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Perez, Zeke, Jr.; von Zastrow, Claus – Education Commission of the States, 2023
Data governance is a core obligation for leaders and staff across any agency that collects, stores or uses individuals' data. It ensures that individuals' personal information is protected, and can support the continuous improvement of data quality and use, particularly when it includes well-defined processes, structure and responsibilities.…
Descriptors: Governance, Data Use, Privacy, Information Management
Duncombe, Chris; Syverson, Eric – Education Commission of the States, 2023
Innovation in education is vital for responding to emerging challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and for building progress on longstanding challenges in schools. The infusion of substantial, highly flexible pots of federal relief dollars created an opportunity to pilot new programs and initiatives. Many states and districts opted to invest…
Descriptors: Grants, Elementary Secondary Education, Emergency Programs, Pandemics
Kelley, Bryan; Silva-Padrón, Gerardo – Education Commission of the States, 2023
Much attention has been focused on the importance of providing physical and mental health services to students in educational environments in recent years. Millions of students receive school-based health services, and for many students, schools are their first and only option to receive health care. State policymakers have a lot to consider in…
Descriptors: School Health Services, Access to Health Care, State Policy, Elementary Secondary Education
Jamieson, Carlos; Perez, Zeke, Jr. – Education Commission of the States, 2023
After an active election season, State of the State addresses offer time for new and incumbent governors to outline policy priorities and celebrate state accomplishments. Since 2005, we've tracked, analyzed and identified education policy trends in governors' State of the State addresses to help you understand trending education issues across…
Descriptors: State Officials, Preschool Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
Lexi Anderson; Ben Erwin; Zeke Perez Jr. – Education Commission of the States, 2023
There are nearly 1 million credentials in the United States that students and workers can take advantage of, but how information about these credentials is collected and communicated is oftentimes inconsistent and hard to access. In February, we invited a group of postsecondary and workforce development experts to consider how policymakers can…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Credentials, Postsecondary Education, Labor Force Development
Francies, Cassidy; Perez, Zeke, Jr. – Education Commission of the States, 2022
Governors' State of the State Addresses signal policy priorities for the coming year and allow state policymakers to get a sense of trending issues in their state and other states of interest. This year to date, 44 governors have delivered their address, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education reverberated across many of them.…
Descriptors: State Officials, State Policy, Educational Policy, COVID-19
Syverson, Eric; Duncombe, Chris – Education Commission of the States, 2022
States and districts allocate hundreds of billions of dollars annually to fund K-12 schools, and this allocation is largely driven by one calculation: how states count student enrollment. They do this in one of five ways: (1) A single count on a single day; (2) Two counts twice per year; (3) Multiple counts over a period of time; (4) An attendance…
Descriptors: School Funds, Enrollment, Attendance, COVID-19
Pechota, Damion – Education Commission of the States, 2022
To best train and support school leaders in their evolving roles, they require high-quality preparation and in-service pipelines that both address the changing demands on their positions and acknowledge the cascading effects that well-prepared leaders have on both student outcomes and in school culture and retention. Including school leaders in…
Descriptors: Principals, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Training, State Policy
Fulton, Mary – Education Commission of the States, 2022
At least 46 states have set postsecondary attainment goals to improve the educational opportunities and livelihoods of their citizens and to meet workforce demands in a changing labor market. While the data is still emerging, the widespread use of administrative holds by postsecondary institutions may be undermining state education and workforce…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Educational Objectives, Educational Attainment, Educational Opportunities
McDole, Tiffany; Francies, Cassidy – Education Commission of the States, 2022
Teacher shortages continue to be a challenge for state policymakers, and while national media coverage paints a picture of widespread shortages, a closer examination reveals that shortages tend to be concentrated in specific subjects and schools. The primary policy response to shortages is often to recruit more teachers, but research demonstrates…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, Teacher Shortage, Minority Group Teachers
Weyer, Matt; Dell'Erba, Mary – Education Commission of the States, 2022
In collaboration with the Arts Education Partnership, Education Commission of the States is turning its attention to STEAM education (adding the "A" for arts), which can promote a more comprehensive approach and provide state policymakers with more policy levers. Several states have already begun implementing STEAM education and are…
Descriptors: Art Education, STEM Education, State Policy, Educational Policy
Erwin, Ben; Silva-Padrón, Gerardo – Education Commission of the States, 2022
There is growing interest in student-centered learning as a model to better support individual learners. In recent years, state policymakers have pursued multiple approaches to implement this instructional model, but many leaders still experience policy barriers that affect progress. This Policy Brief offers an analysis of policy trends,…
Descriptors: State Policy, Student Centered Learning, Competency Based Education, Teaching Methods
von Zastrow, Claus; Perez, Zeke, Jr. – Education Commission of the States, 2022
Data systems are becoming powerful tools to address students' diverse and changing needs, but without comprehensive data privacy policies, the risks of unintentional or malicious disclosures of students' private information is increasing. Given the mounting challenges to protect data privacy, Education Commission of the States assembled data…
Descriptors: Data Use, Privacy, Information Management, Access to Information
McCann, Meghan; Pechota, Damion – Education Commission of the States, 2022
Community colleges are mission-driven institutions committed to access and community needs. They serve a diverse population: The majority of students are employed, so they have to balance work with school; about one-third are first-generation, so they are navigating an unfamiliar system for the first time in their families; and 15% are single…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Student Diversity, Student Needs
Syverson, Eric; Keily, Tom; Jamieson, Carlos – Education Commission of the States, 2022
Students of color continue to experience disparities in enrollment, retention and completion of postsecondary education -- a reality that's been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of persistent and systemic inequities, policymakers are increasingly interested in exploring funding approaches that support greater access and attainment to…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, Educational Equity (Finance), Postsecondary Education, Access to Education
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