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Perez, Zeke, Jr. – Education Commission of the States, 2017
This Policy Snapshot defines and explores statewide longitudinal data systems, as well as relevant 2016 and 2017 legislation.
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Data Collection, Educational Policy, State Policy
Parker, Emily; Atchison, Bruce; Workman, Emily – Education Commission of the States, 2016
This report highlights significant investments made by both Republican and Democratic policymakers in state-funded pre-k programs for the fourth year in a row. In the 2015-16 budget year, 32 states and the District of Columbia raised funding levels of pre-k programs. This increased support for preschool funding came from both sides of the…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, State Aid, Annual Reports, Trend Analysis
Aragon, Stephanie – Education Commission of the States, 2016
The "State of the States 2016" summarizes state policies for arts education identified in statute or administrative code for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Information is based on a comprehensive search of state education statute and codes on each state's relevant websites. Complete results from this review are available in…
Descriptors: Art Education, Educational Policy, State Policy, Early Childhood Education
Parker, Emily; Diffey, Louisa; Atchison, Bruce – Education Commission of the States, 2016
Research indicates that a high-quality, full-day kindergarten experience is a crucial component to setting students up for ongoing academic success, yet vast differences exist in the quality of kindergarten programs and how they are funded across the states. As states continue to develop strong pre-kindergarten (pre-K) programs, many are also…
Descriptors: School Schedules, Kindergarten, Academic Achievement, Preschool Education
Aragon, Stephanie; Rowland, Julie – Education Commission of the States, 2015
Education Commission of the States (ECS) strives to keep its constituency apprised of education policy trends across the states. To provide a comprehensive overview of educational priorities outlined by governors, ECS summarized the education proposals and accomplishments detailed in every 2015 State of the State address delivered to date. Each…
Descriptors: State Government, State Officials, State Policy, Educational Policy
Workman, Emily – Education Commission of the States, 2014
The third-grade year is considered a pivotal point in a child's educational career, as a critical shift in learning takes place--one where basic reading skills are established and can begin to be utilized for more complex learning. State policymakers are well aware of the importance of ensuring that all students are reading at grade level by the…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Reading Programs, Educational Policy, Reading Diagnosis
Thomsen, Jennifer – Education Commission of the States, 2014
Education issues were again at the forefront when the leaders of 42 states and the District of Columbia outlined their priorities in their 2014 State of the State addresses. Governors outlined their plans for increasing the quality and availability of education--from preschool through postsecondary--to spur economic growth and enhance the quality…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Quality, Access to Education, Economic Development
Workman, Emily; Griffith, Michael; Atchison, Bruce – Education Commission of the States, 2014
The nation continues to recover from one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression. States were hit hard, incurred significant losses, and many are only just now showing signs of meaningful recovery. Whether it is efforts to bring investments in pre-K back to pre-recession levels or creating new investments, states have indicated, for the…
Descriptors: State Aid, Financial Support, Preschool Education, Economic Climate
Rowland, Judy – Education Commission of the States, 2014
This report serves as a quick reference guide for elected officials to compare key education policies and data in their states to the rest of the nation. The first section highlights major state policies for all 50 states in both table and chart formats (see Summary Charts ). The second section provides key state data, such as per-student spending…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, Statistical Data, Charts