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May 20, 2015

New from ECS

Who pays for dual enrollment?
While states are increasingly committed to the idea of dual enrollment, they haven’t consistently eliminated financial barriers to participation, according to this policy analysis. States that have done that see larger proportions of minority and low-income students participating.

P-20 data sharing and reporting webinar
On May 28, 1-2 p.m. (EST), Education Commission of the States is hosting a professional development webinar designed to enhance education leaders’ and policymakers’ ability to measure students’ college and career readiness. A P-20 data system emerges when state agencies have compatibility that enables seamless data sharing. Register now! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email and instructions for joining the webinar.

Learning, social and emotional
There is increasing interest in social and emotional learning (SEL) programs, which help students develop skills like social awareness and responsible decision making but little is known about their impact on student achievement. The authors of this study found that generally, students receiving SEL instruction did not show significant improvement in performance. However, a small group of students showed academic gains when their teachers used the curriculum exactly as it was designed. (New to the ECS Research Studies Database)

What States Are Doing

Montana signs tribal languages bills
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed into law two bills that will preserve and promote the state’s tribal languages. Sponsored by Rep. George Kipp, HB 559 will extend the Montana Indian Language Preservation program. SB 272, sponsored by Sen. Jonathan Windy Boy, encourages school districts in Montana to create Indian Language Immersion programs on their campuses.

Good Reads

Diversity in early childhood
Racial, ethnic and economic disparities persist in preschool classrooms across America. This report calls for policymakers to focus on the value of diversity in early education classrooms to increase equity and quality. It finds children from low-income families and Hispanic children are less likely than high socioeconomic and non-Hispanic children to be enrolled in center-based early childhood programs. Most children in public preschool programs attend classrooms that are segregated by family income and often by race/ethnicity as well. (The Century Foundation and Poverty & Race Research Action Council)

Two-generation approach for English learners
Since the majority of labor-force growth in the United States over the next four decades will come from immigrants and their children, investing in these two populations is critical to the success of families and the economy. This brief looks at the U.S. ELL population, explains why a two-generation approach is a valuable strategy and presents case studies of promising approaches for educating ELL students and parents while providing critical wraparound services. (Center for American Progress)

The Pre-K yearbook
The good news: state funding for Pre-K increased by nearly $120 million in 2013-14. The bad news: programs have yet to fully recover from the impacts of half a billion dollars cut in 2011-12, according to The State of Preschool 2014. Enrollment growth grew modestly by 8,535, nearly half of which went to recouping 4,000 seats lost in 2012-13. State Pre-K quality standards improved. Mississippi started a program in January 2014 and simultaneously met all 10 NIEER benchmarks. An analysis of each state is featured. (NIEER)

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