Alliance for Excellent Education
Mission: The mission of the Alliance for Excellent Education is to promote high school transformation to make it possible for every child to graduate prepared for postsecondary learning and success in life.
Vision: The Alliance for Excellent Education envisions a nation where all children graduate from high school with the knowledge and intellectual and social skills necessary for postsecondary learning and success in life.
About the Alliance:The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. The Alliance focuses on America’s six million most at-risk secondary school students—those in the lowest achievement quartile—who are most likely to leave school without a diploma or to graduate unprepared for a productive future.
Alliance President Bob Wise, former governor of West Virginia and a former member in Congress, provides leadership to a staff of over twenty dedicated and talented individuals. Funding for the organization comes from the Leeds family, other generous individuals, and foundations and corporations.
The Alliance works to encourage the development and implementation of federal and national policies that support effective high school reform and increased student achievement and attainment. It works to synthesize and distribute research and information about promising practices that enlightens the national debate about education policies and options. The Alliance provides sound, objective, nonpartisan advice that informs decisions about policy creation and implementation. Working with educators, researchers, business leaders, citizen groups, and decisionmakers at the local, state, and national levels, the Alliance develops federal policy recommendations and advocates to policymakers in the federal government.
To encourage public awareness and action that support effective secondary school reform, the Alliance publishes many briefs, reports, and fact sheets; hosts numerous events and makes presentations—in DC, on Capitol Hill, and around the country; issues regular releases providing national and state-level data and information about the impact of improving educational achievement and attainment levels for secondary school students; and collaborates with policymakers, researchers, and educators to advance the Alliance’s goals. The Alliance also publishes a biweekly newsletter, Straight A’s, which provides information on public education policy and progress in an accessible format.