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Education Commission of the States, 2018
The discretion provided to states under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) offers new possibilities for policymakers to determine how best to allocate resources and support policies to provide students with a well-rounded education. As states begin to examine new strategies for improving student outcomes and developing the next generation of…
Descriptors: Art Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Teaching Methods, Professional Development
Center on Standards and Assessments Implementation, 2018
The recommendations in this brief create a framework for using data effectively to make instructional decisions. The availability of student-level data for educators has pushed forward the movement to strengthen the role of data to guide instruction and improve student learning. While improvements in technology and assessments, as well as recent…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Information Utilization, Data Collection, Data Analysis
Zinth, Jennifer – Education Commission of the States, 2018
This Special Report outlines state-level policy components that help ensure work-based learning opportunities for high school students are well-coordinated, broadly accessible, aligned to state or regional workforce demands, and of high quality.
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, Work Experience Programs, High School Students
Whinnery, Erin – Education Commission of the States, 2018
Prior learning assessment policies allow students to earn college credit for knowledge and experience gained outside of a classroom, which can accelerate their time to graduation. Research shows that students who receive Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit accumulate more credit and graduate more quickly and at higher rates than their peers who…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Student Evaluation, State Policy, College Credits
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, 2018
The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)--the nation's largest regional tuition-reciprocity program--is celebrating its 30th year of regional exchange in the 2017-18 academic year. The tuition reciprocity agreement allows nonresident students from a WICHE state to enroll in participating two- or four-year public institutions located in another…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Exchange Programs, Geographic Regions, Out of State Students
Ziebarth, Todd – National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, 2017
There were a number of historic public charter school policy wins across the country in 2017. Kentucky became the 44th state (along with the District of Columbia) to enact a charter school law. Colorado and Florida provided charter school students with unprecedented access to locally raised dollars for facilities. Tennessee and Texas created new…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Public Schools, State Legislation, Educational Legislation
Sedney, Christina; Lane, Patrick – Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, 2017
2017 saw every legislature in the West in session--including the 15 Western states, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam--with legislators addressing a diverse array of higher education topics and dealing with an equally wide variety of budgetary outlooks. As in past years, Western states featured some of the largest…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Geographic Location, Educational Legislation, State Legislation
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
Auck, Alyssa; Railey, Hunter – Education Commission of the States, 2016
Each year, governors take the stage to highlight accomplishments and outline policy priorities for their states. In an effort to provide up-to-date information on education policy trends, Education Commission of the States tracks all education policy proposals and accomplishments featured by governors in these State of the State addresses. At the…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Educational Policy, Educational Finance, Compensation (Remuneration)
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
Tilley-Coulson, Eve – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2016
While educators and parents recognize computer science as a key skill for career readiness, only five states have adopted learning standards in this area. Tides are changing, however, as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) recognizes with its call on states to provide a "well-rounded education" for students, to include computer science…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Academic Standards, State Standards, State Policy
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
Szekely, Amanda; Wat, Albert – National Governors Association, 2016
Children's academic and social development before third grade is highly predictive of later success in school and beyond. Research shows that during those early years, the gains children make in language and literacy, mathematics and social skills, and their growth as learners and thinkers are associated with a range of benefits, from academic…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Assessment, Educational Strategies, Educational Improvement
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, 2015
This report covers fall 2014 enrollments for WUE [Western Undergraduate Exchange], WRGP [Western Regional Graduate Program], and PSEP [Professional Student Exchange Program]. It details the funds that flow between students' home states and the enrolling PSEP institutions that receive them. This newly expanded format gives detailed enrollment for…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Professional Education
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, 2015
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and its 16 member states and territories work collaboratively to expand educational access and excellence for their citizens. By promoting innovation, cooperation, resource sharing, and sound public policy, WICHE strengthens higher education's contributions to social, economic, and…
Descriptors: Interstate Programs, Educational Finance, Access to Education, Higher Education
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