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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 Participation

States with Guaranteed College Admissions Policies for High School Graduates - This brief summarizes legislative and postsecondary system efforts to guarantee admission to college for high school students who meet prescribed standards. The methods for measuring eligibility for automatic admission vary widely across the 10 states that have such rules. The automatic admission standards are instructive because they represent a state or systemwide understanding of what constitutes postsecondary readiness. Further, these policies, when paired with common placement standards and a shared definition of college and career readiness could create true P-20 alignment in states. (Matthew Smith, ECS, October 2013) ...

Higher Education Access for America’s Vulnerable Students - This PowerPoint, presented at the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) 2012 National Conference, identifies obstacles to postsecondary participation, particularly among disadvantaged students. The presentation notes current state approaches to providing college counseling, highlights programs in Oregon and Colorado that have improved college participation for traditionally underserved youth, and points to other obstacles to postsecondary participation states are increasingly addressing. (Omari Scott Simmons, Wake Forest University, and Jennifer Dounay Zinth, ECS, October 2012)....

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

College Access: What helps to promote student access to college? - 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: Postsecondary Students--Adults - 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 Students--Minority - 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 Participation - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

Strategies to Empower Low-Income and Minority Students in Gaining Admission to and Paying for College PDF - This policy brief identifies barriers created by federal, state and local policies that pose a particular challenge for aspiring first-generation college students in the college and financial aid application process, and provides suggestions for how state-level policy might address each barrier. A final section on "other" barriers to college entry seeks to alert policymakers to emerging issues for which adequate institutional, state and federal policy responses are needed. (Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, November 2008)...

Involving Families in High School and College Expectations MS Word PDF - While the vast majority of today's high school students – and their parents – anticipate they will attend college, far too many students lack knowledge about the essential steps that must be taken to make the high school to college transition. This ECS Policy Brief provides a synthesis of the research on the college aspirations of many students and their parents today, as well as the documented lack of information far too many families possess on the necessary steps to make the transition from high school to postsecondary. The brief identifies current state policies that address each of the steps necessary to negotiate the bridge from high school to college, and highlights a Texas policy aimed at annually evaluating the accessibility and affordability of public postsecondary institutions in the state. (Jennifer Dounay, Education Commission of the States, August 2006)...

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

Supreme Court Rules on Affirmative Action MS Word PDF - ...

Affirmative Action MS Word - This policy brief provides an overview of the history of affirmative action in higher education admissions and outlines the legal landscape for such programs as defined by state policies and the U.S. Supreme Court. In particular, the brief discusses the court's landmark decision in June 2003 and touches on the status of alternatives to traditional affirmative action, including "race-neutral" policies currently operating in Florida, Texas and California. (Dale DeCesare, ECS Policy Brief, Education Commission of the States, Last updated July 2003)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: Postsecondary Participation--Admissions/Coursework Requirements - 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 Participation--Access/Outreach - 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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