ELPA21 collaborates with the Understanding Language initiative of Stanford University; the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing of the University of California, Los Angeles; the National Center on Educational Outcomes of the University of Minnesota; and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The Oregon Department of Education is the lead state agency, and CCSSO is the project management partner.
: The Understanding Language initiative of Stanford University aims to heighten educator awareness of the critical role that language plays in the new Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. The long-term goal of the initiative is to increase recognition that learning the language of each academic discipline is essential to learning content. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information; articulating and building on ideas; constructing explanations; engaging in argument from evidence—such language-rich performance expectations appear throughout the new standards.
National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST): Located at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Graduate School of Education & Information Studies CRESST is a national center of excellence for improving the quality of education and learning. CRESST researchers and partners have long contributed to the development of scientifically-based evaluation and assessment techniques. They have encouraged the development, validation, and use of sound data for improved decision-making, explored technological applications to improve assessment and evaluation practices, and generated methods and evidence for more equitable applications of assessment and evaluation tools across diverse student backgrounds and needs and educational settings.
National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO): NCEO was established in 1990 to provide national leadership in designing and building educational assessments and accountability systems that monitor educational results for all students, including students with disabilities and English language learners (ELLs). Since its establishment, NCEO has been working with states and federal agencies to identify important outcomes of education for students with disabilities. This includes examining the outcomes of student participation in national and state assessments, the use of accommodations and alternate assessments; evaluating national and state practices in reporting assessment information on students with disabilities; bridging general education, special education, and other systems; and conducting research in the area of assessment and accountability.
Oregon Department of Education (ODE): ODE fosters excellence for every learner through innovation, collaboration, leadership, and service to its education partners. ODE is guided by the following values: Equity for Every Student; High-Quality Education; Results-Focused; Service; Leadership; Teamwork; and People Are Our Greatest Asset.
Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO): CCSSO is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. CCSSO seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.