Trending Topics in State Education Policy

Education Commission of the States responds to many questions from policymakers about timely education policy issues. Below you’ll find three trending topics with resources to support state leaders’ learning and policymaking on the issue.


To support the nation’s earliest learners, state policymakers continue to focus on K-3 literacy outcomes. States are looking to address students’ access to quality literacy instruction and the ongoing learning impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Artificial Intelligence

Conversations on artificial intelligence and its implications have dominated the news cycle in the last year. On Oct. 31, the Biden Administration issued an executive order on artificial intelligence risks. This has left policymakers curious about the role artificial intelligence can play in education while cautious about issues like student privacy and safety.

Special Education

Recruiting and retaining quality special education teachers continues to be difficult for schools across the U.S, but some states are taking action to support this specialized workforce. How states fund special education is also top-of-mind as policymakers reconsider funding formulas and support student-centered learning.

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