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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.)

Postsecondary Affordability

The Progress of Education Reform: A Hidden Cause of Rising Tuition - This issue of The Progress of Education Reform examines tuition discounting, the practice of awarding targeted financial incentives to students, usually in the form of merit awards or needs-based grants. Specific attention is focused on the impact state-legislated tuition caps can have on the practice. (Sarah Pingel and Matt Gianneschi, ECS, August 2014)...

Tuition-Setting Authority for Public Colleges and Universities PDF - As appropriations to public postsecondary institutions continue to decline, state legislators and higher education leaders have considered the tuition-setting question. This ECS analysis categorizes tuition-setting authority by entity (e.g., legislature, system, institution) and by postsecondary sector (e.g., two- and four-year institutions). It shows that the majority of states vest tuition-setting authority in local institutional boards. (Kyle Zinth and Matthew Smith, Education Commission of the States, October 2012)....

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

In-state Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants MS Word PDF - As immigration to the United States increases, more and more students are entering the education pipeline. Many of these newly arrived students are undocumented, or “illegal” immigrants, and denied the full rights of American citizenship, including educational benefits such as in-state tuition at public colleges and universities. Some states have passed legislation that extends in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants, others have proposed laws that restrict the awarding of in-state tuition to these same immigrants. This ECS StateNote provides a summary of states that have passed or have considered legislation regarding tuition for undocumented immigrants. (Updated by Ashley Zaleski, Education Commission of the States, March 2008)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: Postsecondary Affordability--Tuition/Fees--Undocumented Immigrants - 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: Postsecondary Affordability--Financial Aid - 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: Postsecondary Affordability--Tuition/Fees - 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: Postsecondary Affordability--Tuition/Fees--Prepd/College Savings Plans - 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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