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.)
The 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 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.
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Iron Range Engineering PDF - The third in a series on rural education issues, this brief looks at engineering education in northeastern Minnesota. A program called Iron Range Engineering keeps youth closer to home and provides local industry with a steady stream on engineers. The National Academy of Engineering called for such a school in 2005, but few programs left lecture-hall learning for hands-on until Iron Range made the switch. Before then, engineering education hadn't change in 60 years. (Carol Kreck, ECS, November 2013)...
Iowa Harvests the Wind for Economic Development, Education, and Innovation - Economic development. Education. Innovation. This vignette examines how a rural state (Iowa) invested in innovative technology to create economic development opportunities, jobs, hands-on training, and incentives for students (both male and female) to study STEM subjects -- all from wind, Iowa's year-round crop. (Carol Kreck, ECS, August 2013)...
The Progress of Education Reform: Reimagining Business Involvement PDF - Business thrives on the sure thing—the in-demand product, the new technology, the well-educated worker. Yet while new technologies and products have revolutionized the economy and our way of life, college graduates' workforce readiness has not kept pace. This issue of The Progress of Education Reform explores new models of business involvement that could substantially decrease private sector training costs and presents ways that policymakers can integrate these approaches into a coherent statewide engagement strategy (Matthew Smith, ECS, June 2013). ...
The Progress of Education Reform: Producing Quality Credentials PDF - This issue of The Progress of Education Reform presents emerging research on the value of credentials and highlights ways that states can leverage data and accompanying strategies to strengthen the fit between the production of postsecondary credentials and workforce demand. (Matthew Smith, ECS, October 2012)...
Legislative Commissions and Task Forces: Developing Strategies to Meet Completion & Workforce Challenges PDF - Using the ECS State Policy Database, the Boosting College Completion project scanned 370 college completion and workforce policies enacted over a five-year period: 2006-10. Nearly one in five policies established a commission or task force. This policy analysis shows the diversity of approaches to emerging problems and how commissions are charged to address them. (Matthew Smith, Education Commission of the States, March 2011)...
Revving the Education Engine - This new ECS paper engages education, policy and workforce leaders to explore how to effectively align education, workforce and economic development policy to meet state and regional workforce needs. It provides a comprehensive view of alignment that addresses the various pathways students pursue through the education system and into the workforce. The paper provides examples of promising policies and programs states are employing to create greater alignment, as well as practical steps that state leaders can take in their states to fully leverage their education assets to meet state workforce and economic development goals. (Bruce Vandal, Education Commission of the States, 2009)...
Examples of State Activities Addressing Economic-Workforce Development at the K-12 Education Level MS Word PDF - Educators and policymakers have begun addressing the challenges of global competitiveness from not only the viewpoint of student educational attainment but also from the view of economic development. This StateNote looks at a sampling of related state activity. (Melodye Bush, Education Commission of the States, October 2008)...
Exemplary State Online Resources for Students, Career Explorers and Adult Learners MS Word PDF - This ECS StateNote takes a look at several exemplary state online resources for students, career explorers and adult learners. (Kathy Christie, Education Commission of the States, August 2009)...
Policies to Engage Postsecondary Education in State Economic Development MS Word PDF - Confronted with the challenge of developing more globally competitive regional economies, policymakers have taken a renewed interest in the role of postsecondary education in state economic development strategies. A review of recent legislation suggests that states are implementing policies and making investments in the following three mechanisms: (1) Collaborative research initiatives; (2) Workforce development programs; and (3) Economic development boards, commissions or councils. This ECS StateNote describes these three policy mechanisms, highlights noteworthy policies that have been enacted and looks at a sampling of state policies enacted since 2004. (Ashley Zaleski, Education Commission of the States, September 2007)...
Entrepreneurial Education Laws in the States MS Word PDF - One of the great historical drivers of this nation's economic success is the entrepreneurial spirit of its people. States have sought to harness and nurture entrepreneurship in many ways, including in their public school and higher education systems. One tool states have used is enacting legislation addressing entrepreneurship, and this ECS StateNote examines such legislation in 18 states. (Kyle Zinth, Education Commission of the States, February 2007)...
From the ECS State Policy Database: STEM - 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: Economic/Workforce Development - 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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