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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.)

Health

States Address Concerns about Concussions in Youth Sports PDF - While good statistics are hard to come by, the Centers for Disease Control estimates there are at least 1.7 million incidents of traumatic brain injury (TBI) annually — about 75 percent of which are concussions. ECS reviewed legislation in the 50 states to see how state leaders are responding to concerns about concussions in youth sports. (Carol Kreck, Education Commission of the States, March 2014)...

States Pass Diverse Slate of Mental Health Legislation in 2013 PDF - This report provides summaries of 17 bills from 13 states that illustrate the diversity of mental health-related legislation passed in 2013 legislative sessions. In addition, it highlights other ECS resources related to mental health and suicide prevention. (Jennifer Thomsen, ECS, February 2014)...

Survey of State Approaches to Suicide Prevention in Schools PDF - Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth in the United States according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Most states, however, have not been aggressive in enacting school specific suicide legislation. This paper briefly identifies the main policy approaches utilized by states. It then offers examples of some of the more rigorous state approaches, programs developed by nonprofits, and approaches evaluated as successful through research and practice. This survey will be helpful to anyone looking to be more aggressive at youth suicide prevention in schools. (Christopher Leahy, ECS, April 2012)...

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

State Guidance: Responding to the H1N1 Flu PDF - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have created a framework to assist schools and districts in developing and/or improving plans to prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic. Following the framework are examples of action that state policy leaders can take to assist schools and districts. (Molly Ryan, Education Commission of the States, May 2009)...

School Graduation Requirements: P.E./Health - This database provides 50-state information on high school graduation requirements in physical education and health. (Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, January 2006)...

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

State Policies Related to Student Health and Nutrition MS Word PDF - Student health and nutrition have become significant issues in education policy deliberations. Many state politicians and education officials have begun discussions around solutions of this decline in health of school-age youth. The consensus: set school standards for physical activity. This ECS StateNote describes the types of activities and legislation states have put in place around nutrition and physical activity. (Jon-Michael Hanna, ECS, May 2005)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: Health--Suicide Prevention - 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: Curriculum--Physical Education - 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: Curriculum--Sex Education - 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: Health - 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: Health--Child Abuse - 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: Health--School Based Clinics or School Nurses - 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: Health--Teen Pregnancy - 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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