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.)
State-Set Limits on Superintendent Contracts PDF - Costly superintendent contract buy-outs and early terminations are increasingly in the news. This compilation captures both the landscape of current state policy and new elements that could help limit potential taxpayer liability and promote transparency in district leader contracts. (Kathy Christie, Education Commission of the States, August 2011)...
Leadership: What policies and/or practices matter most? - Access related research titles from the ECS Research Studies Database. Links embedded in titles will take you to each study's major findings and recommendations....
From the ECS State Policy Database: Leadership--District Superintendent--Compensation and Diversified Pay - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....
Strong Leaders, Strong Achievement: Model Policy for Producing the Leaders to Drive Student Success PDF - A good deal of research in the area of leadership has helped to generate broad agreement on what constitutes a comprehensive leadership program or policy. Positive measures such as the Educational Leadership Policy Standards (Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium, or ISLLC) have helped inform the development and improvement of many leadership programs and policies. The risk, however, is that in implementing a "comprehensive" set of standards or requirements, those elements noted by research as most critical to improving achievement can simply become another box on a check-off list. The purpose of this brief is to help reduce that risk by focusing on those factors most closely linked to student success. (Kathy Christie, Barbara Thompson and Gary Whiteley, Education Commission of the States, January 2009)...
From the ECS State Policy Database: Leadership--District Superintendent - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....