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

2012 State of the State Addresses: Governors' Top Education Issues PDF - This analysis highlights the education issues prioritized by governors and the mayor of Washington, D.C. in their 2012 state of the state addresses. The state leaders explained that increasing the quality and availability of education, from preschool through postsecondary, was essential to recovering from the recession, spurring economic growth, remaining competitive, and to the health and well-being of each state's citizens. Top issues include Finance (K-12 & Postsecondary), Teaching Quality, Postsecondary Affordability/Access, School Choice, Workforce Development, Early Learning (P-3), and Reading and Literacy....

Education-Related Ballot Questions: 2008 MS Word PDF - 2008 saw voters in 15 states weigh in on a variety of issues pertaining to state-level education policy. This ECS StateNote examines each of these ballot questions, and whether voters approved or rejected them. (Kyle Zinth, Education Commission of the States, November 2008)...

Education-Related Ballot Questions: 2006 MS Word PDF - Voters in 15 states decided a wide variety of education policy issues in 2006. Fourteen decided various aspects of school finance, including authorizing bond sales, increasing taxes, requiring state funding of schools and changing the management of the state's public school trust fund. Eight states saw voters decide policies in other areas. This ECS StateNote summarizes each question and election results. (Kyle Zinth, Education Commission of the States, September 2006)...

Current and Emerging State Policy Trends in Early Childhood Education: A Review of Governors’ 2006 State of the State Addresses MS Word PDF - Over the past decade, investing in learning programs for young children has emerged as a central strategy in states’ efforts to improve educational achievement and opportunity. This ECS Policy Brief examines current and emerging trends in state early-learning policy through the prism of governors’ 2006 State of the State addresses – nearly half of which included proposals relating to the availability, quality and/or structure of early learning programs. It provides a breakdown of these proposals – by topic and by state – and concludes with a brief review of three issues of growing concern and interest to policymakers: alignment, governance and quality rating systems. (Mimi Howard, Education Commission of the States, March 2006)...

Early Education Legislation 2005: Overview of Trends and Issues MS Word PDF - Bolstered by positive research findings and continued strong support from the economic and business communities, early care and education programming for young children in preschool and kindergarten continued to gain support and attention during the 2005 state legislative sessions. This ECS Policy Brief reviews the work of state legislatures during 2005 and summarizes key policy decisions in four areas: (1) pre-kindergarten legislation, (2) kindergarten and full-day kindergarten legislation, (3) governance and coordination of early learning services and programs, and (4) program and personnel quality. (Mimi Howard, Education Commission of the States, March 2006)...

ECS Special Report -- A Closer Look: State Policy Trends in Three Key Areas of the Bush Education Plan: Testing, Accountability and School Choice MS Word PDF - In a follow up to an initial report, Building on Progress: How Ready Are States To Implement President Bush’s Education Plan?, ECS provides a more detailed look at three major elements of the Bush proposal. (Education Commission of the States, April 2001)...

Summary of 2001State-of-the-State Addresses MS Word PDF - Multi-state compilations (Education Commission of the States, 2001)....

State-of-the-State Messages Reveal Governors’ Education Priorities MS Word - The annual "State-of-the-State" speeches given by 39 governors from across the nation, provide insight into the key education issues states are facing at the beginning of this new millenium. Based on these messages, the top priorities of state policymakers are summarized: early childhood development, K-12 accountability, school finance, teacher quality and recruitment, technology and workforce development. (Gloria Zradicka, Education Commission of the States, March 2000)...

TopTen Issues to Watch in 2010 - This sixth edition of the issues to watch for a given year in Georgia is the result of convening nearly 100 leaders from the education, business, government and non-profit sectors traveling the highways and scenic paths to visit the public schools in the state that have achieved remarkable student outcomes. These 10 issues may well be on the top of mind in each state of this nation, or they should be. (Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, January 2010)...

2005 Annotated Listing of Legislative Recommendations - This report contains an annotated listing of recommendations the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) has made to the Florida Legislature in recent years for changes that would increase state program effectiveness and efficiency. Although the recommendations are specific to Florida, policymakers from other states may find useful policy recommendations that could be adapted to their state as well. Recommendations span a number of policy areas, with those pertaining to education starting on page 15 of the report. (OPPAGA, 2006)...

Reforming Education in Arkansas - Arkansas invited the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education to visit the state and share ideas on how to improve the state's education system. This book contains 11 essays addressing various aspects of four areas of education: (1) standards and curriculum, (2) assessment and accountability, (3) organization and options and (4) teachers. Chapters are available online for download individually. Download major conclusions and recommendations here. (Koret Task Force on K-12 Education, 2005)...

Critical Mass MS Word PDF - When a reform idea hinges on strong evidence and a broader consensus and is replicated widely or successfully, it can generate so much more knowledge and interest that it feeds off of its own growth, eventually reaching a critical mass as more and more states implement similar policies. This article discusses areas of education policy that have reached a critical mass, including charter school laws, restructuring policies, alternative certification and school finance litigation, in addition to identifying areas that may reach critical mass in the near future. (Kathy Christie, Phi Delta Kappan, March 2005. Reprinted with permission.)...

The Unfinished Agenda: Charting a Course for the Second Decade of Massachusetts Education Reform - A second decade of education reform is required for Massachusetts to remain competitive in the global economy. The authors of this paper propose new goals, new funding and new reforms in order to improve Massachusetts’ education system. Recommendations include dramatically improving mathematics and science education, raising the MCAS score required for high school graduation to 240 by 2014, turning around failing schools through intensive interventions and ensuring that state funds are spent so as to maximize their effect on student performance. Additionally, the authors advocate investments to improve teaching and leadership, matching high-impact investments with the areas of highest need and building in more flexibility to “do the right thing.” (Mass Insight Education, February 2005)...

State Policy Inventory Database Online (SPIDO) - This database is a joint project between the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and the Pathways to College Network. SPIDO is designed to provide state and national policymakers, education leaders, practitioners and education consumers with an inventory of state-level policies and resources in key policy domains related to student achievement, access and success in higher education. (WICHE, 2003)...

Maryland Sets a Vision for Action MS Word - This article showcases Maryland's plan for goals and assessment, rated as the nation's best by Education Week. The plan is premised on the idea that state and local school systems must align every aspect of education to support the classroom teacher and student, with recommendations on how this should be accomplished. (Kathy Christie, "Stateline", Phi Delta Kappan, June 2002)...

Aiming Higher: The Next Decade of Education Reform in Maryland - Achieve, Inc. recently completed an external review of Maryland’s education reform efforts. The report finds that, unlike most states, Maryland has seen reform driven by assessments as opposed to standards, which has led to a stable, concerted reform effort. The report noted, however, that achievement gaps still exist in the state. Among Achieve's recommendations are that Maryland should enhance its role in curriculum, professional development and teaching quality. (January 2002)...

Oh, No! Not Texas Again! MS Word - Texas policymakers pumped out one interesting piece of education legislation after another in the past year. This article reviews several education issues taken on by Texas legislators, including at-risk students, bilingual education, character education, mathematics and teacher recruitment. (Kathy Christie, Stateline, Phi Delta Kappan, September 2001. Reprinted with permission.)...

Annual Report, Massachusetts Education Reform Review Commission - The Massachusetts Education Reform Act (MERA), passed in 1993, is a far-reaching statute designed to provide equity in the education opportunities afforded to all K-12 students in the Commonwealth and to improve student achievement by dealing systemically with all of education’s complexities. Rather than the piecemeal approaches of prior reform efforts, this is a major attempt to change all aspects of K-12 education, from what happens in the classroom to how schools are financed -- all with a keen focus on student learning as the bottom line. This report examines education reform progress throughout the state, what’s working and what’s not working, and offers conclusions and recommendations. (Maxine Minkoff, Jody Cale, Joseph Cronin, Edward Moscovitch, Chris Mirabile, Massachusetts Education Reform Review Commission, 2001)...


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