The reports provide descriptive information about these student populations, explore their educational challenges, review currently enacted state and federal policies designed to address their needs, and provide policy considerations for schools, districts and/or state governments.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) seeks to ensure that all youth receive an equitable education and creates new opportunities for states to develop policies supporting educational attainment of specific youth populations that face educational disparities. To assist state education leaders in the policymaking process, Education Commission of the States is releasing five reports focused on a few of these student populations:

State and Federal Policy: Gifted and talented youth

State and Federal Policy: Homeless youth

State and Federal Policy: Incarcerated youth

State and Federal Policy: Military youth

State and Federal Policy: Native American youth