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.)
The 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 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.
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(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.)
|Common Core State Standards and Assessments
Assessment Opt-Out Policies: State responses to parent pushback - Confusion is growing as parents increasingly want to opt their children out of state tests. Some state policies are clear on this issue, but many are still working through the process. This ECS Education Trends report highlights the myriad ways states are addressing this hot-button issue. (Stephanie Aragon, Julie Rowland and Micah Ann Wixom, ECS, February 2015) ...
50 Ways to Test: A look at state summative assessments in 2014-15 - This document provides a high-level overview of the two testing consortia and federal testing requirements, and then provides a snapshot of what assessments are planned in each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., during the 2014-15 academic year. (Tonette Salazar, ECS, November 2014)...
States and the (not so) new standards -- where are they now? - There has been a flurry of activity around the Common Core State Standards, and while it seems the landscape is changing all the time, there has been very limited change in state standards. This report captures a snapshot of where states currently stand in regard to those standards. (Kathy Christie and Tonette Salazar, ECS, September 2014) ...
States and the (not so) new standards – where are they now? - This brief provides a sampling of state legislative activity and executive branch action around the CCSS in 2013 and through June 20, 2014. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list; rather, it is narrowly focused on the single issue of state continuation with – or exit from – the Common Core. Activity around assessing the standards is not included. (Salazar and Christie, ECS, June 2014)...
12 for 2012 - 12 for 2012 is an ECS “read of the field,” built on our scrutiny of new reports and research, and our analysis of emerging drivers of change. The 12 policy areas do not represent an exhaustive list of the critical issues for the coming year, nor is this report intended to dictate your education policy priorities for 2012. Rather, 12 for 2012 is intended to stimulate thinking around how best to craft the “2.0” of powerful policy across the states. (ECS, 2012)...
From the ECS State Policy Database: Common Core State Standards and Assessments - 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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