National and International Partners

Cambridge International Examinations

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is part of the University of Cambridge. CIE prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. CIE's international qualifications are recognized by the world's best universities and employers, giving students better options in their education and career. As a not-for-profit organization, CIE devotes resources to delivering high-quality educational programs that can unlock students' potential.


A pioneer in the application of behavioral economics to public data analysis, Gallup has been working closely with the Center since they were commissioned to conduct the Gallup Arizona Poll in 2008-09. A new partnership, Gallup Analytics, gives CFA access in real time to all data captured across 4 other ongoing studies -- the Gallup World Poll, the Gallup U.S. Daily Tracking Poll, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index and the Gallup State of the State reports. CFA is committed to making the data available to leaders, citizens and organizations statewide on a regular basis.

National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC)

NCoC is chartered by Congress to provide national and state-level findings on the nation’s only comprehensive civic health index. It continuously explores what shapes today’s citizenry, defines the evolving role of the individual in democracy and uncovers ways to motivate greater participation. CFA has partnered with NCoC for 5 years to capture data for the Arizona Civic Health Index. The most current data is included in this report. The findings are based on analysis of U.S. Census Current Population Survey (CPS) data performed by the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts.

National Institute for School Leadership (NISL)

NISL, a division of Criterion Education, offers the most efficient programs proven to improve student achievement at scale:

  • Rigorous training in our Executive Development Program for School Leaders
  • Targeted programs for high-priority challenges
  • Capacity building for states, districts and schools, using a proven train-the-trainer model

The National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE)

NCEE was created in 1988 to analyze the implications of changes in the international economy for American education, to formulate an agenda based on that analysis and to seek wherever possible how to accomplish the agenda through policy change and development of the resources educators need to carry it out.  Since 2009, CFA has partnered with NCEE on the Move On When Ready initiative. This initiative is part of the national Excellence for All effort, and NCEE continues to provide national leadership and technical support.

Jobs for the Future (JFF)

Founded in 1983, JFF works with communities nationwide to design and drive the adoption of education and career pathways leading from college readiness in high school to career advancement for those struggling to succeed in today’s economy. In June 2014, Arizona joined the Pathways to Prosperity Network, a multi-state initiative led by JFF and Harvard Graduate School of Education. . The goal is to increase the number of young Arizonans who complete high school, attain a postsecondary credential with value in the labor market, and get launched in a high demand, high wage occupation that also provides the basis for more education and career advancement. CFA leads the JFF Pathways to Prosperity work in Arizona.

Lumina Foundation

The Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina focuses on helping to design and build an accessible, responsive and accountable higher education system while fostering a national sense of urgency for action. CFA is working with Lumina to shape policies and practices for improving competency-based education as a new model for delivering flexible pathways for students to earn a degree. CFA is also part of a growing coalition of Arizona entities working to encourage state leaders to adopt an attainment goal and implementation plans that are challenging, quantifiable, long-term and address attainment gaps for underrepresented populations through State Strategy Labs supported by Lumina.

New America

New America is dedicated to the renewal of American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the Digital Age. New America carries out its mission as a nonprofit civic enterprise: an intellectual venture capital fund, think tank, technology laboratory, public forum, and media platform. New America's hallmarks are big ideas, impartial analysis, pragmatic policy solutions, technological innovation, next generation politics, and creative engagement with broad audiences.