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Here is how the Education Industry Association describes itself:


Overview of the Education Industry Association

Education is rapidly becoming a $1 trillion industry, representing 10% of America's GNP and second in size only to the health care industry. Federal and State expenditures on education exceed $750 billion. Education companies, with over $80 billion in annual revenues, already constitute a large sector in the education arena.

The education industry plays an increasingly important role in supporting public education by meeting the demand for products and services that both complement and supplement basic education services. These include after-school tutoring providers, school improvement and management services, charter schools, alternative education and special education services, professional development for teachers and administrators, educational content providers and suppliers, as well as rapidly growing private providers of undergraduate and graduate education.

Early entrepreneurs from these organizations turned to each other for peer support, networking, professional development and advocacy and formed the Association of Educators in Private Practice (AEPP) in 1990. In 2002, the organization was renamed the Education Industry Association (EIA) to reflect the breadth of enterprises engaged in market-based education services.

Today, the EIA, with over 800 corporate and individual members, is the leading professional association for private providers of education services, suppliers and other private organizations who are stakeholders in education.


Take a look at their links.

And their business listings


from: Education Industry Association

Dear Editor of the Chicago Sun Times:

The Education Industry Association (EIA) welcomes Mayor Daley’s ongoing support of federally funded tutoring under “No Child Left Behind” for Chicago’s most at-risk students Mayor: Tutoring Money Well-Spent, May 16).

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has led by example almost all other large urban school districts nationwide in maximizing enrollment rates, making supplemental educational services (SES) available last year to 56,000 Chicago students who attend underperforming schools. A cross-section of providers who delivered at least 30 hours of after-school tutoring to each, including the school district’s own tutoring program, has helped CPS students address reading and mathematics skills, enhanced their enthusiasm for learning, and received rave reviews from their parents.

Now, however, it seems that CPS wants it both ways, claiming better results for its own SES tutoring program while questioning the use of federally mandated and funded tutoring as a tool for school improvement.

But the tutoring equivalent of about one week of regular classroom instruction was never intended to be a panacea for low standardized test scores, especially when so many other factors influence student performance on state tests. Dr. Steven Ross of the University of Memphis, a prominent education researcher who is currently conducting comprehensive SES evaluation studies in 11 states, including Illinois, indicates that while SES, by itself, is likely to have small influences on state standardized test scores, the tutoring program’s impact should also be measured in terms of parent satisfaction, principal and teacher opinions, and compliance issues related to program implementation. EIA has called for a national study of SES, using Ross’ evaluation rubric and a matched comparison group, to obtain a true picture of how well the program is working.

It would be a pity if the terrific job CPS and our members have accomplished in delivering high-quality tutoring services to so many of Chicago’s deserving students were reduced to a simplistic “pass/fail” score on a single standardized exam score, which is too blunt of an instrument to truly detect student progress from tutoring. Indeed, we urge the Sun-Times to speak to the tens of thousands of Chicago parents who see federally funded tutoring as helpful to accomplishing a goal we all share: improving the academic performance of our children, and giving them more hope for a better future.



— Steven Pines, Executive Director, Education Industry Assoc.
Chicago Sun-Times
2007-05-18


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