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50 Ways to Test: A look at state summative assessments for 2014-15 (press release)

How Does Education in My State Compare? What every governor or other elected official needs to know

Trends in State Financial Aid: Actions from the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions

Blueprint for college readiness: A 50-state policy analysis:
  -  Blueprint Report
  -  Blueprint Data Portal
  -  Press Release

Learning English in rural America

STEM challenges and solutions in the hinterlands

The Progress of Education Reform: Effectiveness-focused teacher preparation

Initiatives from Preschool to Third Grade: A Policymaker's Guide (read the press release)

Number of instructional days/hours in the school year

States and the (not so) new standards -- where are they now? (press release)

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    The approach states are taking to state tests is of great interest to education policymakers. This new ECS report clearly lays out which state tests are being given in all states this year.
  • financial-aid
    ECS identified several trends in state financial aid programs, including changes to need- and merit-based programs and linking financial aid programs to workforce demands.
  • blueprint
    Designed to serve as a framework to help K-12 and higher education leaders conceptualize the key policies promoting college readiness and the extent to which each state is pursuing them.
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    This issue explores how challenging it is to obtain meaningful information on how well programs are preparing our nation’s teachers.
  • ELprimer
    This reference guide addresses effective strategies to support children on their path to third-grade academic success and details the foundations of effective P-3 approaches.

Teacher Certification
Passing rate declines as N.Y. uses new certification
New York State saw a 20 percent drop in the number of candidates who passed teacher certification tests last year as tougher exams were introduced. (New York Times)

Read the rest of today's e-Clips for Nov. 21, 2014


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