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Research Paper Topics in Education Law and Policy

Education can be a surprisingly contentious area for the development of law and policy. While many of the most pivotal cases, such as Brown v. Board of Education that ruled that segregated schools were unconstitutional, have long been accepted as common practice, federal education policies, such as the No Child Left Behind Act and the Common Core curriculum, have fierce debates between proponents and critics.

There are many available topics on education law. (Credit: wiseGEEK)

There are many available topics on education law. (Credit: wiseGEEK)

If you are looking for research paper topics in education law and policy, you could consider looking into the division between federal and state legislation, historic rulings that have changed education law or the role of standardized testing, as well as the debates on at what grade levels testing is most appropriate, and how much importance testing should be given when allowing schools to receive government funding. Read more

Standardized testing in American education—research paper topics

The news surrounding standardized testing in American education in the last 20 years has been nothing if not controversial. While most can agree that U.S. students need to be evaluated on what they are learning, how that evaluation should be done is more challenging to come to a consensus on.

Standardized testing offers a variety of research topics to cover. (Credit: The Yellin Center)

Standardized testing offers a variety of research topics to cover. (Credit: The Yellin Center)

What are the pros and cons of standardized testing and how educators can best use the data from these tests are just a few of the interesting research paper topics to explore. Read more

Education research topics: Standardized testing and Common Core standards

On September 17, 2015, Seattle students started school after a delay due to a teacher strike over pay increases and more teacher control of standardized testing. The battle over education reform is likely to be one of the key points discussed by candidates for president in 2016. Especially controversial are the Common Core standards.

Standardized testing makes for a good education research topic. (Credit: NCSL.org)

Standardized testing makes for a good education research topic. (Credit: NCSL.org)

By requiring that all students meet certain benchmarks these standards have resulted in an emphasis high stakes testing as a means of measuring school and teacher performance. Those who are planning on a career in education should consider covering education standards for their next research paper. Read more