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Sarubbi, Molly; Pingel, Sarah – Education Commission of the States, 2018
Postsecondary education is one of the largest investments that students and their families make, with average yearly cost of attendance--including tuition, fees, room and board--of just under $17,000 to attend a public institution in the 2015-16 academic year. In the context of increasing college costs, aid dollars have failed to keep pace with…
Descriptors: Paying for College, Student Financial Aid, State Policy, Costs
Education Commission of the States, 2017
In December 2015, the U.S. Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and, with it, ushered in a new era of education policy in America. Leaving behind many of the most criticized aspects of its predecessor, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), this newest incarnation of the primary federal legislation guiding K-12 education provides state and…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Art Education, Elementary Secondary Education
Pingel, Sarah – Education Commission of the States, 2017
This Policy Snapshot explores need-based financial aid programs across the country and highlights state program examples, grant and scholarship expenditure amounts, and recent legislative activity.
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Need Analysis (Student Financial Aid), Educational Policy, State Aid
Rafa, Alyssa – Education Commission of the States, 2017
Research shows that chronic absenteeism can affect academic performance in later grades and is a key early warning sign that a student is more likely to drop out of high school. Several states enacted legislation to address this issue, and many states are currently discussing the utility of chronic absenteeism as an indicator of school quality or…
Descriptors: Attendance Patterns, Academic Achievement, Educational Policy, At Risk Students
Wixom, Micah Ann – Education Commission of the States, 2017
This education Policy Analysis provides a comprehensive look at eligibility requirements, accountability and funding for voucher programs across the states, and includes research findings and legal challenges for this private school choice option.
Descriptors: Educational Vouchers, Eligibility, Accountability, Financial Support
Wixom, Micah Ann – Education Commission of the States, 2017
Open-enrollment policies allow students to transfer from one public school to another of their choice. While open-enrollment policies involve students transferring to another school or district, the specifics of these policies vary significantly across states. States' open-enrollment policies may allow for voluntary or mandatory participation at…
Descriptors: Open Enrollment, Public Schools, Educational Legislation, State Legislation
Brennan, Jan – Education Commission of the States, 2017
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) builds upon recent state efforts to reinvigorate the commitment of education to prepare students, not just for college and career, but also for citizenship and full participation in democratic life. This report outlines how ESSA strengthens opportunities for states to expand and support civic learning and…
Descriptors: Civics, Citizenship Education, Educational Trends, Democratic Values
Fulton, Mary – Education Commission of the States, 2017
Guided pathways are emerging as a strategy to help students complete a credential in a timely manner by encouraging or requiring them to select a program, and develop a degree plan or map, on a specified timeline. At a minimum, institutions may ask students to identify a meta-major, which is a broad area of academic programs with related courses…
Descriptors: Graduation, Strategic Planning, Time to Degree, Majors (Students)
Pingel, Sarah – Education Commission of the States, 2017
Applying for financial aid can be a complicated, time-consuming endeavor for students and their families. Fortunately, many state aid programs have taken strides to align aid applications to the form used for federal aid programs, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), making state aid more readily accessible. New conversations…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Financial Aid Applicants, Student Financial Aid, Job Simplification
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
Anderson, Lexi – Education Commission of the States, 2017
The increasing need for highly-skilled employees in the workplace has policymakers and higher education leaders focused on innovative ways for students to access postsecondary education. These access points can include online programs, prior learning assessments and, the subject of this snapshot, competency-based education. The National Center for…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Educational Benefits, Postsecondary Education, Role of Education
Brennan, Jan – Education Commission of the States, 2017
This Promising Practices report explores the civic learning and engagement efforts of Massachusetts' public higher education system in five areas: vision of Preparing Citizens as a core educational commitment, development of a state higher education Policy on Civic Learning, creation of civic engagement and service-learning course designations,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Civics, Citizenship Education, Learner Engagement
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
Railey, Hunter – Education Commission of the States, 2017
This 50-State Review provides an overview of governance structures in the states, as well as implications for practice, deep dives into four governance models and examples of other governance models. One appendix, State Education Governance Models by State, is included.
Descriptors: Governance, State Government, Models, State Policy
Anderson, Lexi – Education Commission of the States, 2017
As of 2011, 31 million adults in the United States had some college credit but had not earned a postsecondary credential, defined in this brief as a near-completer. This brief provides an overview of the 2017 near-completer policy landscape and a detailed review of three states implementing innovative outreach to this population. State example…
Descriptors: College Credits, Outreach Programs, Intervention, State Policy
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