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Emily Workman

Jennifer Thomsen

Goals and Objectives

Manage and disseminate knowledge. Monitor changes in state education policies. Identify states to watch—those promising early adopters and those with track records of high performance. Promote credible research as a basis for policymaking. Identify critical and emerging issues across the states. Provide advice based on the best knowledge available.


Managed and disseminated knowledge

Collected and managed information that undergirds ECS databases, publications and the ECS website. Added nearly 2,634 documents to the unique and highly specialized ECS library which consists of more than 36,000 documents in digital format and nearly triple that number in hard copy. Added 2,255 new resources to (more than 9,000 if counting URLs) and archived 10-15% of website documents.

Produced four electronic newsletters:

ECS e-Clips gives you the day's top education news. Read subscriber comments.
ECS e-Connection is a weekly e-mail publication with links to key education research. Read subscriber comments.
Heads Up (a monthly compilation targeted for a Legislative Education Staff audience) comes to you as a complimentary service from the Education Commission of the States (ECS) and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
Pre-K-3 is a monthly dissemination of research and policy updates about developments in the Pre-K – 3 field

Identified critical and emerging issues and states to watch

Synthesized and analyzed state policies for dissemination (see 2012 Collection of ECS Publications for details). Topics included kindergarten entrance ages, 50-state math requirements for a standard high school diploma, 3rd-grade literacy policies, limiting the delivery of remedial education and vouchers.


“Thanks so much for following up with this good information! It’s a valuable and very useful summary.”
Vice Chancellor, State University System
“Thanks again for all of your help earlier this year! You are a wealth of knowledge.”
Director, Assessment, Accountability & Information Management, State Department of Education
“Thank you again — we really appreciate how quickly you got back to us and you have provided great background resources to help start the state board’s conversation!”
State Board of Education
“Thank you so much! This is just the information I needed. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. You’re the best.”
State Legislative Education Staff
“Thank you so much for your thorough review of the bill draft. You did a fantastic job!”
State Legislator
“Thank you so incredibly much! I was able to use your research in a memo that will be going to our Chief of Staff and then recommend to the Congressman.”
Staff, U.S. Congressman
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