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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From the ECS State Policy Database: Curriculum--Computer Science - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....
Iron Range Engineering PDF - The third in a series on rural education issues, this brief looks at engineering education in northeastern Minnesota. A program called Iron Range Engineering keeps youth closer to home and provides local industry with a steady stream on engineers. The National Academy of Engineering called for such a school in 2005, but few programs left lecture-hall learning for hands-on until Iron Range made the switch. Before then, engineering education hadn't change in 60 years. (Carol Kreck, ECS, November 2013)...
High-Quality Service-Learning Opens the Door for Students’ Entry into STEM Fields PDF - Based on a project that examined 19 schools, NCLC has gathered information on the relationship between STEM-focused service-learning and student interest and performance in STEM-related courses and careers. The findings of this evaluation suggest that STEM-related service-learning is a powerful tool for schools to use to drive student performance and interest in STEM fields. (Paul Baumann, ECS, May 2013)...
How Thinking in Pictures Provides Perspective - Hear what Temple Grandin had to say at the 2011 ECS National Forum on Education Policy about what matters most to helping all kids succeed....
STEM Performance PDF - This issue of The Progress of Education Reform identifies promising and research-based approaches for enhancing student interest and achievement in STEM disciplines, including approaches that come with a smaller state-budget price tag. (Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Education Commission of the States, February 2011)...
High School-Level STEM Initiatives - This database provides information on a variety of state efforts intended to increase student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in grades 9-12. (Kyle Zinth, Education Commission of the States, June 2008)...
From the ECS State Policy Database: STEM - 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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