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Online Reference Sources

A guide to the variety of electronic reference resources available to the ESU community.


CBC Diversity: Resources for Teachers and Librarians
The CBC Diversity initiative was founded in 2012 as part of the Children’s Book Council’s commitment to promoting diverse voices in literature for young people. This website provides a list of resources for educators and librarians to enrich their students’ reading through diverse literature.

Educational Opportunity Project at Stanford University
The Educational Opportunity Project is a national database of academic performance. View charts and maps that show how counties, school districts, and individual schools score on the three metrics of average test scores, learning rates, and trends in test scores. You can also filter by demographics, explore opportunity gaps, export PDF reports, and more.

National Center for Education Statistics
NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally.

Literacy Glossary (International Literacy Association)
Curated by a team of literacy experts, including members of ILA's Literacy Research Panel, the Literacy Glossary contains fundamental literacy terms necessary to critical discussions on literacy research and instruction.

National Science Teachers Association: Freebies for Science Teachers
This is a searchable database of hundreds of free educational resources for the science classroom.

Open Syllabus Explorer
From Columbia University, the Open Syllabus Project collects and analyzes millions of syllabi to support educational research and novel teaching and learning applications. Researchers can dive into schools and fields, look at how the adoption of texts changes over time, and compare how teaching varies in different countries.

State Contacts
From the U.S. Department of Education, this database contains contact information for the department of education, higher education agency, special education agency and adult education agency in each state, commonwealth, and territory.