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The GE Foundation believes that the successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards will require a collaborative effort from education advocacy groups, nonprofit organizations, institutions and associations. Please see below for a list of the GE Foundation’s Developing Futures™ in Education partners.


Achieve is a bipartisan organization dedicated to helping states raise academic standards, improve assessment and strengthen accountability to prepare all young people for postsecondary education, work and citizenship. The GE Foundation provides support to Achieve through a three-year, $7 million grant to assist states in moving from adoption to full implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and engaging business stakeholders in college- and career-ready agendas.

Alliance for Excellent Education

The Alliance for Excellent Education is a national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success. The Alliance specifically focuses on secondary school students in the lowest achievement quartile, those most at risk to leave school without a diploma or graduate unprepared for a productive future. The Alliance encourages development and implementation of policies that support high school reform by distributing research on promising practices; providing advice to inform decision-makers; and collaborating with educators, researchers, business leaders and civil society groups at the local, state and national levels to develop policy recommendations.

Council for Chief State School Officers

The Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a membership association of officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the United States committed to assisting state school officials create a public education system that prepares every child for lifelong learning, work and citizenship. CCSSO supports this initiative by providing leadership, advocacy and technical assistance on major education issues. Through a three-year, $2.25 million grant from the GE Foundation, CCSSO focuses on building states’ capacity to effectively implement the Common Core State Standards by providing support to develop, share and execute best practices. 

Foundation for Excellence in Education

The Foundation for Excellence in Education works with decision-makers to develop, adopt and implement education reform policies by providing model legislation, rule-making expertise and implementation strategies. Chiefs for Change is a program operated by the Foundation for Excellence in Education to further boost progress in education reform. The GE Foundation provides support to the Chiefs for Change program through a $3.179 million grant to create a road map for successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards in key states, maintain community support and advocate for replication nationwide.

Hunt Institute

An affiliate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy works toward its mission of securing America’s future through quality education. The Hunt Institute focuses on the intersection of policy and politics, supporting and empowering state and national policymakers to drive educational reform. Current initiatives of the Institute include engaging with disadvantaged youth; improving science education; cultivating education governors; and supporting the adoption of rigorous, consistent, world-class education standards.

Michigan State University

Michigan State University (MSU) is a partner of the Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum, an initiative that serves the K–12 educational community by focusing on issues related to mathematics curriculum. In support of this partnership, MSU received a grant from the GE Foundation to aid teachers in aligning their instruction to the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM). The grant will include support for the adoption of the Virtual Framework for Math Instruction (VFMI) system, a Web-based tool developed to align current instructional materials to the CCSSM and identify gaps, inconsistencies or redundancies in topic coverage. Approximately 900 teachers and 140 administrators in three GE Foundation–supported districts of Erie, New York City and Louisville will adopt the VFMI system under this program.

National Education Association

The National Education Association (NEA) is the nation’s largest professional-school-employee organization, consisting of 3 million members that work at every level of education, from pre-school to graduate programs. The NEA is committed to advancing the cause of public education, working toward a vision of a great public school for every student in the United States. The NEA engages in a range of issues that affect public school systems, students and professional school employees, including support for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

National Governors Association

The National Governors Association (NGA), a bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors, promotes visionary state leadership, shares best practices and serves as a collective voice on national policy. The NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with a variety of services, ranging from representing states on key federal issues to developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges. The NGA also provides management and technical assistance to governors.

National Science Teachers Association

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), a membership organization of individuals committed to science education, promotes excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning. The GE Foundation awarded NSTA $3.3 million over three years to develop and deploy a series of self-directed teacher-learning Web modules (SciPacks) in support of a national initiative to enhance teacher and student interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines. NSTA will also assist the GE Developing Futures’ school districts in analyzing the quality of existing science programs and identifying areas for improvement, moving towards a larger goal of increasing student achievement in science.

Student Achievement Partners

Founded by three contributing authors of the Common Core State Standards, Student Achievement Partners (SAP) is devoted to accelerating student achievement by supporting effective and innovative implementation of the CCSS. The GE Foundation awarded SAP $18 million over four years to support further implementation of the CCSS by focusing on four key areas: curriculum, assessments, professional development, and public advocacy and support. Specific objectives of the program include providing technical support and strategic advice toward the communications effort on the CCSS and ensuring that professional development is refocused around specific demands of the CCSS.