This unique resource is for you:

  • If your governor or your legislator has asked you to tell him/her what the research says on education issues
  • If you don't know whom to trust -- and find it difficult to navigate potential bias and the selective use of data
  • If you don't have time to read 25 pages and trudge through complicated explanations of methodology
  • If you need to cut through the mud right to the findings and policy implications.

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! 
Keep checking back for new studies and topics added to this resource.

Criteria for inclusion:
  • Wide-reaching recommendations and policy implications
  • Implications for state-level policy
  • Interventions hold potential for replication
  • Peer-reviewed/juried -- although exceptions will be made on a
    case-by-case basis.

What you need to do:

  • To start, click on FAQs or SEARCH in the left margin of this page.
  • Use the findings and recommendations to inform policy decisions
  • Let us know how it might be improved
  • Send us suggestions for studies you would like us to include
  • Help us prioritize the issues around which you really need help.

The ECS Research Studies Database was developed in the scope of work of the ECS High School Policy Center.

ECS will quickly honor any request from a study's author or organization or publisher to remove any study included here. We also welcome submissions. Contact Kathy Christie at 303-299-3613 or kchristie@ecs.org with feedback, requests for inclusions or requests for removal.











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