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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

Open Enrollment Is on the Menu - But Can You Order It? - Open enrollment can be limited to a student's choice of schools within district boundaries (intradistrict choice) or schools outside of the boundaries of the district (interdistrict). State policymakers decide whether schools may choose to participate or whether they are required to participate. Open enrollment is not a one-size-fits-all policy. It may be voluntary or mandatory at the state or district level, and it may allow for intradistrict or interdistrict transfer. Among other topics, this paper discusses what open enrollment looks like, why it's an option, and why states and districts offer it. (Marga Mikulecky, ECS, June 2013)...

Open Enrollment is on the Menu—But Can You Order It? PDF - This paper concentrates on one aspect of school choice—open enrollment. Depending on the policy, open enrollment can offer a student's choice of schools within district boundaries (intradistrict choice) or schools outside of the boundaries of the district (interdistrict). State policymakers decide whether schools may choose to participate or whether they are required to participate. This report provides a 50-state analysis of open enrollment policies across the United States. (Marga Torrence Mikulecky, ECS, June 2013) ...

State Policies for Open Enrollment Database - This searchable database contains information about the state policies for open enrollment in each state. It includes individual state profiles, comparisons of state policies across several states and predetermined reports. (Education Commssion of the States, 2013)...

Vouchers, Scholarship Tax Credits, and Individual Tax Credits and Deductions PDF - This analysis provides details of the existing voucher, scholarship tax credit, and individual tax credit and deduction policies in the states, presents opposing viewpoints about them, briefly summarizes the existing research concerning these policies, and offers key policy questions for state leaders to consider (Emily Workman, ECS, October 2012)...

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

State Aid to Nonpublic Schools PDF - This document identifies state nonpublic school aid other than tax benefits, vouchers and alternative tuition programs. (Chris Leahy, ECS, March 2012)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: Choice of Schools--Tax Credits - 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--Choice/Open Enrollment - 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--Magnet or Specialized 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: Choice of Schools--Vouchers - 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
Postsecondary teacher prep
transfer and articulation special-ed teacher certification
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