• Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of Education and Human Development is ranked as the country’s top graduate school of education and is the home of the National Center on School Choice. Peabody’s reputation for rigor, creativity, and excellence is built on practice and scholarship by its highly regarded research faculty.
    The Brookings Institution is a private, nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions. For policymakers and the media, Brookings scholars provide quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis on a full range of public policy issues. The Brown Center on Education Policy conducts research on topics in American education with a special focus on efforts to improve academic achievement in elementary and secondary schools.
    Brown University is a leading research institution with distinctive undergraduate and graduate academic programs, a world-class faculty, and a tradition of innovative and rigorous multidisciplinary study.
    Harvard University is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. As part of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG) draws upon a global network of distinguished scholars, faculty members, and students to provide instruction and conduct research on ways to improve the quality of American education policy and governance.
    Indiana University School of Education's Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP) promotes and supports rigorous program evaluation and education policy research, primarily for educational, human services, and nonprofit organizations. As part of the Indiana University School of Education, it represents a history of nearly 40 years of evaluation and research experience.
    The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) is a private, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works. As one of seventeen programs, the Economics of Education Program was created to recognize the large and rapidly growing body of economic research on education.
    The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) provides research-based educational growth measures, professional training, and consulting services to improve teaching and learning. Partnering with districts, states, and other education organizations, NWEA delivers computerized assessment services to over 1,200 education agencies and 3.8 million students. As such it is the single largest provider of adaptive testing in the nation.
    Stanford University is one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions. As one of the nation’s top-ranked graduate schools in education, the School of Education seeks to continue as a world leader in ground-breaking, cross-disciplinary inquiries, shaping educational practices, their conceptual underpinnings, and the professions that serve the enterprise.
    The University of Notre Dame is an independent, national Catholic university renowned for its teaching and research, scholarship and publication, service and community. Recently ranked among the best of rising private research universities, the University seeks to cultivate in its students not only an appreciation for the pursuit of truth and knowledge, but also a disciplined concern for the common good that will bear fruit as learning becomes service to justice.
The NCSC is funded by a 5 year, $13.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. Its lead institution is Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. The center is housed on the campus of Peabody College, one of the nation's top graduate schools of education.