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Monday, 31st December 2007

Resource of the Week: Education Commission of the States

Resource of the Week: Education Commission of the States
By Shirl Kennedy, Senior Editor

While trolling for papers and reports to post on DocuTicker, our sister site, we often encounter high quality resources that deserve some added attention. Thus, we're pleased to introduce you to the Education Commission of the States (ECS) website, and we've invited Kathy Christie, Vice President, Knowledge Management & ECS Clearinghouse, to provide the details:

The Education Commission of the States (ECS) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit interstate compact created by the states and the U.S. Congress that helps governors, legislators, state education officials, business leaders and others identify, develop and implement public policies to improve student learning at all levels. ECS is the only nationwide interstate compact devoted to education. The ECS website is the nation's most extensive website devoted to education policy. The site is organized to help users access information in the way that policymakers most typically ask for it:

  • "What are other states doing?"
  • "What should I read and/or what does the research say?"
  • "Where else can I get information?"

It features comprehensive packages of information on a growing number of early learning, K-12 and postsecondary issues, ranging from broad overviews to in-depth policy analyses.

Special features include:

Some recent releases of note include:

  • Virtual High Schools -- A new ECS Database examines state virtual high schools. A total of 18 datapoints provide information on: (1) student curriculum and access; (2) finance; (3) teaching quality; and (4) program quality/accountability.
  • High School Level Accountability -- This database provides 50-state information on the indicators, notifications/supports, sanctions and rewards established in state policy in response to state-level accountability initiatives. Policies relate to high school-level (not district-level) accountability.


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