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Pompelia, Sarah – Education Commission of the States, 2020
Dual enrollment programs allow students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously. As dual enrollment programs have grown, policymakers across the country have been increasingly attentive to the issue of who has access to these courses. In 2019, states considered at least 219 bills related to dual enrollment; nearly half of those…
Descriptors: Dual Enrollment, High School Students, College Credits, State Legislation
Zinth, Jennifer; Weyer, Matt; Atchison, Bruce – Education Commission of the States, 2020
States have often introduced programs supporting science, technology, engineering and math in the secondary grades. Yet the evidence of STEM's positive impact on young children's development makes a compelling case for engaging learners in pre-K through third grade in consistent, authentic and high-quality STEM experiences. High-quality P-3 STEM…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Primary Education, Preschool Education, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
Pechota, Damion; Scott, Deven – Education Commission of the States, 2020
Research demonstrates that strong leadership has a positive impact on school quality. School and district leadership is second to classroom instruction, in terms of its influence on student learning. In addition, effective leaders are an important factor in the recruitment and retention of high-quality teachers. Because of this, states are…
Descriptors: Leadership Responsibility, Educational Quality, Administrator Effectiveness, Administrator Education
Pechota, Damion; Scott, Deven – Education Commission of the States, 2020
School leadership is a key component of successful school environments and academic performance strategies. Among school-related factors, school leadership is second to teaching in its impact on student learning. In addition, research shows that strong leaders contribute significantly to successful school turnaround. To ensure that school leaders…
Descriptors: Principals, Professional Development, School Turnaround, State Policy
Fulton, Mary – Education Commission of the States, 2020
Nearly half of the states allow community colleges to award bachelor's degrees as one strategy to meet workforce demands, increase access to educational and career advancement opportunities, address affordability and raise attainment rates. Emerging research also suggests that community college bachelor's degrees may play a role in better serving…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Bachelors Degrees, Educational Policy, State Policy
Education Commission of the States, 2020
Postsecondary institutions and systems across the nation have demonstrated remarkable progress since the first "Core Principles for Transforming Remediation Within a Comprehensive Student Success Strategy" was published in 2015 (see ED561279). Building on this progress, the Summary Details Education Commission of the States (ECS) has…
Descriptors: Developmental Studies Programs, Remedial Programs, Educational Change, Change Strategies
Keily, Tom – Education Commission of the States, 2019
The notion that the U.S. has a growing skills gap -- the difference between what employers need to fill in-demand positions and the skill of the current workforce -- is a hot topic among policymakers. By 2020, 65 percent of jobs will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school, according to the Georgetown University Center on…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, High School Students, Job Skills, Skill Development
Whinnery, Erin; Pompelia, Sarah – Education Commission of the States, 2019
For many students, developmental education is the largest obstacle to college success, hindering progress before they ever enroll in a college-level course. Postsecondary practitioners and researchers have been re-examining and challenging many traditional elements of developmental education from placement strategies to the sequence of courses…
Descriptors: Developmental Studies Programs, Educational Policy, Postsecondary Education, College Students
Ganga, Elizabeth; Mazzariello, Amy – Education Commission of the States, 2019
Community colleges and open-access, four-year colleges admit nearly everyone who applies and enroll students with a wide range of skills. Many of these colleges run developmental education programs for students who they determine are underprepared for college-level courses. More than two-thirds of community college students are assigned to…
Descriptors: Student Placement, Student Evaluation, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
Dell'Erba, Mary – Education Commission of the States, 2019
Since the Every Student Succeeds Act became law, states have taken advantage of opportunities to engage the arts more broadly in education policy -- from including the arts in STEM education to using the arts as a strategy to meet the needs of underserved youth. At the same time, many states' policy agendas address school choice, with ongoing…
Descriptors: Art Education, School Choice, Charter Schools, Magnet Schools
Dell'Erba, Mary – Education Commission of the States, 2019
Education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics has captured the attention of state policymakers who are concerned about preparing students for an evolving workforce. By 2030, Institute for the Future estimates that 85 percent of the jobs that today's K-12 learners will be doing haven't been invented -- demanding a workforce that is…
Descriptors: Art Education, STEM Education, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education
Keily, Tom – Education Commission of the States, 2019
Researchers suggest that the economy of the future will consist of jobs that do not currently exist, there will likely be a shortage of individuals with necessary education and credentials to fill those jobs, and if the nation does not produce this workforce, there will likely be a $1.72 trillion loss in productivity by 2030. Considering these…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Labor Force Development, Educational Policy, State Policy
von Zastrow, Claus; Kelley, Bryan – Education Commission of the States, 2019
States' efforts to incorporate technology and engineering into K-12 science instruction appear to be bearing fruit: More than five years after states began adopting K-12 science standards that feature technology and engineering, eighth graders have notched higher scores on a national assessment of those subjects. This Policy Brief presents…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Science Instruction
Pechota, Damion; Pingel, Sarah; Smillie, Siri; Dachelet, Karole; Keily, Tom – Education Commission of the States, 2019
In today's evolving economy, state policymakers, education leaders, workforce system leaders and employers are all looking for opportunities to meet rapidly changing workforce needs. Economists project that shortages of workers with postsecondary education -- some college, an associate degree, bachelor's degree or higher -- could lead to nearly…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, State Policy, Policy Formation, Education Work Relationship
Erwin, Ben – Education Commission of the States, 2019
Ensuring the safety and security of students is vital to creating a positive learning environment. Active shooter situations at postsecondary institutions resulted in about 150 casualties between 2000 and 2017. This prevalence of gun violence at postsecondary institutions, which is often viewed in the context of larger conversations around gun…
Descriptors: Weapons, State Policy, State Legislation, Postsecondary Education
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