(College) Ready or Not, Here Comes ESSA!

 The latest reauthorization of the ESEA, the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, provides a great deal of testing flexibility to states....

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The Presidential Election and Education Funding

Sometimes the numbers can be overwhelming – there are more than 50 million students in America’s K-12 public education system. Our...

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Arts Education Policy: A look at the year ahead

It is a new day for the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) and one that Education Commission of the States  is elated to help lead! ...

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New Partnership Formed to Address Important Campus Safety Issues

Education Commission of the States and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education recently partnered to address...

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States Enter the ESSA Era: Five strategies for success

 This blog post is a guest post written by Marisa Goldstein, The Aspen Institute Education & Society Program With ESSA going into full...

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You Can’t Spell “ESSA” Without “Civics”!

 As you likely know by now, we have a new national education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaces the outdated No...

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Looking Ahead in 2016: State of the State education policy trends

Since 2011, Education Commission of the States has provided summaries of governor’s State of the State addresses as a way of uncovering...

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What Are “U” Thinking? STEM challenges and a state model

The challenge to many states’ STEM initiatives can be summed up in three “U”s: uncoordinated, underfunded and un-evaluated. What do...

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Closing the Civic Empowerment Gap

Election year brings an expected focus on voter participation and engagement. Of particular interest and concern are significant changes...

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State-Level Free Community College: Policy transformation or more of the same?

Every morning at the public high school across the street from my home, students show up from a few different neighborhoods: the middle...

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