In the aftermath of the February 2018 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, state boards of education […]


A critical factor for strengthening educational leadership is collaboration between state boards of education and state education agencies. In a […]


Student achievement and school discipline practices are strongly linked over the long term. One Texas study found that about 10 […]


New Jersey policymakers implemented the first alternative certification program in 1983, according to the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Since then, such programs have become an important factor in the education workforce. As of 2011–12, about 40 percent of teacher preparation […]


State boards of education in 2017 increasingly recognized computer science as integral to their policy agendas in line with the national push to step up K-12 instruction in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), draw more women and minorities into […]


On September 5, 2017, President Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) policy, which has allowed undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children to receive renewable two-year periods of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for […]


According to NASBE’s State Board Insight database, many state boards of education in 2017 explored how to enhance and scale school improvement efforts by networking schools and districts statewide. While types of statewide efforts vary, they share common features. All […]


More than one in three state boards of education included social and emotional learning (SEL) on their 2017 agendas, prioritizing everything from mental health to teacher preparation. While there was buzz at the outset of 2017 suggesting that some states […]


Competency-based education (CBE), in which students demonstrate mastery of subject matter before advancing, is popping up in legislation and on state board agendas. One CBE-related bill in Florida was enacted in 2016, two were enacted in 2017 (in Utah and […]


State boards of education have been raising expectations for learning in order to get students ready for college, careers, and life. These efforts only intensify the need for states to simultaneously build an effective, diverse teacher workforce, especially for traditionally […]