Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 6, 2015
Sen. Jason Smalley
Smalley appointed to the Education Commission of the States
On Wednesday, Senate President Pro Tempore Brian
Bingman appointed Senator
Jason Smalley to serve as a member of the Education Commission
of the States (ECS). The nonpartisan organization that works with
policymakers, researchers and practitioners at all levels of education,
from pre-K to postsecondary, tracking state policy trends, translating
academic research, providing unbiased advice and creating opportunities
for state leaders to learn from one another.
“It’s an honor to be appointed to this commission that
deals with the most important responsibility we have as state and
federal legislators and that’s educating our youth,”
said Smalley, R-Stroud. “Oklahoma’s educational system
is in disarray right now so it’s imperative that we reach
out to experts in the field as well as our colleagues in other states
to learn what’s working in their schools. We have no time
to waste. We must ensure that Oklahoma’s youth are getting
the best possible education whether it be in kindergarten, high
school, college or career tech.”
ECS is the only state-focused national organization to bring together
governors, state legislators, K-12 and higher education department
chiefs and other education leaders. Each state or territory is represented
by seven Commissioners who are selected through a process specified
in their statutes. Commissioners serve on various committees, which
guide ECS’s policy directions, oversee the budget and investments,
and plan their annual meeting.
ECS provides numerous services including:
• State Education Policy Tracking – database contains
more than 36,000 education laws from 1994 to present, searchable
by state, topic and years.
• 50-State Databases – compare different state’s
laws to other states focusing on issues such as
kindergarten, remedial education and dual enrollment.
• Research Summaries – the latest academic research,
translated in reader-friendly language and searchable by the questions
policymakers are asking.
The organization is currently working on several special projects
- Reporting Remediation: understanding how different states calculate
college remedial rates.
- The Blueprint Project: analyzing how states are promoting college
readiness and success.
- Rating Schools: how are states measuring their schools and holding
- Innovations in School Finance: a series of six annual papers that
simplify complex issues.
- Early Learning: a variety of research into early childhood education
including state funding
levels and other legislative action.
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