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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.)

progress of education reform
progress of ed reformThe 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 Document Collections
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.

Please use the links below to download PDFs that include all the documents for a given year.

If you'd like to order a print copy, contact the ECS Distribution Center at 303.299.3692 or jivey@ecs.org.

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ECS is pleased to have other organizations or individuals share its materials with their constituents. To request permission to excerpt part of our publications either in print
or electronically, please e-mail ecs@ecs.org, subject: Reprint Permission. State the full name of the document, and supply detail about how the permission will be used (audience, quantity, etc).  A response will be provided within 24 hours.

 

 

ECS Policy Analysis Topics:

(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.)

No Child Left Behind

A Promise Unfulfilled: How Title I funding is broken and what could be done about it PDF - This issue of The Progress of Education Reform examines inequities in how Title I funds are distributed, and proposes changes that address three key factors. (Michael Griffith, Education Commission of the States, May 2011)...

School Improvement: What works in improving low-performing schools/districts? - 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....

From the ECS State Policy Database: No Child Left Behind--Reauthorization Issues/Waivers - 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: No Child Left Behind--Special Populations - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

The Progress of Education Reform: School Improvement--What Works in Improving Low-Performing Schools and Districts? PDF - This issue highlights recent research that explores what works in improving low-performing schools and districts, examines what is being learned from research and looks at the subsequent implications for state policy. (Kathy Christie, Education Commission of the States, November 2007)...

Examples of State Monitoring and Evaluation of Supplemental Educational Service Providers MS Word PDF - NCLB requires schools receiving Title I funds and not making adequate yearly progress to implement various interventions, such as offering students the option to change schools and/or make available supplemental educational services (SES). States are responsible for oversight of SES providers and must use objective criteria for their evaluation and make public reports available on how provider quality is monitored. This ECS StateNote provides examples of action in three states with evaluation processes that resemble guidance from the U.S. Department of Education. (Michael Colasanti, Education Commission of the States, November 2007)...

The State Role in Accelerating Student Growth in Low-Performing High Schools MS Word PDF - The goal of state intervention in a school or district designated as low-performing is not to punish. It is to help figure out how to improve student learning. The challenge, particularly for a chief state school officer or state board of education, is how best to leverage assistance to schools that have varying degrees of need. This ECS Policy Brief examines what has been learned from research and looks at the subsequent implications for state policy. It also makes suggestions for specific actions and provides examples of approaches that states have taken to amend governance and organizational structures, improve instructional conditions and increase instructional capacity. (Kathy Christie, Education Commission of the States, June 2007)...

Minimum Subgroup Size for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) MS Word PDF - As part of adequate yearly progress (AYP) definitions under No Child Left Behind, states must set the minimum number of students – or “n” size – that constitutes a subgroup. This ECS StateNote identifies the primary methods states have adopted for determining the size of a subgroup and the numbers or formulas states used in 2003 compared with 2006. In addition, the StateNote indicates which states use confidence intervals as part of their minimum subgroup approach. (Mary Fulton, Education Commission of the States, November 2006)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: No Child Left Behind--Finance - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

ECS Report to the Nation: State Implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act - ECS Report to the Nation summarizes information gathered and insights gained through work on the organization's NCLB database, as well as through literature reviews and conversations with state leaders. The report looks at seven NCLB categories including: standards and assessments, adequate yearly progress, school improvement, supplemental services, safe schools, report cards and teacher quality. Each of the seven sections provides a look at how states are doing, what states are doing and issues and challenges facing states....

A Policymaker’s Primer on Education Research: How to Understand, Evaluate and Use It - This primer provides an overview of research methods and statistics. It is highly interactive, with flash animation and hot links to examples, additional discussions, pop-up definitions of technical terms and an education research glossary. It also features a flowchart and other tools to guide users through an assessment of research studies. There’s a special “Understanding Statistics Tutorial” and another tutorial on searching the ERIC database. For users who want an abbreviated version of the material in the Primer, there is an “Applied Quick Primer” keyed to the most basic sections. (Patricia A. Lauer, Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning and Education Commission of the States, February 2004)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: No Child Left Behind--Parent Involvement - 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: No Child Left Behind - 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: No Child Left Behind--Adequate Yearly Progress - 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: No Child Left Behind--Assessment - 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: No Child Left Behind--Choice/Transfer - 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: No Child Left Behind--Consequences for Schools - 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: No Child Left Behind--Report Cards - 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: No Child Left Behind--School Support - 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: No Child Left Behind--Supplemental Services - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

Online Databases
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p-3 archived databases
kindergarten artscan
k-12 choice
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choice-open enrollment NCLB
citizen-ed NCLB snaps
dual kindergarten
high school leadership
K-12 Paraprofessionals: Explore our findings for Title I Instructional Paraprofessional qualifications and certification requirements, paraprofessional professional development programs and state assessments for paraprofessionals.
school accountability literacy
service-learning teacher certification
postsecondary teacher comp
Postsecondary Teacher Professional Development
  teacher prep
  special-ed teacher certification
  dual
 
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