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The Center for Public Education (Center) is a national resource for accurate, timely, and credible information about public education and its importance to the well-being of our nation. The Center provides up-to-date research, data, and analysis on current education issues and explores ways to improve student achievement and engage public support for public schools.

Our intended audience includes school board members and other policymakers, educators, community leaders, parents, and everyone concerned with the education of our children.

The Center is an initiative of the National School Boards Association (NSBA).


The Center serves as America’s one-stop shop for clear, concise, and trusted information about public education, leading to more understanding about our schools, more community-wide involvement, and better decision-making by school leaders on behalf of all students in their classrooms.


The Center was launched by 2006 by NSBA and the National School Boards Foundation, having emerged from discussions between NSBA and its member state school board associations about how to effectively inform the public about the successes and challenges of public schools. NSBA and its members believe that accurate, objective information is essential for building support for public schools and creating effective programs to prepare all students for the 21st century jobs and life in our democratic society.


The Center provides practical information, analysis and expertise on key education issues:

  • Original studies and reviews of rigorous education research that cut through the noise of opinion and politics to get at what really works. We present this information in different formats in order to make it accessible to professionals and lay readers alike.
  • Stories from the field showcasing schools and districts that are successfully applying the lessons of research and engaging their communities to the benefit of all their students.
  • Guides, glossaries, and go-to backgrounders on education lingo, statistics, and topics.
  • Downloadable resources and tools to help school and community leaders in their school improvement efforts.

The Center also works in close partnership with state school board associations to translate the lessons of research into effective policies and practices at the state and district level.


The Center thanks the many foundations, organizations, and individuals who support our work through their generous contributions. Additional support for the Center is provided by the National School Boards Association. A list of our major contributors can be found by clicking this link.


Patte Barth, Director

Chandi Wagner, Policy Analyst

Naomi Dillon, Managing Editor

For general information contact us at centerforpubliced@nsba.org

Research rubric

For the development of each research packet, Center for Public Education's rubric for evaluating research addresses significance of the topic, timeframes, key terms, outcome measures, study designs, sample populations, and other relevant factors.

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