National Center on Educational Outcomes

The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) helps students with disabilities, English learners (ELs), and ELs with disabilities by:

  • Collecting, analyzing, synthesizing, disseminating, and providing leadership on evidence-based information on inclusive assessments and comprehensive assessment systems.
  • Promoting the use of assessments for instructional decision-making purposes.
  • Assisting states in their efforts to support districts to improve results.
  • Reviewing the participation and performance of students in national and state assessments, including the use of accessibility features and accommodations and alternate assessments.
  • Examining national and state practices in reporting assessment information.
  • Supporting implementation of U.S. Department of Education accountability systems, including ESEA accountability and IDEA State Systemic Improvement Plans (SSIPs) and State-Identified Measurable Results (SIMRs).
  • Bridging general education, special education, English as a Second Language or bilingual education, and other systems as they work to improve results of education for all students.

Director(s): Martha Thurlow

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Specialty Area

  • English Language Learners
  • Measuring Student Growth

Primary Audience

  • State Education Agencies


  • Research



All States

Level of Support


Additional Information

Other Services Provided: Technical assistance on assessment related topics

Other Specialty Areas: Assessment; Accountability; Accessibility and Accommodations; Alternative Assessments