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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.)

Class Size

Class-Size Policies MS Word PDF - The logic behind keeping class size low is powerful: The fewer kids that teachers have to deal with in a classroom, the thinking goes, the more time they can focus on delivering high-quality individualized instruction. This ECS StateNote examines the characteristics and popularity of two similar approaches that states have chosen to keep classes small by using one of two approaches: Placing caps on the number of students that may be in one classroom; and enacting initiatives to reduce class size. (Kyle Zinth, Education Commission of the States, April 2010)...

Maximum P-12 Class-Size Policies MS Word PDF - The majority of states--36--currently have at least one policy via statute or regulation at the state level that places a limit on the number of students that may be in any one general-education classroom. This ECS StateNote examines these policies. (Kyle Zinth, Education Commission of the States, November 2009)...

State Policies Focusing on Class-size Reduction PDF - This document updates a 2005 ECS StateNote, providing a detailed look at class-size reduction initiatives in 23 states, including information about funding and legislative provisions. (Kyle Zinth, Education Commission of the States, September 2009)...

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

Online Databases
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p-3 archived databases
kindergarten artscan
k-12 choice
charter highly qualified requirements for special ed
choice-open enrollment NCLB
citizen-ed NCLB snaps
dual kindergarten
high school leadership
K-12 Paraprofessionals: Explore our findings for Title I Instructional Paraprofessional qualifications and certification requirements, paraprofessional professional development programs and state assessments for paraprofessionals.
school accountability literacy
service-learning teacher certification
teacher tenure teacher comp
postsecondary Teacher Professional Development
blueprint teacher prep
Postsecondary special-ed teacher certification
transfer and articulation dual
charter
 
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