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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.)

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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 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 Academic Affairs

Blueprint for College Readiness: a 50-State Policy Analysis (Data Portal) - The Blueprint data portal allows exploration of the 50-state analysis, showing the extent to which each state is pursuing the 10 critical policies promoting college readiness and success. (Emmy Glancy, Mary Fulton, Lexi Anderson, Jennifer Dounay Zinth and Maria Millard, ECS, October 2014)...

Blueprint for College Readiness: a 50-State Policy Analysis (Report) - The Blueprint features a first-of-its-kind analysis of the top 10 critical K-12 and higher education policies promoting college readiness and success. Designed to serve as a framework to help K-12 and higher education leaders conceptualize the key policies promoting college readiness, the Blueprint also shows the extent to which each state is pursuing them with a data portal. (Emmy Glancy, Mary Fulton, Lexi Anderson, Jennifer Dounay Zinth and Maria Millard, ECS, October 2014) ...

A Common Framework for Remedial Reporting: Response to Remedial Reporting Task Force Recommendations - In December 2013, the Education Commission of the States (ECS) convened a steering committee of state education policy leaders from throughout the nation to discuss the implications of the inconsistent remedial education reporting practices in the states. After the conversation, the Remedial Reporting Steering Committee, which included elected officials, chief state school officers, state higher education executive officers and numerous education policy experts, advanced two recommendations. (Fulton, Gianneschi, ECS, July 2014)...

A Cure for Remedial Reporting Chaos: Why the U.S. Needs a Standard Method for Measuring Preparedness for the First Year of College - The purpose of this paper is to review state-level practices that identify, track and regularly report the numbers of students identified for remedial instruction. In doing so, the Education Commission of the States (ECS) hopes to begin a national dialogue regarding if and how states could share information about students’ referral to and success in remedial and college-level courses. (Fulton, Gianneschi, ECS, July 2014)...

Dual enrollment: A strategy to improve college-going and college completion among rural students - Research shows that students who participate in dual enrollment are more likely than their peers to finish high school, enter college and complete a degree. This means dual enrollment can greatly benefit students in rural areas, which report lower college-going and postsecondary attainment rates than other locales. (Jennifer Dounay Zinth, ECS, June 2014) ...

From the ECS State Policy Database: Postsecondary Academic Affairs--AP/IB/Dual Credit - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

Students on the move: How states are responding to increasing mobility among postsecondary students PDF - ECS reviewed transfer and articulation policies in the 50 states to get a sense of how policymakers are responding in law to these changes. In the modern postsecondary environment, it is clear transfer policies are more important than ever. (Maria Millard, ECS, May 2014)...

Developmental Strategies for College Readiness and Success: What State Policymakers and Education Leaders Need to Know - Efforts underway in at least 25 states to reduce the need for college remediation and improve college readiness and success are showcased in a resource guide for policymakers published by the Education Commission of the States and the Southern Regional Education Board, with assistance from Education First. The 50-page Developmental Strategies for College Readiness and Success is intended to provide an overview of the many initiatives underway in states to help students who enroll in college but are deemed not yet ready for college-level work. (Education Commission of the State, April 2014)...

Developmental Strategies For College Readiness And Success PDF - This 50-page resource guide is intended to provide an overview of the many initiatives underway in states to help students who enroll in college but are deemed not yet ready for college-level work. Efforts underway in at least 25 states to reduce the need for college remediation and improve college readiness and success are showcased. (Fulton, Gianneschi, Blanco, DeMaria; ECS, April 2014) ...

NextDev Challenge: Assessment and Placement PDF - The online NextDev Challenge event, hosted by the Education Commission of the States’ Getting Past Go remedial education project, solicited program ideas that could improve outcomes in developmental education. This assessment and placement brief examines bridge programs, review and test preparation, and assessment reforms. (HCM Strategists and ECS, May 2013)...

NextDev Challenge: Instructional Delivery PDF - The online NextDev Challenge event, hosted by the Education Commission of the States’ Getting Past Go remedial education project, solicited program ideas that could improve outcomes in developmental education. This instructional delivery brief examines accelerated and modular approaches, course sequencing redesign, and co-enrollment models. (HCM Strategists and ECS, May 2013)...

NextDev Challenge: Statewide Remedial Education Redesign PDF - The online NextDev Challenge event, hosted by the Education Commission of the States’ Getting Past Go remedial education project, solicited program ideas that could improve outcomes in developmental education. This brief examines efforts in Colorado, West Virginia, and Tennessee to design and implement statewide remedial education reforms. (HCM Strategists and ECS, May 2013)...

NextDev Challenge: Student Supports PDF - The online NextDev Challenge event, hosted by the Education Commission of the States’ Getting Past Go remedial education project, solicited program ideas that could improve outcomes in developmental education. This student support brief examines tutoring and advising programs, and learning communities. (HCM Strategists and ECS, May 2013)...

Using State Policies to Ensure Effective Assessment and Placement in Remedial Education PDF - Recent research has highlighted the limitations of commonly used assessments for placing students into remedial education. This policy brief by ECS’ Getting Past Go project examined state and postsecondary system policies that regulate assessment and placement in light of the emerging research. The paper suggests that states and systems could increase the success of underprepared students through more effective policies and practices. (Mary Fulton, Education Commission of the States, May 2012)...

Choosing Who Delivers: The Impact of Placing Limits on the Delivery of Remedial Education at Four-Year Institutions PDF - From ECS' Getting Past Go website, this brief examines state and system policies that limit four-year institutions from delivering developmental education and considered the potential impacts of these policies on student success. (Matthew Smith, 2012)...

12 for 2012 - 12 for 2012 is an ECS “read of the field,” built on our scrutiny of new reports and research, and our analysis of emerging drivers of change. The 12 policy areas do not represent an exhaustive list of the critical issues for the coming year, nor is this report intended to dictate your education policy priorities for 2012. Rather, 12 for 2012 is intended to stimulate thinking around how best to craft the “2.0” of powerful policy across the states. (ECS, 2012)...

Developmental Studies/Remedial Education: What is the impact of policy and practice? - 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....

Developmental Studies/Remedial Education: What role does and can it play in college completion? - 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....

Transfer and Articulation Policies PDF - An increase in the number of transfer and articulation policies over the past decade demonstrates that state legislatures and higher education governing boards have recognized the need for such policies. At least two-thirds of states have one or more of the following: Enabling legislation; Cooperative system or institutional agreements; Web sites devoted to clearly articulating transfer policy; or a transferable common core. (Matthew Smith, Education Commission of the States, December 2010)...

Remedial and Developmental Education Policy at a Crossroads - The Education Commission of the States and the Center for Postsecondary Research on Preparation, Access and Remedial Education (PRePARE) at the University of Massachusetts Boston, have released a new paper that contends remedial education has and will continue to play a critical role in ensuring access to higher education and increasing college completion rates among the large population of Americans who now need a college credential to fully participate in a rapidly changing, knowledge-based, global economy. (Getting Past Go, August 2010)...

Rebuilding the Remedial Education Bridge to College Success PDF - In this paper, Getting Past Go describes the current policy landscape for remedial education, explores the critical policy levers that guide the delivery of remedial education on college campuses and studies how policy has either facilitated or impeded innovation in the delivery of remedial education. It outlines some initial findings from the work to date and offers a proposed framework for further study of state and system policy related to remedial education. (Bruce Vandal, ECS, May 2010)...

State Reporting on Developmental Education Analysis of Findings MS Word PDF - ECS' “Getting Past Go” collected, summarized and analyzed more than 50 state and higher education system reports on developmental education. (Mary Fulton, Education Commission of the States, April 2010) ...

The Progress of Education Reform: Transfer and Articulation PDF - This issue of The Progress of Education Reform looks at recent research on transfer and articulation in light of the new movement to increase degree attainment by addressing the following three questions: 1) Do articulation agreements ease the transfer process and lead to degree attainment; 2) what are the factors that facilitate or impede transfer; and 3) how can four-year, baccalaureate-degree-granting institutions ensure that transfer students succeed?...

Dual Enrollment - This database provides 50-state information on 17 policy components related to program quality, funding and access. (Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Education Commission of the States, December 2013)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: Postsecondary Academic Affairs--Developmental/Remediation/Placement - 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 Academic Affairs--Transfer/Articulation - 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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