Firm to Work with Westat, Inc., and Mathematica Policy Research in Measuring Approaches to College and Career Readiness

Washington, D.C. – edCount, LLC, a research firm dedicated to supporting policy development, program evaluations and assessments, announced today that it is joining with Westat, Inc., and Mathematica Policy Research to support an evaluation of the implementation of Titles I and II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965.

Westat was awarded a five-year contract by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education to analyze the implications of reauthorization on state and local policies, programs, and student outcomes. The evaluation will examine how states, districts, and schools use Title I and Title II funds and will identify trends in student outcomes over a five-year period from 2012 to 2017.

edCount will design data collection instruments to examine district-level approaches for encouraging college and career readiness, will collect survey data from districts and schools, and will conduct comprehensive qualitiative and quantitative analyses of the survey data, as well as prepare reports documenting its findings.

“It’s essential that Congress, the states, districts, schools and educators alike have evidence-based information on how and whether ESEA funds are being used effectively to implement policies that serve the needs of all children, ” said Ellen Forte, president and founder of edCount. “Documenting that evidence is what our research and analyses will contribute to crucial areas of this project.”

About edCount

edCount is a woman-owned professional services firm providing education consulting services to federal, state, district, and school clients centered around instructional systems and capacity building, assessment implementation and evaluation, and policy evaluation and support. For more information, please visit