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When it comes to the challenge of improving education, state policymakers need a trusted source to provide clear, concise, factual and unbiased information on education issues ranging from early learning to postsecondary. Education Commission of the States is the trusted source for comprehensive knowledge and resources on hundreds of education policy issues.

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Learn about accountability measures and indicators, reporting results, school improvement, sanctions, interventions and more.

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Review information on current and emerging arts and education research, policy, practice and issues of national significance.

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Explore myriad issues ranging from kindergarten readiness to college entrance exams, including accommodations, opt-out and more.

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Examine what states are doing to address items such as instructional time, school age, school calendars and more.

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Dive into topics connected to choice of schools, from open enrollment and innovations schools, to vouchers, homeschooling and more.

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Focus on civic knowledge and literacy, as well as character education, service-learning and more.

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Learn about the federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and discover resources on a well-rounded education, stakeholder engagement and more.

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Inspect a host of issues, including state budgets and expenditures, funding formulas, state financial aid and more.

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Review issues ranging from deregulation, waivers, site-based management, local takeovers, postsecondary governance and more.

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Investigate state policy about bullying, emergency preparedness, sexual harassment and assault, dress codes and more.

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Inspect policy covering a wide range of content areas, as well as standards accountability, the Common Core and more.

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Explore issues ranging from successful STEM programs to computer science to providing equitable access to STEM curriculum and more.

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Review state approaches to student populations such as gifted and talented, military families and homeless students.

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Explore state policy approaches to evaluation and effectiveness, certification, preparation, professional development, tenure and more.

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Study up on policy addressing high school graduation and the transition into college, along with elementary transitions and more.

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