Selected Education Websites
Selected Education Websites
The following is a selective list of Internet resources in Education. Being a work-in-progress,
this list will grow as more resources are identified. If you would like to recommend a resource for
inclusion or offer suggestions for the site, please email:
Nancy O'Brien, Head Librarian, Social Sciences, Health, and
Education Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Much additional information can be found by using internet search engines such as Google.
Remember to view internet resources with the same discrimination as one would a traditional source.
Be aware of the author's biases and the currency of the information.
Illinois Education Resources
International Education Resources
National Education Resources
Learning-Theories.com - This site offers an index
of learning theories and models, related definitions and paradigms. All learning theories entries
allow users to leave comments to suggest additional resources or provide more information. A RSS
feed is available to monitor additions to the site.
Theory Into Practice Database - "The Theory Into
Practice (TIP) database contains descriptions of 50 theories relevant to human learning and
instruction. Each description includes the following sections: overview, scope/application,
example, principles, and references. Relationships between theories are identified by highlighted
text within articles. These relationships can be connections between specific theories or to
concepts that underly a number of theories. The theories are also indexed according to content
domain and type of learning. Some theories also include brief video clips."
- The Boyer Commission on Educating Undergraduates in the Research University. "
Reinventing Undergraduate Education: Three Years after
the Boyer Report." (2001) - Three years after the original
1998 Boyer report
[http://naples.cc.sunysb.edu/Pres/boyer.nsf] examined the major flaws in undergraduate education,
the Boyer Commission surveyed American research universities to examine what progress and
improvements had been made. This 2001 report offers survey results and statistics of the current
state of undergraduate education at research universities. It also looks forward to what steps must
be taken next.
BrainTrack - BrainTrack is an online directory of the
world's universities and colleges, offering information about universities, polytechnics, colleges
and other higher educational institutions from over 190 countries.
Carnegie Classification of Institutions of
Higher Education - The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching publishes
Carnegie Classification, the framework and leading typology in which institutional
diversity in U.S. higher education is commonly described.
of Higher Education - This online version of the print serial covers the current weeks
developments in education. Includes educational statistics, and a searchable listing of the job
advertisements appearing in that week's
CollegeStats.org - The college and university data on this
site are driven and organized by quantitative data such as tuition costs, student population
demographics, and degrees offered. Colleges can be searched by size, age, cost, demographics,
or even by accredited online degrees. It also runs a
blog with articles about higher education,
admissions, and testing with additional information. Much of the data is collected from the
National Center for Education Statistics, but the source of the rest of their data is unknown (See
Economic Value of College Majors - Georgetown
University researchers offer salary ranges of college graduates based on their majors.
Comparisons are made across major groups such as Arts, Business, and Engineering and include
comparisons of specific majors within those groups. The
interactive summary tables offer statistics
comparing wages between gender and racial/ethnic groups.
General Education Online - Designed for researchers and
students, this comprehensive site offers links to higher education facilities throughout the world
and includes over 160 countries.
Grapevine: An Annual Compilation of Data on
State Tax Appropriations for the General Operation of Higher Education - Provides an annual
compilation of data on state tax support for higher education, including general fund
appropriations for universities, colleges, community colleges, and state higher education agencies.
Includes tables with appropriations per capita; state rankings on percentage changes; and several
other categories. A 50-state summary table showing total state tax appropriations for the current
year and percent changes over time is also provided.
Measuring Up: The State by State Report Card
for Higher Education- This report card evaluates systems of higher education by state, allowing
the user to compare different states' scores or look at a more detailed review of an individual
state. Each state is rated and reviewed in six categories: preparation for college, participation
in college, affordability, benefits, college completion rates, and student learning. Also of
interest is a report entitled
Summary and Review of
Measuring Up 2000: The State-by-State Report Card for Higher Education. Composed by the
Illinois Board of Higher Education, this document provides a detailed review and analysis of
Illinois' ratings in Measuring Up 2000 and a brief history of Illinois' strive for excellence in
National Center for Public Policy and Higher
Education - The Center presents reports and publications on state policies on higher education,
state spending on higher education and surveys of the public's perceptions of higher education
listed by state.
State Policy Inventory Database Online (SPIDO) - A
database of higher education policy issues, searchable by state or by policy issue, designed to
provide state policy makers, educational leaders, and education consumers with policies in critical
areas that most directly impact student achievement, access, and success in higher education.
Provides access to topics such as articulation and alignment, student financial aid, teacher
quality initiatives, and so on. Includes links to each state's higher education board, other
relevant state agencies, and specific statutes or higher education board policies, with directions
for locating the full text.
Trends in College Spending (TCS) Online - This
interactive web-based data system provides easy access to information on spending, revenues,
productivity, and enrollment in individual higher education institutions, groups of institutions,
or the nation as a whole. The TCS system allows institutional-level comparisons with national
Illinois Education Resources
Illinois Interactive Report Card - This website
is created at Northern Illinois University with support from the Illinois State Board of Education
and allows searching for schools in Illinois and provides statistical information, including test
scores, demographics and expenditures. Each school lists Adequate Yearly Progress Report and more
information specific to that school. This site also contains information about Illinois education
Illinois School Reform Resource
Locator - "... provides access to and information about school reform initiatives in the state
of Illinois, including local initiatives, as well as national school reform efforts at the
kindergarten through grade 12 levels."
Illinois State Board of Education - Information
available for teachers and parents about Illinois schools, learning standards, funding
opportunities, and more.
National Education Resources
National Assessment of Educational Progress
(NAEP)- NAEP is charged by Congress to monitor the knowledge, skills, and performance of the
nation's children. NAEP provides objective data about student performance at national, regional,
and state levels.
National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)- The National
Center for Learning Disabilities provides support for children and adults with learning
disabilities (LD). They provide information, resources, and referral services to those affected
with LD, and to educators who work with those having learning disabilities. The site contains quick
facts about LD, links to research and news about LD, and information on coping and succeeding with
LD. The site is updated regularly.
National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and
Language Instruction Educational Programs (NCELA) - Formerly known as the National
Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education (NCBE), NCELA collects, analyzes and disseminates information
related to linguistically and culturally diverse students in the United States. Their web site
includes an online library with full-text of NCBE publications, access to NCELA databases, and
links to other sites related to language, culture, and education.
United States Department of Education - The Internet home of the
Department of Education contains a wealth of resources, including education research and statistics
and information on federal education policy.
International Education Resources
Education-Line: Electronic Texts in
Education and Training - This "electronic archive of 'grey' (report, conference, working paper)
and 'pre-print' literature in the field of education and training" is provided by the British
Education Index. Searchable by keyword and by BEI thesaurus terms, this database provides access to
over 1,000 papers presented at British research conferences and elsewhere. Provides links to
searchable paper files from conferences sponsored by the British Educational Research Association,
the European Conference on Educational Research, and others.
EURYDICE: The Information Network on
Education in Europe - This comprehensive site offers information about the national education
systems and policies throughout Europe. Included in the site are comparative analyis reports, key
statistics, education reference tools, and news. Also useful is the link to
database that contains historical backgrounds and analyses of the various education systems of
The Center for Education Reform - The Center
for Education Reform (CER) provides information on charter schools and public schools. This site
provides information on schools in all fifty states. This site also contains recent education news
about reform and job listings searchable by state.
Common Core of Data (CCD): Information on Public
Schools and School Districts in the United States - From the National Center for Education
Statistics, this site offers search tools and data resources containing basic information and
statistics on public elementary and secondary schools as well as on schooling in general. It allows
the user to search for public schools and school districts, compare the finances of a school
district with its peers, and create customized tables for schools, districts, and states over
Search for Schools, Colleges, and Libraries - From
the National Center for Education Statistics, this site allows you to locate educational
institutions in the U.S. by name, state, city, or zip code. Searches can be limited to public
schools, private schools, colleges, or public libraries. Information provided for schools includes
address, enrollment, demographics, and student-teacher ratio.
Bank Street Thinkers - Selected
publications from the innovative Bureau of Educational Experiments, which evolved into Bank Street
College are available in digitized format on this site. These articles represent the work of the
institution from its earliest days as a leader in progressive education. They cover geography,
social studies, language, the supervision of beginning teachers, the history of Bank Street, and
Certification Map - Certification Map lists the
requirements needed to become a teacher in all 50 states, as well as salary range, prerequisites
and testing information.
EdHelper - The latest education news, education business
news, and links to other related sites are collected and updated regularly on this site. In
addition, this site provides lesson plans in a variety of areas including math, writing, reading,
science, technology, and social studies.
Education Resources - from the
Digital Librarian: a librarian's choice of the best of the Web
Education World - "... an information source on the
Web with news from USA Today, monthly site reviews and employment listings to keep educators up to
date. ...original content such as lesson plans, articles written by education experts, and
information on how to make the best use of technology in the classroom ...."
FREE: Federal Resources for Educational Excellence - Offers
free educational web resources for teachers and students to use in the classroom sponsored through
over 30 federal agencies. The web resources are organized into subject areas and it offers a
variety of special collections.
Methods Web Resources- This site offers wide range of web resources in the following subject
areas of Art; English/Language Arts; Foreign Languages; history/Social Studies; Mathematics;
Science; Physical education; Vocational Education; and Global Education.