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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
Sedney, Christina – Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, 2016
In 2016, there was an increasingly dramatic divergence between state economies in the West. Most states in the region benefited from an ongoing economic recovery, but states reliant on the energy sector for tax revenues were hit hard by the global decline in oil prices. This resulted in varying budget situations in legislatures across the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Legislation, Economic Impact, Economic Factors
Laine, Richard; Cohen, Marjorie; Nielson, Kate; Palmer, Iris – NGA Center for Best Practices, 2015
The education system of the United States is not adequately preparing a large proportion of its students for college, career-training, and, ultimately, jobs that provide enough income to support a middle class standard of living. Because the education system has failed to attain hoped-for outcomes, some states are investigating new systems,…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Educational Policy
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Burke, Lindsey M.; Stepman, Jarrett – Journal of School Choice, 2014
Though school choice has proven to be popular, barriers remain in some states as a result of so-called Blaine Amendments and similar policies to prevent education funding from following students to religious schools as a part of school choice options. If left to stand, these ignoble 19th century amendments will remain major impediments to the…
Descriptors: School Choice, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Educational Change
Prescott, Brian T.; Longanecker, David A. – Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, 2014
With increasingly widespread calls to raise educational attainment levels without substantially growing public investment in higher education, policymakers and others have devoted growing attention to the role of financial aid programs in providing access to, promoting affordability for, and incentivizing success in college. Given relative levels…
Descriptors: State Aid, Alignment (Education), Educational Policy, Access to Education
Hoff, David J. – Education Week, 2006
The classes of 2006 in California, Arizona, and Utah are those states' first that must pass high school exit exams to earn diplomas. Twenty-three states now have such exams. Maryland will require a graduation test for next year's class, and Washington state will do so for the class of 2008. In most states with such a requirement, students take the…
Descriptors: Exit Examinations, Graduation Requirements, High Schools, Intervention