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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.

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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.)

Attendance

Compulsory School Age Requirements PDF - The states vary in the number of years students are compelled to attend school—from a low of nine years to a high of 13 years. However, nearly half of all states allow children ranging from ages 14-18 to be exempt from the compulsory attendance requirement if they meet certain stipulations such as parent permission or the attainment of an alternative education. (Marga Mikulecky, Education Commission of the States, April 2013) ...

School Attendance Age Limits PDF - Most states have laws regarding the minimum and maximum ages when a person must be admitted to a public school by law without charge. Though some states have either not set a maximum age limit to which free education must be provided or have left that determination up to the local education agency, all states (including Washington, D.C.) have implemented laws setting minimum age limits. (Marga Mikulecky, Education Commission of the States, April 2013) ...

Truancy and Habitual Truancy: Examples of State Definitions PDF - For the most part, compulsory attendance laws do not specify the number of times a student must be truant before sanctions (also part of the compulsory attendance laws) are enforced. This ECS StateNote provides examples of states where truancy and habitual truancy are defined at the state level. (Dinah Frey, Education Commission of the States, April 2011)...

State Policy Approaches to Reducing Truancy PDF - This ECS StateNote examines state truancy policy to determine: (1) When an "absence" becomes "truancy"; (2) Distinctions between early grades upper grades; (3) Consequences for parents and secondary-level students; (4) How schools are being held accountable for encouraging and enforcing attendance; and (5) How schools are being more proactive to end truancy. (Dinah Frey, Education Commission of the States, March 2011)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: Attendance--Statutory Ages (Upper and Lower) - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

Compulsory School Age Requirements MS Word PDF - This ECS StateNote lists compulsory school attendance ages for each state. (Education Commission of the States, Updated June 2010)...

Progress of Education Reform: Chronic Early Absence PDF - This issue of The Progress of Education Reform looks at two recent research studies on the issue of chronic early absence and addresses the following: 1) What are the impacts of chronic early absence? 2) Why has it been overlooked? 3) What contributes to chronic early absence? and 4) What can be done to reduce chronic absence in the early grades? (Mimi Howard, Education Commission of the States, March 2010)...

No Pass No Play MS Word PDF - No Pass No Play” refers to policies in states that define eligibility for extracurricular activities and athletics based on academic performance, attendance and student behavior. Currently, 16 states have No Pass No Play policies that affect students statewide. This ECS StateNote provides information on the specific policies of each state with No Pass No Play. (Michael Colasanti, Education Commission of the States, February 2008)...

Sanctions on Driving Privileges MS Word PDF - This ECS StateNote identifies the 27 states that tie driving privileges to school attendance and/or academic performance. The report includes the specific state policies in place and offers tips to policymakers who are considering legislation. (Michael Colasanti, Education Commission of the States, July 2007)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: Attendance - 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: Attendance--Compulsory - 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: Attendance--Truancy/Chronic Absence - 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: Demographics--Enrollments - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

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