Education Policy Briefs

About The Education Policy Briefs

In August, 2014, the National Council for Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA) Board provided the Educational Leadership Research Center (ELRC) the forum to publish the Education Policy Briefs.


The purpose of the ELRC/NCPEA Education Policy Briefs is to help policymakers in advancing their knowledge and understanding of a variety of policies in learning through a focus of high-quality briefs. The briefs may be about existing policies or may inform new policy based on research. Additionally, there may be comparative analyses published related to policy. The editors welcome contributions from state, national, and international scholars. The criteria for acceptance of briefs are that they are analytical or critical, contribute to policy in the field, and are accessible to state, national, or international policymakers. Authors must consider social responsibility in developing the briefs. Publication guidelines can be found below.

ELRC/NCPEA Education Policy Briefs is an international refereed publication that will be a major resource to exchange information on education policy.



  • Dr. Beverly J. Irby, Director of ELRC, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Dr. Mario Torres, Texas A&M University, College Station

Editorial Board representing ELRC and NCPEA

  • Dr. M. David Alexander, Virginia Tech
  • Dr. James Berry, Eastern Michigan University
  • Dr. Brad Bizzell, Radford University
  • Dr. Brandon Core, Texas Association of School Administrators
  • Dr. Fenwick English, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Dr. Linda K. Lemasters, George Washington University
  • Dr. Jean Madsen, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Dr. Carol Mullen, Virginia Tech
  • Dr. Robert Muller, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Dr. Debra E. Owens, Tennessee Department of Education
  • Dr. Rosemary Papa, Northern Arizona State
  • Dr. Will Place, St. Joseph University
  • Dr. Autumn Tooms Cyprés, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dr. Gwen Webb-Hasan, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Dr. Don Wise, California State University, Fresno


The Education Policy Brief must be concise as the name implies. Policymakers and their staff want the essence of the supporting research and the main points in terms of the policy recommendations of a policy in question. The Education Policy Brief must be coherent, easily read and understood, informative, and research based in order for the policymakers to quickly digest it and take away the cogent points.

The Education Policy Brief will be evaluated based on the following:

  • Is there a persuasive argument?
  • Is the Brief clear and organized?
  • Does it present cogent arguments from current research in a concise and understandable manner?  
  • Is there a brief overview of the issue being presented?
  • Does the author provide an advance organizer in terms of outlining the matter and what the reader is about the read?
  • Does the author provide a brief background to the policy topic?
  • Does the author clearly present opinions, principles, and evidence of the topic?
  • Are recommendations stated clearly in the Brief?
  • Does the author close with a convincing opinion and overarching recommendation and a concise statement?

APA Publication Manual (6th Edition) must be followed, no more than 3000 to 4000 words, and use bullets or numbered lists when possible.

How To Submit an Education Policy Brief

Go to NCPEA Publications FastTrack System to register an account.

Once logged in, you can enter the document submission page.