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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.

Reprint Permission
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.)

Choice of Schools--Charter Schools

Trends in Charter School Laws: Authorizers, Caps, Performance-Based Closures and Virtual Schools - A growing number of states have enacted legislation on the oversight and performance of charter schools in an effort to establish standards for the semi-autonomous public schools. While most states have charter school laws, an increasing number of states are turning their attention to authorizers and the role those entities play. (Kathy Christie, Maria Millard, Jennifer Thomsen and Micah Wixom, Education Commission of the States, June 2014)...

Trends in state charter school laws: Authorizers, caps, performance-based closures and virtual schools - Forty-two states and the District of Columbia have enacted charter school legislation. ECS analysts reviewed laws in the 50 states in creating an online database that highlights how state charter school laws vary, particularly in how states establish standards and accountability for charter school authorizers, allow for appeals, provide assistance with start-ups and fund charter schools. (Christie, Millard, Thomsen, Wixom, ECS, June 2014)...

The Progress of Education Reform: What State Policymakers Need to Know about Funding Virtual Charter Schools PDF - This issue of The Progress of Education Reform outlines the key differences of virtual charters and explores how states can change their funding systems to address the needs of this new type of public education. (Michael Griffith, ECS, February 2014)...

Charter Schools Online Database - Access the ECS database of state policies for charter schools. (Molly Ryan, Education Commission of the States, October 2010)...

“Ahead-of-the-Curve” Charter School Policies PDF - Whether motivated by the desire to secure Race to the Top funds or other state policy initiatives, a number of states have recently enacted legislation to promote charter school growth. This ECS StateNote provides highlights of several "ahead-of-the-curve" state policy approaches. (Education Commission of the States, Molly Ryan, June 2010)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: Choice of Schools--Charter Schools--Finance - 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: Choice of Schools--Charter Schools--Charter Districts - 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: Choice of Schools--Charter Schools--Closings - 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: Choice of Schools--Charter Schools--Cyber Charters - 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: Choice of Schools--Charter Schools--Research - 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: Choice of Schools--Charter Schools - 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
charter highly qualified requirements for special ed
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
teacher tenure teacher comp
postsecondary Teacher Professional Development
blueprint teacher prep
Postsecondary special-ed teacher certification
transfer and articulation dual
charter
 
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