement of knowledge, the improvement of professional practice, and service to the education and information professions. GSE&IS accomplishes this through the efforts of two departments: the Department of Education and the Department of Information Studies both of which seek to develop future generations of scholars, teachers, information professionals, and institutional leaders. GSE&IS’ work is guided by the principles of individual responsibility and social justice, an ethic of caring, and commitment to the communities served.

The Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) serves as EVEA’s external evaluator for accountability and improvement purposes. PIRE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1974, with approximately 500 employees. For over 30 years, PIRE has been a leading private, not-for-profit research institute conducting studies in the areas of school–based interventions, child development, public health, substance abuse prevention, and related problems. PIRE is committed to cultural competence and diversity in staffing, in designing research and in planning technical assistance. Many staff are persons of color, some are bi-lingual and all have substantial experience in working in cultural contexts other than their own. Dr. Brent Garrett will represent PIRE on the EVEA project.

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