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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 press releases, please click on the links below. (Older press releases are available upon request. Contact Amy Skinner, director of communications, at To see a list of all of our reports by release date, please click here.

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