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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.)

Governance

State Education Governance Models PDF - Education governance structures differ from state to state and directly affect how education policy leaders interact. Understanding the differences between structures can help explain the education policy process in terms of how decisions are made and the how authority is divided. Forty-one of the 50 states fall into one of four general categories that describe how state boards of education are constituted and whether the chief state school officer is appointed or elected. (Vincent Scudella, ECS, August 2013) ...

K-12 State Governance Database - This database contains information about the K-12 governance structures in each state and is broken into three levels: State, Regional and School District. The state level has information about governors, legislatures, chief state school officers and state boards of education. This information was updated in 2013; other sections were last updated in 2003, although updates are expected later this year. The regional level has information about regional boards and regional superintendents. The school district level has information about local school boards, local superintendents, schools and collective bargaining agreements....

Governors Taking Larger Role in Education PDF - The past year has seen a variety of proposed legislation or gubernatorial actions to give governors a greater role in education policymaking. This paper contains a summary of completed or proposed action in this vein, followed by a discussion on the political and education policy impacts such changes may have. (Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Education Commission of the States, April 2011)...

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

State Education Governance Models PDF - This ECS StateNote describes four state education governance models that 40 states use, and provides notes about the states and territories whose governance models do not conform to any of the four models. (Mary Fulton, Education Commission of the States, Updated January 2011)...

P-20 Governance PDF - This StateNote identifies states in which K-12 and postsecondary governance has been fully or partially consolidated in a single entity. The report also identifies where early learning falls under the purview of an entity that administers both K-12 and higher education. (Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Education Commission of the States, January 2011)...

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

State Education Governance - View ECS Chief of Staff Kathy Christie's presentation on the different models of state education governance. The presentation was initially made to the Nevada Legislative Commission’s Committee to Study Governance and Oversight.) Kathy Christie, Education Commission of the States, January 2010)...

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

Site-based Decisionmaking: State-level Policies MS Word PDF - This StateNote provides information on state site-based management policies and recommends components to include in such policies. (Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, April 2005) ...

Local School Boards - For each state, this document provides information on the numbers and types of local school boards, as well as whether local school board members are elected or appointed. (Education Commission of the States, 2004)...

Governance Matrix MS Word - This timeless tool helps state and district leaders obtain a clear understanding of current and ideal configurations of their K-12 public education governance systems. We suggest using the matrix to answer one of the following questions: Currently, who makes what decisions? Ideally, who should make what decisions? Once the matrices are completed, we suggest that state and district leaders then identify gaps between their current and ideal situations, prioritize the top three to five areas for action and identify the appropriate courses of action. (Todd Ziebarth, Education Commission of the States)....

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

The Progress of Education Reform: School-based Management MS Word PDF - Looks at findings from various research and evaluation studies over the past 10 years, profiles a Chicago urban school district and the state of Kentucky, which have nearly a decade of experience with this decentralized decisionmaking process. (Suzanne Weiss, The Progress of Education Reform, vol. 2, no. 5, ECS, April-May 2001)...

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

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

From the ECS State Policy Database: Governance--Deregulation/Waivers/Home Rule - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

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

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

From the ECS State Policy Database: Governance--Site-Based Management - 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
postsecondary teacher comp
Postsecondary Teacher Professional Development
  teacher prep
  special-ed teacher certification
  dual
 
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