Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Education Commission of the States
Jill K. Conrad & Rodney Muth
Created in 1965, the Education Commission of the States (ECS) is an interstate compact that facilitates exchanges of information and ideas on educational policy among state-level policymakers. Spurred by the vision of former Harvard University president James Bryant Conant, ECS was conceived as both a counterbalance to the growing influence of the federal government in education and an opportunity for state leadership to shape the future of education. Conant's Shaping Education Policy outlined many of the current and future challenges states would face in shaping their educational systems and called for a mechanism whereby state leaders could learn from one another. He called In ...