The Center for the Study of Education Policy (CSEP) is housed in the College of Education at Illinois State University.
CSEP faculty and professional staff conduct applied research, sponsored projects and evaluations to inform local, state and national policymakers and practitioners regarding improvements to Pre-K through higher education (“P-20” education). CSEP research and practice emphasizes several key themes:
The importance of “seamless” P-20 education pathways with smooth transitions for students, with special emphasis on early learning and the high school to college interface.
The key roles of school and district leaders in improving student outcomes, and ways to support their high-quality preparation and professional growth.
Support for teachers and teacher teams pursuing National Board Certification.
Conducting policy research and facilitating policy development with multiple stakeholders.
Embedding high-quality evaluation processes within cycles of continuous improvement.
Use of collective impact principles to implement collaborative educational improvement projects.
CSEP’s work is funded through state and federal grants, state and private contracts, and a range of private foundation grants.