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Standards-based assessment and Instruction


Exemplars has had the privilege of working with schools, districts and resource centers around the country. Here are some of the outstanding groups with whom it has collaborated with.

California School Leadership Academy

CSLA is recognized statewide and nationally for expertise in the development, delivery, and impact of quality professional development for administrators and teacher leaders. CSLA's mission is to help practicing administrators and teachers in leadership positions strengthen their instructional leadership skills and focus their actions on the issues and strategies critical to increasing the achievement of all students in California.


The Center for Education and Equity in Mathematics, Science, and Technology is the vehicle through which the College of Science, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, serves the educational community. CEEMaST is a collaborative effort of the College of Science and the School of Education.

The purposes of CEEMaST are:

  • To promote the professional development of teachers of mathematics, science, and technology
  • To improve the teaching and learning of science and mathematics at all levels
  • To promote the study of science and mathematics by all students, with a particular outreach to females and minority group members

Charles A. Dana Center

The Charles A. Dana Center is dedicated to strengthening education and civic life in Texas. It is an organized research unit in the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin.

The Dana Center serves as an incubator of innovative programs and practices designed to support local and state agencies, individual schools, and civic organizations as they work together to serve their Texas constituencies in ways that reflect their local beliefs and values.

Toward this end, the Dana Center conducts applied research, develops resources, provides technical assistance, and convenes individuals and groups to work together to strengthen Texas education and community life.

The Dana Center has a significant presence in more than 1,000 Texas schools and in a growing number of Texas communities.

Collaborative for Educational Service

The Hampshire Educational Collaborative, located in Northampton, Massachusetts, is a nonprofit, multi-service agency linking educators, schools, families, and communities to opportunities that advance learning for all students. Through its affiliation with PALMS (Partnerships Advancing Learning of Mathematics and Science), which was Massachusetts Strategic Systemic Initiative (SSI) funded by the National Science Foundation, The Collaborative offered professional development opportunities for math and science teachers, developed resources, and fostered partnerships between schools and communities.

The Council for Basic Education

The Council for Basic Education (CBE), a national non-profit organization, advocates high academic standards for all students and exemplary teaching in every classroom in our nation's public schools.

CBE was founded in 1956 by a group of concerned citizens who were convinced that there is a close relationship between a healthy democracy and excellence in public education and were dismayed at the academic deficiencies in the nation's elementary and secondary schools. Throughout its history, CBE has directed its programs and publications to strengthen teaching and learning of the liberal arts to prepare students for lifelong learning and responsible citizenship. CBE has earned a reputation as an impartial critic of education reform, and its Basic Education provides a monthly forum for analysis and comment.

The Education Trust

The Education Trust works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, kindergarten through college, and forever closing the achievement gaps that separate low-income students and students of color from other youth. Our basic tenet is this - All children will learn at high levels when they are taught to high levels.

The El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence

The El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence is a community-wide effort to improve the whole system of education, a systemic reform that results in improved academic achievement for all young people in El Paso. The organization brings together - in a unique configuration - the city's education, business and civic leaders to plan and effect the changes that will improve teaching and learning at all levels, from pre-kindergarten through university. The essence of the Collaborative is people working together: school superintendents, university and college presidents, business and community leaders, principals, teachers, and parents - an entire community recognizing and supporting high student achievement.

The goals of the El Paso Collaborative are to ensure academic success among all youngsters in our schools, from their very first year in school through the university, and to ensure that all students graduate from area high schools prepared to enter and succeed in a four-year college or university.

First in the World Consortium

First in the World is "a collaboration of 19 school districts in Illinois to become first in the world in mathematics and science." Students in the First in the World district participated in the Third International Mathematics and Science Study. Using powerful models of professional development and careful consideration of curriculum materials, First in the World has committed itself to achieving its goals.


Learn2Inquire is an educational consulting firm that offers teacher professional development, curriculum development and assessment services in many schools throughout the world. Using the fundamental principles of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP), Learn2Inquires has worked with educators in the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

Learn2Inquire believes that students learn best through inquiry-based instruction. With years of international experience Learn2Inquire strives to help educators refine techniques for achieving this vision, setting a pattern for life-long learning.

The Maryland Assessment Consortium

The Maryland Assessment Consortium represents a unique collaboration of Maryland's 24 school systems. Established in 1991, the Consortium was formed to address two primary goals:

  1. To offer high-quality staff development programs on performance assessment
  2. To collaboratively develop, field test, validate, and disseminate formative performance assessments for use by teachers as part of their instructional programs.

Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning

McREL, located in Aurora, Colorado, is a private, nonprofit organization whose purpose is to improve education through applied research and development. McREL provides products and services, primarily for K-12 educators, to promote the best instructional practices in the classroom.

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory

Throughout the country, teachers, parents, principals, community members, policymakers, and students are working toward a common goal: improving our nation's schools to make them safe and productive places where children can learn and grow. Since 1984, the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory has been a partner and resource in this important endeavor.

The North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping schools - and the students they serve - reach their full potential. We specialize in the educational applications of technology.


WestEd is a nonprofit research, development, and service agency. The agency traces its history back to 1966 when Congress created a network of Regional Educational Laboratories. In 1995, two of those original laboratories (Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development and Southwest Regional Laboratory) joined forces to form WestEd.

As one of the nation's Regional Educational Laboratories, WestEd serves Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. Our work also extends throughout the rest of the United States, as well as internationally.

WestEd is committed to improving learning at all stages of life - from infancy to adulthood, both in school and out. Our work is far-reaching because our purpose is ambitious: success for every learner. Ambitious as it is, this goal is within reach.

As your partner in educational change, WestEd:

  • Helps all children enter school healthy and eager to learn
  • Tailors effective assessment strategies for states and districts
  • Works with administrators and teams of school and district leaders to help bring about successful schoolwide change
  • Enhances teachers' career-long professional development
  • Finds ways for community-based groups to collaborate and solve problems

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