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Research Studies provide concise, bulleted Findings, Policy Implications, and Recommendations on key issues, such as:

  • High school rigor and exit exams
  • Better serving English language learners
  • Boosting reading and math achievement
  • College entry and completion
  • Reducing dropout rates and increasing graduation rates
  • And many more!  (Go to the database.)

progress of education reform
progress of ed reformThe Progress of Education Reform addresses the hottest education issue and provides information in a concise and easy-to-read format based on the most recent studies and reports.

ECS Document Collections
ECS regularly issues useful compilations, summaries and/or comparisons of state policies—enacted or pending—on a wide variety of education topics, listed on the right. For a list of our most current documents, please see our What's New page.

Please use the links below to download PDFs that include all the documents for a given year.

If you'd like to order a print copy, contact the ECS Distribution Center at 303.299.3692 or jivey@ecs.org.

Reprint Permission
ECS is pleased to have other organizations or individuals share its materials with their constituents. To request permission to excerpt part of our publications either in print
or electronically, please e-mail ecs@ecs.org, subject: Reprint Permission. State the full name of the document, and supply detail about how the permission will be used (audience, quantity, etc).  A response will be provided within 24 hours.

 

 

ECS Policy Analysis Topics:

(Note: Not all topics have an ECS document associated with them. If you are looking for information on a specific topic, you can use our search function.)

School Safety

School Safety in a Post-Sandy Hook World - A review of school safety after Sandy Hook discusses threats, responses and focuses on reliable best practices. Policy and funding are covered - things to avoid and meaningful ideas to consider at the state level. (Kenneth S. Trump, Education Commission of the States, July 2014)...

States respond to school safety concerns with 2013 legislation PDF - ECS conducted a scan of school safety-related laws passed in 2013 legislative sessions to better understand trends in policy. This report highlights the ongoing efforts of lawmakers to provide students with safe places to learn. (Micah Ann Wixom, ECS, February 2014)...

Youth Violence: A Policymakers' Guide PDF - Youth Violence: A Policymakers' Guide: ECS published Youth Violence: A Policymakers' Guide in 1996, but many parts of it remain relevant. In particular, note the Level of Risk Continuum on pages 10-11. Ranging from "Life Threatening Risks" to "Risks Related to Personal and Social Self-Determination," the continuum remains one of the best school audit tools ECS has found. (ECS, 1996)...

Resources for State Leaders Seeking to Improve School Safety PDF - In the wake of the December 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, governors, legislators, and education leaders from across the country signaled their intentions to pursue legislation and policy to improve school safety. The purpose of this ECS Alert is to provide our constituents with quick access to resources and information on potential policies directly related to school safety. The following report contain descriptions and links, sorted by topic, from ECS and other organizations....

Bullying and Open Enrollment PDF - Some state anti-bullying policies require districts to adopt strategies to protect students who have been bullied from further victimization. A few states go one step further, adopting specialized interdistrict transfer policies to allow victims of bullying to enroll in another school district, or allowing for the transfer of bullies themselves. This report describes state policies to allow bullying victims, or bullies themselves, to transfer to another school or district. (Jennifer Dounay Zinth, November 2011)...

State Anti-Bullying Policies: A National Landscape PDF - This PowerPoint presentation outlines anti-bullying policies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Presentation was made to the 2011 National Conference of State Legislators Legislative Summit in San Antonio, Texas on August 9, 2011. (Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Education Commission of the States, August 2011)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: School Safety - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: School Safety--Discipline/Code of Conduct - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

State Procedural Due Process Provisions for Out-of-School Suspensions MS Word PDF - In its 1975 ruling on Goss v. Lopez, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that students had a right to due process protections under the U.S. Constitution for out-of-school suspensions that were less than 10 days. This ECS Highlights document summarizes a recent study by Perry Zirkel and Mark Covelle that examined state laws in the wake of the Goss decision. (Kyle Zinth, Education Commission of the States, May 2010)...

School Uniforms and Dress Codes: State Policies PDF - This StateNote lists state policies on school uniforms and dress codes. No states mandate the use of school uniforms. Twenty-three states give local districts the authority to require students to wear uniforms. Indiana, Iowa and New Hampshire authorize local districts to establish dress codes, but do not mention uniforms in the state statute. Massachusetts’ law prohibits dress codes. (Michael Colasanti, Education Commission of the States, March 2008)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: School Safety--Emergency Preparedness - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

State Anti-bullying Statutes MS Word PDF - Bullying by students on school grounds, a subject of renewed interest for state policymakers in recent years, was most recently brought to the national spotlight by the highly publicized school shootings of the late 1990s, in which the shooters were reported to be the victims of bullies at the school. This ECS StateNote examines state policies regarding bullying by students on school property, discussing the number of states with such policies and the components of existing anti-bullying policies. It also lists the components of comprehensive anti-bullying policies and provides statutory information for all bullying statutes. (Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, April 2005)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: School Safety--Special Education - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: School Safety--No Child Left Behind--Safe Schools - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: School Safety--Bullying Prevention/Conflict Resolution - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: School Safety--Corporal Punishment - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: School Safety--Expulsion/Suspension - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: School Safety--Sexual Harassment and Assault - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: School Safety--Uniforms/Dress Codes - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

The Dress Code Debate and School Uniform Movement: A Selected Bibliography MS Word - A comprehensive bibliography on the subject of the dress code debate and school uniform movement. (Education Commission of the States, July 1998) ...

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