Early Learning

Creating Preventative, Rather Than Reactive, Policies to Boost Third-Grade Literacy

We know reading proficiency matters: Research shows that children who are not proficient at the end of third grade are four times more...

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State Leaders and Early Ed Experts Collaborate on Strengthening K-3 Policies

In late September, we hosted the K-3 State Policy Academy, bringing together state teams, partners and other experts in the early education...

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Recap: P-3, ESSA and You

On June 23, the early learning team at Education Commission of the States, in partnership with NIEER, CEELO, New America, NCSL and National...

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From Sesame Street to State Capitols: The case for STEM and early learning

As researchers and policymakers continue to evaluate what pre-K and kindergarten should include, STEM is beginning to enter the...

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The Power of Pre-K

With the recent release of Education Commission of the States’ annual pre-kindergarten (pre-K) funding report, we are taking a look at...

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Bridging the Two Communities Problem

This is a guest blog post by Jonathan Supovitz, professor of leadership and policy, Graduate School of Education, University of...

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How We Can Support States in 2017

The 2016 elections brought about Changes in State Education Leadership across the country. Of the 12 states that held governors’ races,...

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Best of 2016

It’s been a pleasure to serve as your education policy team this year! As we close out the year and look forward to working with you...

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State Education Ballot Measures

Along with many new policymakers elected in 2016, states had varying education policy measures on the ballot. Voters in at least 17 states...

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A Rocky Beginning: Suspensions and expulsions in the early years

Increased suspensions and expulsions in the early childhood space, particularly of minority students, have pushed states, districts and...

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