Changes in State Education Leadership

Note: this blog post was updated on Dec. 15, 2016, with final election results. The enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)...

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A Tale of Two Students: How State Policy Affects College Access for Foster Youth

Foster youth, historically, have low levels of educational attainment. Of the approximate 415,000 youth in foster care, only 46 percent...

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Doctoring New STEM Teachers

This blog post is a guest post by Jeff Weld, Ph.D., Executive Director, Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council The parallel evolution of...

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Day One at the 2016 National Forum on Education Policy

The first day of Education Commission of the States’ National Forum was a tremendous success!  More than 580 education policy leaders...

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2016 STEM Legislative Activity

STEM continues to be the focus of significant legislative activity. Dozens of 2016 enactments – both statutory provisions and...

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Computer Science: Crossing party lines [of code]

Computer science continues to be a hot topic for policymakers across role groups and party lines. Part of this interest is driven by data...

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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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Workin’ It: Making high school CTE policy count

Career/technical education (CTE) will likely remain a hot topic in 2016. Yet, to better prepare high school students for tomorrow’s jobs,...

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Engaged Citizenship – Trends Report on the Civic Education Initiative

Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states? If you answered to provide schooling and...

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Civics Initiative Legislative Update: Taking a pulse

The new Civics Education Initiative — requiring high school students to pass a 100-question test on basic history and civic facts to...

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