News and information:
Policymakers interested in particular education topics generally
can find what they need on the ECS website or can get more detailed
information from the Clearinghouse. For further access to timely
education policy news, ECS has two flagship electronic publications:
e-Clips, a daily
roundup of the nation's top education news and e-Connection,
a weekly bulletin highlighting state policy trends, new reports,
upcoming meetings and events, useful websites and ECS news. ECS
also publishes Citizenship
Matters, which examines efforts to improve citizenship education
in our nation's schools.
Policy research and analysis:
ECS keeps policymakers on the leading edge of what's happening
in the states by gathering, analyzing and disseminating information
about current and emerging issues, trends and innovations in state
education policy. Staff directors, policy analysts and researchers work in conjunction with ECS constituents and education policymakers on today's most critical education issues.
State, regional and national policy
ECS' state, regional and national seminars, workshops and conferences
provide policymakers and educators with opportunities to share ideas
and learn from one another, as well as experts from across the country.
Each year, the National Forum on Education Policy brings together
policymakers and practitioners from all levels and all roles in
education to discuss and debate the day's hottest education topics.
Customized technical assistance:
ECS tailors its services to individual states' needs, interests
and resources to help policymakers make the right decisions for
their state. Policy audits, legislative testimony, meetings, research
and consultation and advice are geared to particular issues and
concerns; they are not "one size fits all."
In addition to operating an extensive website, ECS releases numerous
print publications each year. The current list of studies, reports
and policymaker guides includes more than 100 titles on topics ranging
from accountability to vouchers. ECS also publishes a bimonthly report, The
Progress of Education Reform.
Networks and partnerships:
ECS supports and participates in various networks for legislators,
legislative aides, governors' education policy aides and others
to promote the sharing of information, ideas and resources at the
state and national levels. ECS is also working on a number of initiatives
in partnership with other organizations, including the American
Association of School Administrators, the National Conference of
State Legislatures, the Council of Chief State School Officers and
Just for the Kids.