Education Research Sources

California Sources

California Department of Education
Data and statistics collected from California schools and learning support resources to identify trends and educational needs and to measure performance.

Ed-Data Partnership
Ed-Data is a partnership of the California Department of Education, EdSource and the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) designed to offer educators, policy makers, the legislature, parents, and the public quick access to timely and comprehensive data about K-12 education in California.

California Education Code

EdSource is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to clarify complex education issues and to promote thoughtful policy decisions about public school improvement.

California Budget Project
Engages in independent fiscal and policy analysis and public education with the goal of improving public policies affecting the economic and social well-being of low- and middle-income Californians

Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO)
Provides fiscal and policy advice to the Legislature. It is known for its fiscal and programmatic expertise and nonpartisan analyses of the state budget.

Education Trust West
The Education Trust—West is an Oakland-based statewide educational policy, research, and advocacy organization that works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-k though college.

Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning (CFTL)
The Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd is dedicated to strengthening teacher development policy and practice. Features recent information on teacher development including research, state and national policy and legislative initiatives, and models for effective practice.

Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)
An independent, non-partisan research center based at Stanford University, the University of California – Berkeley, and the University of Southern California. PACE seeks to define and sustain a long-term strategy for comprehensive policy reform and continuous improvement in performance at all levels of California's education system, from early childhood to post-secondary education and training. PACE bridges the gap between research and policy, working with scholars from California's leading universities and with state and local policymakers to increase the impact of academic research on educational policy in California.

Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)
A nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. We are dedicated to informing and improving public policy in California through independent, objective, nonpartisan research. PPIC is independent, with no government, university, or charitable affiliations.

UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA)
A research institute seeking to understand and challenge pervasive racial and social class inequalities in education. In addition to conducting independent research and policy analysis, IDEA supports educators, public officials, advocates, community activists, and young people as they design, conduct, and use research to make high-quality public schools and successful college participation routine occurrences in all communities.

National Sources:

National Center for Education Statistics
The primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences.

Education Research Information Center (ERIC)
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.

U.S. Department of Education (USDOE)
Research and statistics section.

Education Commission of the States
The mission is to help states develop effective policy and practice for public education by providing data, research, analysis and leadership; and by facilitating collaboration, the exchange of ideas among the states and long-range strategic thinking.

A research-based voice at the national level, responding to requests from Congress and federal agencies, and at the state and local levels, addressing inquiries from legislators, boards of education, and other policy leaders. Policy Center staff bring clarity to complex issues by examining all sides and presenting objective, research based views.

Center on Education Policy
The Center on Education Policy is a national, independent advocate for public education and for more effective public schools.

National Education Organizations:

National PTA

National Education Association (NEA)

National School Boards Association (NSBA)

American Association of School Administrators (AASA)