Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Education Commission of the States - Recent Research

I sometimes use the Sticky Note application on my desktop computer.  Not to store all my passwords, of course, but to keep track of interesting articles or studies that I want to look into "when I have time." 

One of my favorite sources for such articles is the Education Commission of the States.  The commission was started in the mid-sixties as a way for scholars and policy makers to share information and ideas across the country.   Today they produce great research and analysis on education policy and education system characteristics in each of the 50 states. 

Below are five studies they have released recently that have been on my "to review more in-depth when I have time" pile.

High School Feedback ReportsEducation Commission of the States researched high school feedback reports in all states to provide this comprehensive resource. This database reviews high school feedback reports and systems in all 50 states. A state received a “yes” if the state has established a system or report that provides data regarding postsecondary enrollment and/or postsecondary performance of high school graduates, broken down at the high school and/or district level.

Key takeaways

  • Forty-two states currently have a system or report that provides data regarding postsecondary enrollment and/or postsecondary performance of high school graduates, broken down at the high school and/or district level.
  • Twenty-four states provide one or more elements of this data broken down by race/ethnicity.
  • Twenty-one states provide one or more elements of this data broken down by income indicators.
  • Thirty-nine states’ high school feedback reports are publicly available.
  • State education agencies produce high school feedback reports or systems in 21 states, state higher education agencies produce them in 13 states, and P20W collaborative agencies or statewide longitudinal data systems produce them in eight states.


Advancing Student Success Through the Arts: This Education Trends report explores research on how the arts bolster the development of deeper learning skills, provides examples of programs that successfully increased access to the arts in education in public schools, and includes state- and local-level policy considerations.

State Innovations for Near Completers: This Promising Practices report overviews the 2017 policy landscape regarding near-completers, reviews three states’ outreach strategies to this population and includes policy considerations for state leaders.

The Civics Education Initiative 2015-17:  This Education Trends report provides an update on state adoption of the Civics Education Initiative, explains the impact of the initiative, looks at how states customized the initiative, and provides examples and opportunities for policymakers to build on civic education policy efforts, such as the Civics Education Initiative.

Outcomes-Based Funding: This Policy Snapshot defines and explores outcomes-based funding, and provides summary information on 2016 and 2017 legislative activities.

If you visit ECS's site, be sure to subscribe so you will receive notices when they release new reports.

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