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Mann, Sharmila – Education Commission of the States, 2019
This Policy Brief provides a detailed look at 529 education savings plans -- investment accounts with tax advantages -- including a breakdown of maximum annual dollar amounts and state tax deductions allowed, state responses to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, information on legislation in 2018 that changes eligible expenses allowed under 529 plans and…
Descriptors: Investment, Taxes, Federal State Relationship, State Policy
Aragon, Stephanie – Education Commission of the States, 2018
Teacher evaluations can be used by states and districts to support and develop an exceptional workforce. Accurate evaluations based on quality data can help differentiate teacher performance, inform feedback, improve professional development, provide opportunities for pay increases and advancement, and provide rationale for teacher dismissals. Yet…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Evaluation Needs, Evaluation Problems, Educational Trends
Parker, Emily; Sarubbi, Molly – Education Commission of the States, 2017
Many students have concerns about the affordability of college, which may interfere with their potential success. However, foster care alumni have unique needs when making the transition into postsecondary enrollment. Compared to completion rates for the general population, postsecondary education outcomes for youth with foster care experience lag…
Descriptors: Foster Care, College Students, Student Financial Aid, State Programs
Baumann, Paul; Brennan, Jan – Education Commission of the States, 2017
The civic education policy framework and gap analysis tool are intended to guide state leaders as they address the complexities of preparing students for college, career and civic life. They allow for adaptation to state- and site-specific circumstances and may be adopted in whole or in piecemeal fashion, according to states' individual…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Civics, College Readiness, Career Readiness
Holly, Neal; Fulton, Mary – Education Commission of the States, 2017
Concerned with low on-time graduation rates, state lawmakers continue to turn to outcomes-based funding (OBF) as one policy approach to support postsecondary degree attainment and workforce goals. Policymakers have also been confronted with constituent complaints about student debt loads, course schedules and academic programs that force students…
Descriptors: State Aid, Funding Formulas, Outcomes of Education, School Holding Power
Zinth, Jennifer – Education Commission of the States, 2016
Allowing high school students to fulfill a math or science high school graduation requirement via a computer science credit may encourage more student to pursue computer science coursework. This Education Trends report is an update to the original report released in April 2015 and explores state policies that allow or require districts to apply…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, Graduation Requirements, Computer Science Education, Educational Trends
Aragon, Stephanie – Education Commission of the States, 2015
The first charter school law surfaced in Minnesota in 1991, and since then, 42 additional states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have passed laws governing charter schools. Yet still today, the details within those state laws vary significantly, and seven states do not have a law at all. Legislation permitting charter schools was…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, State Legislation, Comparative Analysis, Accountability
Pingel, Sarah – Education Commission of the States, 2014
The outcomes states gain from investing in postsecondary financial aid programs remain hotly debated, leading to great interest in developing programs that are both cost-effective and productive in helping states meet goals. In the 2012-13 academic year, states collectively provided approximately $11.2 billion in financial aid to students enrolled…
Descriptors: State Aid, Student Financial Aid, Postsecondary Education, College Students
Rose, Stephanie – Education Commission of the States, 2010
The Education Commission of the States reviewed all 36 Race to the Top (RttT) round II applications. Each of the 36 states that applied for round II funding referenced pay for performance under the heading of "Improving teacher and principal effectiveness based on performance." The majority of states outlined pay for performance…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs