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State Policymaking Study

Soung Bae
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Project Researchers: 
Elizabeth Leisy Stosich
Project Funders: 
Sandler Foundation

The literature on educational policy typically falls into two camps: reports that advocate for particular policies and research that analyzes the influence of policy changes on instruction and student learning. What is missing is a focus on how policymakers understand policy problems and how these understandings influence the policymaking process, including the choice of policy instruments or policy solutions.

The goal of this study is to understand and explain how educational policymakers in four states conceptualize and design educational policies, how their political culture and history shapes the policymaking process, and how, if at all, the passage of ESSA influences their policy trajectories.