Research Studies provide concise, bulleted Findings, Policy Implications, and Recommendations on key issues, such as:
- High school rigor and exit exams
- Better serving English language learners
- Boosting reading and math achievement
- College entry and completion
- Reducing dropout rates and increasing graduation rates
- And many more! (Go to the database.)
The Progress of Education Reform addresses the hottest
education issue and provides information in a concise and easy-to-read
format based on the most recent studies and reports.
ECS regularly issues useful compilations, summaries and/or comparisons of state policies—enacted or pending—on a wide variety of education topics, listed on the right. For a list of our most current documents, please see our What's New page.
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(Note: Not all topics have an ECS document associated with them. If you are looking for information on a specific topic, you can use our search function.)
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From the ECS State Policy Database: High School--Credit Recovery - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....
How Thinking in Pictures Provides Perspective - Hear what Temple Grandin had to say at the 2011 ECS National Forum on Education Policy about what matters most to helping all kids succeed....
Early Warning Indicator Systems PDF - Boosting high school graduation rates is a growing concern to educators and policymakers. Research shows that students who fail to graduate high school exhibit clear signs of dropping out. Access to student data has prompted state and school district officials across the country to develop "early warning indicator systems" to efficiently identify students who are at risk of dropping out and provide targeted supports to get them back on track and graduate. This Statenote highlights the statewide early warning indicator systems in Louisiana, South Carolina, and Alabama and the Philadelphia Public Schools district-wide system. (ECS 2011)
Student Mobility: Does it affect educational outcomes? - Access related research titles from the ECS Research Studies Database. Links embedded in titles will take you to each study's major findings and recommendations....
Dropouts: Why do students drop out of school and what might help them to stay? - Access related research titles from the ECS Research Studies Database. Links embedded in titles will take you to each study's major findings and recommendations....
Kentucky School-Based Family Support: Twenty Years Later PDF - Kentucky was the first state to require the establishment of Family Resource and Youth Services Centers (FRYSC), entities that coordinate a network of resources for students and families in neighborhoods where 20% or more of the students qualify for federal free- and reduced-price meals. This StateNote provides details of this statewide model. (Dinah Frey, Education Commission of the States, November 2010)...
Student Support and Remediation - This database provides 50-state information on high school-level remediation policies, and on alternative approaches to allow at-risk students and returning dropouts earn a high school diploma. (Kyle Zinth and Melodye Bush, Education Commission of the States, June 2007)...
Beyond the GED: State Strategies to Help Former Dropouts Earn a High School Diploma MS Word PDF - Seventy-four percent of the high school dropouts age 16-25 report that, if they could do it all over again, they would have stayed in school. This ECS Policy Brief provides information on various state policy components that can facilitate former dropouts’ ability to earn a high school diploma. The brief also addresses finance elements state policymakers must consider when developing new education options. (Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, August 2008)...
The Progress of Education Reform: Student Engagement - This issue of the Progress of Education Reform features highlights of K-12 research on student engagement, a civic orientation and building resiliency. Taken together, they provide a useful, up-to-date look at evidence on the merits of engaging students for achievement and success. It also includes policy implications based on the research, as well as links to studies and resources on student engagement in higher education. (Education Commission of the States, October 2007)
The Progress of Education Reform 2007: Dropout Prevention PDF - This issue of The Progress of Education Reform summarizes the findings of five recent studies that address:
(Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, August 2007)...
- Early predictors for dropping out of school
- 9th-grade predictors of risk in an urban environment
- School characteristics linked to higher graduation rates
- Economic benefits of several programs that positively influence high school completion rates
- A synthesis of the research on dropping out and the importance of state data systems to support dropout prevention efforts.
State Policies Related to Alternative Education MS Word PDF - Alternative schools provide choice and opportunity to children unable to study in a regular setting. This ECS StateNote provides examples of alternative schools in select states designed for students: (1) with disciplinary problems, disruptive behavior and emotional/ behavioral disabilities, and (2) who do not fit in a traditional setting. Statutory references and recommendations for policymakers to consider in creating alternative schools are provided. (Oleg Silchenko, Education Commission of the States, November 2005)...
From the ECS State Policy Database: At-Risk (incl. Dropout Prevention) - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....
From the ECS State Policy Database: At-Risk (incl. Dropout Prevention)--Drugs/Alcohol - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....
From the ECS State Policy Database: At-Risk (incl. Dropout Prevention)--Alternative Education - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....
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