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Press Releases and Recent Reports

Education Commission of the States’ research and reports provide education leaders with unbiased, trusted knowledge on education issues from early learning through postsecondary and the workforce. To access our 2017 and 2018 press releases, please click on the links below. (Older press releases are available upon request. Contact Amy Skinner, director of communications, at askinner@ecs.org.) To see a list of our reports by release date, please click here.

December 13, 2018 – Governance in Early Childhood Education
December 11, 2018 – 50-State Comparison: Developmental Education Policies
December 6, 2018 – Engaging the Arts in the Broader Education Policy Landscape
November 15, 2018 – School and District Leadership
November 1, 2018 – 
Postsecondary Tuition Capping and Freezing
November 1, 2018 – Tuition-Setting in Postsecondary Education
October 30, 2018 – 50-State Comparison: Teacher Leadership and Licensure Advancement
October 25, 2018 – 
STEM Dual Enrollment: Model Policy Components
October 23, 2018 – Approaches to State Workforce Development Systems
October 2, 2018 – Math Pathways: Expanding Options for Success in College Math
September 18, 2018 – Work-Based Learning: Model Policy Components
September 13, 2018 – Using State Data Systems to Report Information on Arts Education
September 11, 2018 – Creative Youth Development: Transforming the Learning Environment
September 6, 2018 – Transitions and Alignment From Preschool to Kindergarten
August 30, 2018 – 50-State Comparison: State Policies on School Discipline
August 14, 2018 – Redesigning State Financial Aid: Principles to Guide State Aid Policymaking
August 7, 2018 – Opening Credits: An Introduction to PLA Policies
July 19, 2018 – Guiding Questions for State School Improvement Efforts
July 10, 2018 – What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education
June 26, 2018 – 2018 Elections and Changes in State Education Leadership
June 21, 2018 – Increasing the Supply of Qualified High School Teachers for Dual Enrollment Programs: An Overview of State and Regional Accreditor Policies 
June 19, 2018 –
 School Leadership: A Primer for State Policymakers
June 5, 2018 –
 50-State Comparison: State Kindergarten Through Third Grade Policies
May 31, 2018 – Tennessee Receives the 2018 Frank Newman Award for State Innovation
May 22, 2018 –
 Music Matters
May 22, 2018
 Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to Receive the 2018 Education Commission of the States James Bryant Conant Award
May 15, 2018 –
 The IBM Foundation Receives the 2018 Education Commission of the States Corporate Award
May 8, 2018 –
 Preparing Educators and School Leaders for Effective Arts Integration
May 1, 2018 – Rethinking Dual Enrollment to Reach More Students
April 26, 2018 – 50-State Comparison: School Leader Certification and Preparation Programs
April 17, 2018 – Instructional Time Policies
April 12, 2018 – Update to State Summative Assessment Resource
April 2, 2018 – Education Commission of the States Named One of the Top 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For… Again!
March 20, 2018
– New Teaching Policy Snapshots
March 8, 2018 – Governors’ Top Education Priorities in 2018 State of the State Addresses
March 6, 2018
– ArtScan at a Glance
Feb. 27, 2018
– 50-State Comparison: Academic Credit for Military Experience
Feb. 22, 2018 – Two New ESSA Guidance Resources
Feb. 21, 2018
– States Leading Campaign
Feb. 13, 2018
– Developmental Education: An Introduction for Policymakers
Feb. 8, 2018 –
 How States Fund Pre-K: A Primer for Policymakers
Feb. 6, 2018 – Initiatives From Preschool to Third Grade: A Policymaker’s Guide
Jan. 30, 2018
School Discipline
Jan. 25, 2018 – 50-State Comparison: Charter School Policies
Jan. 23, 2018 – Open Enrollment
Jan. 18, 2018
– How Students Use Federal, State and Institutional Aid to Pay for College: A Primer for State Policymakers
Jan. 9, 2018 –
 50-State Comparison: States’ School Accountability Systems



Dec. 15, 2017 – State Civic Education Policy: Framework and gap analysis tool
Dec. 12, 2017 – Building Policy Momentum for Foster Youth Support in Postsecondary Education
Dec. 5, 2017
 – 50-State Comparison: Prior Learning Assessment Policies
Nov. 16, 2017 – 50-State Comparison: K-12 Governance Structures
Nov. 9, 2017 – Age Requirements for Free and Compulsory Education
Oct. 31, 2017 – Attainment Goals and Plans
Oct. 24, 2017 – State Financial Aid Programs Regarding Adult Students: Two New Resources
Oct. 17, 2017
– 2017 State Policy Review: School and district leadership
Oct. 3, 2017 – Assessments 101: A policymaker’s guide to K-12 assessments
Sept. 26, 2017 – Outcomes-Based Funding
Sept. 19, 2017 – Teacher License Reciprocity: Four Comprehensive Resources
Sept. 14, 2017 –
 The Civics Education Initiative 2015-17
Sept. 12, 2017 – State Innovations for Near-Completers
Sept. 7, 2017 – Beyond the Core: Advancing student success through the arts
Aug. 29, 2017 –
 50-State Comparison on High School Feedback Reports
Aug. 22, 2017 – Charter Authorizers: What they are & why they matter
Aug. 17, 2017 – Policy Snapshot: Postsecondary Campus Safety
Aug. 15, 2017 – Three foundations launch network with $13M investment in English and math evidence-based practices to boost college graduation
Aug. 10, 2017 – Advanced Placement Access and Success: How do rural schools stack up?
Aug. 8, 2017 – State Education Governance Structures: 2017 update
Aug. 1, 2017 – Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems 
June 29, 2017 – New 2017-19 Education Commission of the States’ Officers Announced
June 22, 2017 – Higher Education Civic Learning and Engagement: A Massachusetts case study
June 20, 2017 – Competency-Based Education
June 15, 2017 – Equity in Education: Key questions to consider
June 13, 2017
Voucher Programs
June 6, 2017 –
 ESSA: Mapping opportunities for the arts
June 1, 2017
 Chronic Absenteeism: A key indicator of student success
May 25, 2017
 Need-Based State Financial Aid
May 23, 2017 –
 Unum Receives the 2017 Education Commission of the States Corporate Award
May 16, 2017 –
 Hawaii Receives the 2017 Frank Newman Award for State Innovation
May 11, 2017
– Charter School Accountability Under ESSA
April 25, 2017
 Guided Pathways to College Completion
April 11, 2017 –
 ESSA: Mapping opportunities for civic education
April 6, 2017 –
 State of the States Landscape Report: State-Level Policies Supporting Equitable K–12 Computer Science Education
April 4, 2017 –
 Simplification May Not Be So Simple: Gauging state alignment with the FAFSA
April 3, 2017 – Education Commission of the States Named One of the Top 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For
March 28, 2017 – Lowell Milken to Receive 2017 Education Commission of the States James Bryant Conant Award
March 21, 2017
 Examining SLDS Development and Utility
March 16, 2017 – 2017 ArtScan at a Glance: Connecting the States and Arts Education Policy
March 9, 2017 – 50-State Comparison: Vouchers
March 7, 2017 – Tuition Assistance Programs for Foster Youth Pursuing Postsecondary Education
March 2, 2017
– Governors’ Top Education Priorities: 2017 State of the State addresses
Feb. 16, 2017 –
 50-State Comparison: Statewide Admissions Policies
Feb. 7, 2017 –
School Choice Glossary
Jan. 31, 2017
– State Pre-K Funding 2016-17 Fiscal Year: Trends and opportunities
Jan. 26, 2017
– ESSA Thinkers Meeting Insights: Process is key to developing state plans
Jan. 24, 2017 Open Enrollment: Overview and 2016 legislative update
Jan. 19, 2017
 ESSA: Mapping opportunities for the arts – New Chapter on Stakeholder Engagement