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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
Peltzman, Alissa; Curl, Cory – Council of Chief State School Officers, 2019
State and school report cards provide a powerful avenue for states to reach families and the broader public as essential partners in improving student outcomes. The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and many state legislatures require states to publish an array of education data including measures at the state, district, and school levels.…
Descriptors: Data Use, Educational Improvement, Equal Education, Decision Making
Fox, Christine; Jones, Rachel – State Educational Technology Directors Association, 2019
The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and its state member leaders play a pivotal role in driving high-speed broadband access to all students to best prepare them for college and careers. Complementing the 2016 "State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity and Access" (see ED569341), this publication…
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Internet, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership
New Leaders, 2018
In their plans to carry out the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states universally recognize what New Leaders has long known: "leadership changes everything." In fact, every single state has committed to directing some portion of its federal funding into investments in leadership--from teacher leaders to principals and…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Leadership
Bose, Jennifer; Winsor, Jean E.; Timmons, Jaimie – Institute for Community Inclusion, 2018
This brief is the third in a series focusing on Employment First implementation as it relates to one of the seven elements within the High-Performing States in Integrated Employment model. It examines the background of circumstances under which Employment First efforts began in seven states, and introduces each state's values, mission, and goals…
Descriptors: State Policy, Employment Opportunities, Employment Services, Disabilities
Carnevale, Anthony P.; Garcia, Tanya I.; Gulish, Artem – Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 2017
This report shows how state leaders are using technological advances to improve the use of data in five critical areas: (1) Helping economic and workforce developers, businesses, and colleges to reduce the high costs resulting from uninformed education and workforce decisions; (2) Assisting college leaders in making program-related decisions that…
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Career Readiness, Data, Information Utilization
Fulton, Mary – Education Commission of the States, 2017
This Policy Snapshot provides summary information for 2017 legislation related to attainment goals and plans, as well as policy actions from previous years.
Descriptors: Educational Policy, State Policy, Postsecondary Education, Policy Formation
Center on Standards and Assessments Implementation, 2016
In the past year, a number of states have eliminated the requirements for high school exit or graduation examinations and retroactively issued diplomas to students who had completed all other graduation requirements but had not passed the required examinations. On the other hand, some states have begun to require students to pass a civics test as…
Descriptors: Graduation Requirements, High Schools, State Standards, Exit Examinations
Fox, Christine; Jones, Rachel – State Educational Technology Directors Association, 2016
The May 2012 State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) report, "The Broadband Imperative: Recommendations to Address K-12 Education Infrastructure Needs," pushed educators and policy makers nationwide to increase high-speed broadband access in schools, with specific recommendations regarding access, funding, and policies…
Descriptors: Internet, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Access to Computers
Anderson, Lexi – Education Commission of the States, 2015
States are introducing and enacting an increasing number of bills targeted toward workforce development and career and technical education. The increase in legislation illustrates a shift toward creating collaborations between higher education institutions and employers in the state as one strategy to enhance workforce development and…
Descriptors: Labor Force Development, Educational Policy, Vocational Education, State Legislation
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
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Roberts, Julia Link; Pereira, Nielsen; Knotts, J. Dusteen – Gifted Child Today, 2015
Legislation and policy lead to action. In the absence of law or policy, situations are addressed on a case-by-case basis or they are sometimes ignored. Legislation and policy become extremely important when they relate to groups that have traditionally been marginalized, such as students with disabilities or students with gifts and talents, and…
Descriptors: Gifted, State Legislation, Educational Policy, Advocacy
National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2014
States with an alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards (AA-MAS) that received a flexibility waiver from some of the requirements of No Child Left Behind are required to phase out their use of this assessment. And, on August 23, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education published a proposed rollback of regulation that allowed the…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, State Standards
Lazarus, Sheryl; Thurlow, Martha; Christensen, Laurene; Shyyan, Vitaliy – National Center on Educational Outcomes, 2014
Federal policy initiatives such as the flexibility waivers for accountability are requiring that states transition away from the use of an alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards (AA-MAS). It is expected that those students who had participated in that assessment will instead participate in the state's general assessment (or a…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Low Achievement
Moreno, Jenny Bonilla; Gaines, Elizabeth; Evennou, Danielle – Forum for Youth Investment, 2014
This report is intended to help governors, legislators, department secretaries, and advocates find information on ways to strengthen the structure and function of their existing cabinets, or create a new cabinet. The survey in this report is the nation's only survey of state child and youth policy coordinating bodies. The biennial survey assesses…
Descriptors: State Policy, State Surveys, State Agencies, Children
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