Educational Institutions

ACHIEVE INC

  • Washington, DC
  • www.achieve.org

Mission Statement

Achieve, Inc (achieve) is an education reform organization dedicated to supporting standards-based education reform efforts across the states achieve helps states raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments and strengthen accountability

Main Programs

  1. Support educators through high-quality, NGSS-designed instructional materials
  2. High-quality instructional materials to improve science and career readiness
  3. Support NGSS implementation and instructional materials in California
  4. Creating an environment supportive of competency based pathways
  5. Network collaboration to support state adoption and implementation of the NGSS
  6. Strategically increasing the availability of high-quality and aligned instructional materials and assessments designed for the NGSS
  7. Support states in addressing the quality of their standards and state assessment systems as well as coalition and advocacy support to states in their ESSA development & implementation
  8. Support a set of high-impact strategies for ensuring successful implementation of the CCSS and NGSS
  9. Support the Student Assessment Inventory Tool
  10. Support of the Coalition Support Network
  11. Development of tools & capacity for external reviews of state assessments
  12. Support for the development and dissemination of high-quality examples of instructional environmental sciences lessons or units designed for the NGSS
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Convene States and Leaders

Central to Achieve's work is our ability to convene leaders from across states to come together to share their experiences and tackle common challenges. Importantly, through our networks Achieve convenes not just a cross-section of leaders across states, but also a cross-section of leaders within states, including state K-12 and higher education leadership; policymakers from governors' offices, legislatures and state boards of education; district leaders; and third-party advocates from business- and community-based organizations. Our expertise in convening state leaders is best evidenced through our work managing the American Diploma Project Network, the PARCC consortium, and the Next Generation Science Standards development effort.

Provide Technical Assistance to States

We provide technical assistance to states on the design, development, adoption, implementation, and communications of their college- and career-ready standards, assessments, curriculum, and accountability systems.

Conduct Research and Development

Achieve regularly conducts R&D to help advance the work of states as well as the education reform community at large. Our research includes studies of high school graduation requirements, implementation strategies for the Common Core State Standards, state accountability models, and analyses of expectations from countries around the world. Our work doesn't stop with the publication of reports; we also develop tools that help states change policies and practices, such as rubrics and audits.

Offer Advocacy, Communications, and Outreach Tools and Support

Achieve has developed a range of advocacy resources that aim to address common concerns with college and career readiness. These help advocates develop, launch, and refine their own college- and career-ready communications and outreach plans, critical for sustaining the agenda.

ruling year

1997

President

Self-reported

Michael Cohen

Keywords

Self-reported

Advocacy, Assessments, EQuIP, NGSS, Communication, Outreach Tools, Research and Development, K-12, College- and Career-Ready

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Also Known As

Achieve

EIN

52-2006429

 Number

7166220538

Physical Address

1400 16th Street NW Suite 510

washington, DC 20036

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Support educators through high-quality, NGSS-designed instructional materials

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Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

High-quality instructional materials to improve science and career readiness

Not available

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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Program 3

Support NGSS implementation and instructional materials in California

Not available

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 4

Creating an environment supportive of competency based pathways

Not available

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 5

Network collaboration to support state adoption and implementation of the NGSS

Not available

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 6

Strategically increasing the availability of high-quality and aligned instructional materials and assessments designed for the NGSS

Not available

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 7

Support states in addressing the quality of their standards and state assessment systems as well as coalition and advocacy support to states in their ESSA development & implementation

Not available

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 8

Support a set of high-impact strategies for ensuring successful implementation of the CCSS and NGSS

Not available

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 9

Support the Student Assessment Inventory Tool

Not available

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 10

Support of the Coalition Support Network

Not available

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 11

Development of tools & capacity for external reviews of state assessments

Not available

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 12

Support for the development and dissemination of high-quality examples of instructional environmental sciences lessons or units designed for the NGSS

Not available

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Convene States and Leaders

Central to Achieve's work is our ability to convene leaders from across states to come together to share their experiences and tackle common challenges. Importantly, through our networks Achieve convenes not just a cross-section of leaders across states, but also a cross-section of leaders within states, including state K-12 and higher education leadership; policymakers from governors' offices, legislatures and state boards of education; district leaders; and third-party advocates from business- and community-based organizations. Our expertise in convening state leaders is best evidenced through our work managing the American Diploma Project Network, the PARCC consortium, and the Next Generation Science Standards development effort.

Provide Technical Assistance to States

We provide technical assistance to states on the design, development, adoption, implementation, and communications of their college- and career-ready standards, assessments, curriculum, and accountability systems.

Conduct Research and Development

Achieve regularly conducts R&D to help advance the work of states as well as the education reform community at large. Our research includes studies of high school graduation requirements, implementation strategies for the Common Core State Standards, state accountability models, and analyses of expectations from countries around the world. Our work doesn't stop with the publication of reports; we also develop tools that help states change policies and practices, such as rubrics and audits.

Offer Advocacy, Communications, and Outreach Tools and Support

Achieve has developed a range of advocacy resources that aim to address common concerns with college and career readiness. These help advocates develop, launch, and refine their own college- and career-ready communications and outreach plans, critical for sustaining the agenda.

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ACHIEVE INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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ACHIEVE INC

Leadership

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President

Michael Cohen

BIO

A nationally-recognized leader in education policy and standards-based reform, Michael Cohen became President of Achieve in 2003. He has held several key roles in education during the past 20+ years, including Director of Education Policy at the National Governors Association (1985-90) and Director of Planning and Policy Development at the National Association of State Boards of Education (1983-1985). During the Clinton Administration he served as Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Special Assistant to President Clinton for Education Policy, and Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley.

Created in 1996 by the nation's governors and corporate leaders, Achieve is an independent, bipartisan, non-profit education reform organization based in Washington, DC that helps states raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments and strengthen accountability so all students graduate ready for college, work and citizenship. Under Mike's leadership, Achieve launched the American Diploma Project Network, formed the Partnership for the Assessment of College and Career Readiness (PARCC) – one of two multi-state consortia developing common assessments – and helped develop the Common Core State Standards.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Michael Cohen

Achieve, Inc.

Term: 2003 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
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Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity