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.)
From the ECS State Policy Database: High School--Credit Recovery - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....
Third Grade Reading Policies PDF - This paper outlines state policies relating to 3rd-grade reading proficiency, including identification of, intervention for, and retention of struggling readers in the P-3 grades. The paper provides a state-by-state policy summary, sample statutory language, and highlights from bills enacted this year. (Stephanie Rose, ECS, August 2012)
The Progress of Education Reform: Credit Recovery and Proficiency-Based Credit PDF -
This issue of The Progress of Education Reform will address the following questions:
- What is credit recovery? What is proficiency-based credit?
- How is credit recovery different from traditional remediation?
- Why does providing for these options matter for high school completion?
- How widespread are these options across the states? And what do state policies look like?
- What are the challenges in implementing credit recovery and proficiency-based credit
- What does the research say on the effectiveness of credit recovery and proficiency-based
- What are the essential policy components?
(Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Education Commission of the States, June 2011)...
Student Support and Remediation - This database provides 50-state information on high school-level remediation policies, and on alternative approaches to allow at-risk students and returning dropouts earn a high school diploma. (Kyle Zinth and Melodye Bush, Education Commission of the States, June 2007)...
High School Remediation PDF - Measured purely in monetary terms, the costs of providing remediation at the high school level can seem high, but the costs of not providing adequate and timely remediation are even higher. This ECS Policy Brief provides the elements of effective remediation policies and examples of what some states are trying to do to meet the demands of preparing students for college and careers. (Kyle Zinth and Melodye Bush, Education Commission of the States, October 2008)
From the ECS State Policy Database: Remediation (K-12) - 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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