Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy describes how your personal information is collected, used, and shared when you visit or make a purchase from (the “Site”).

When you visit the Site, we automatically collect certain information about your device, including information about your web browser, IP address, time zone, and some of the cookies that are installed on your device. Additionally, as you browse the Site, we collect information about the individual web pages or products that you view, what websites or search terms referred you to the Site, and information about how you interact with the Site. We refer to this automatically-collected information as “Device Information”.

We collect Device Information using the following technologies:
– “Cookies” are data files that are placed on your device or computer and often include an anonymous unique identifier. For more information about cookies, and how to disable cookies, visit
– “Log files” track actions occurring on the Site, and collect data including your IP address, browser type, Internet service provider, referring/exit pages, and date/time stamps.
– “Web beacons”, “tags”, and “pixels” are electronic files used to record information about how you browse the Site.

When we talk about “Personal Information” in this Privacy Policy, we are talking both about Device Information and Order Information.

We use the Order Information that we collect generally to fulfill any orders placed through the Site (including processing your payment information, arranging for shipping, and providing you with invoices and/or order confirmations). Additionally, we use this Order Information to:
– Communicate with you;
– Screen our orders for potential risk or fraud; and
– When in line with the preferences you have shared with us, provide you with information or advertising relating to our products or services.
We use the Device Information that we collect to help us screen for potential risk and fraud (in particular, your IP address), and more generally to improve and optimize our Site (for example, by generating analytics about how our customers browse and interact with the Site, and to assess the success of our marketing and advertising campaigns).

We share your Personal Information with third parties to help us use your Personal Information, as described above.We use Google Analytics to help us understand how our customers use the Site — you can read more about how Google uses your Personal Information here: You can also opt-out of Google Analytics here:
Finally, we may also share your Personal Information to comply with applicable laws and regulations, to respond to a subpoena, search warrant or other lawful request for information we receive, or to otherwise protect our rights.

As described above, we use your Personal Information to provide you with targeted advertisements or marketing communications we believe may be of interest to you. For more information about how targeted advertising works, you can visit the Network Advertising Initiative’s (“NAI”) educational page at

You can opt out of targeted advertising by using the links below:
– Facebook:
– Google:
– Bing:
Additionally, you can opt out of some of these services by visiting the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out portal at:

Please note that we do not alter our Site’s data collection and use practices when we see a Do Not Track signal from your browser.

If you are a European resident, you have the right to access personal information we hold about you and to ask that your personal information be corrected, updated, or deleted. If you would like to exercise this right, please contact us through the contact information below.
Additionally, if you are a European resident we note that we are processing your information in order to fulfill contracts we might have with you (for example if you make an order through the Site), or otherwise to pursue our legitimate business interests listed above. Additionally, please note that your information will be transferred outside of Europe, including to Canada and the United States.

We may update this privacy policy from time to time in order to reflect, for example, changes to our practices or for other operational, legal or regulatory reasons.

For more information about our privacy practices, if you have questions, or if you would like to make a complaint, please contact us by e‑mail at or by mail using the details provided below:
Great Schools Partnership
[Re: Privacy Compliance Officer]
482 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101

Who We Are

The Glossary of Education Reform is a service of the Great Schools Partnership, a nonprofit school-support organization based in Portland, Maine. It is produced in collaboration with the Education Writers Association, a national professional organization for journalists and media professionals specializing in education, and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the largest philanthropy in New England focused exclusively on education.

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In other words, you can republish or repurpose our content if you (1) credit the Glossary and Great Schools Partnership as the original author of the content; (2) the republished or repurposed content cannot be sold or used commercially in any way; and (3) modifications to the content are allowed, but all modified content must also carry a Creative Commons license so that others can republish and repurpose it. That’s right: Go ahead and use our content if it helps you out!

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Defining “Reform” (and Disclaimer)

Undoubtedly, the term “reform” is as overused in public conversations and news stories about education as it is in coverage of elections, health care, immigration, and taxes. The creators of this resource are not big fans of the term. That said, the term’s very overuse renders it more or less the dominant word used in reference to policies, programs, and other efforts being made to improve public schools. In this resource, the word “reform” is used (albeit reluctantly) in its broadest possible sense: to refer to anything that politicians, policy makers, government agencies, school leaders, teachers, or other educational reformers, experts, and specialists may be doing—either effectively or ineffectively—to improve public school performance, teaching effectiveness, or educational results for students. School improvement, school redesign, educational transformation—there are many alternative terms that are synonymous to varying degrees. For the time being, though, it appears we are stuck with reform. We decided to make peace with it and just move on.

The Glossary of Education Reform was created by the Great Schools Partnership, a nonprofit school-support organization based in Portland, Maine, and the Education Writers Association, a national professional organization for journalists and media professionals specializing in education.

The project is funded by grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.