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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.

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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.)


From the ECS State Policy Database: Religion--Prayer/Meditation - 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: Religion--Scientific Creationism (Evolution) - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

School Prayer, Moment of Silence, Other Policies Concerning Religion MS Word PDF - This ECS StateNote provides 50-state information on state-level policies concerning religion. Topics include prayer, moments of silence, religion in the curriculum and posting the Ten Commandments in schools. (Michael Colasanti, Education Commission of the States, March 2008)...

Policies Dealing With Evolution in Select States MS Word PDF - As is the case with many issues, in crafting standards for science education – especially those that deal with evolution – policymakers have had to grapple with competing demands of the citizenry. This ECS StateNote illustrates policies on evolution education in select states and districts. (Kyle Zinth, Education Commission of the States, December 2005)...

Prayer, the Bible and the Public Schools MS Word - The First Amendment guarantees both freedom from government-established religion and freedom to practice one's chosen religion. While it clearly requires a delicate balance, the U.S. Constitution permits many alternatives. This article is taken from the Fall 2000 ECS State Education Leader....

Prayer, the Bible and the Public Schools MS Word - Statistics about states with laws addressing prayer, moment of silence, Ten Commandments, Bible reading and evolution. (Education Commission of the States, October 2000)...

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

Religion in Schools MS Word - A century ago, most of America’s public schools were evangelical, Protestant institutions. Today, with only a few lapses, public schools are secular. The religious orientation of the past seriously polarized people. Over time, public educators regretted the alienation of so many people and sought to redesign public schools for all children, by eliminating or modifying religious material. The courts accelerated this trend, and in 1962, the Supreme Court ruled that officially mandated prayer in the public schools was unconstitutional. In 1963, the court similarly excluded Bible reading as a religious exercise. (Education Commission of the States, October 2000)...

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