The COVID-19 pandemic posed a challenge to state boards of education as they continued their work while social distancing: open meeting laws. As governors shut down public spaces, many state boards scrambled to conduct meetings virtually that met state guidance […]

As the 2019–20 school year comes to a close, many states are looking to summer school to combat the learning loss from coronavirus-related school closures. An April NWEA report projects that students will return to school in fall 2020 with […]

On March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency concerning the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As confirmed cases across the United States continued to rise, state education policymakers found themselves struggling to keep students safe and prepared to […]

Over the past decade, the number of states offering students the chance to earn seals of biliteracy on their high school diplomas went from zero to 38 (including the District of Columbia). California was the first to adopt such a […]

This past year saw state boards of education reviewing their career and technical education (CTE) systems, adopting specialized teaching endorsements, and engaging in board- and departmentwide strategic planning, according to NASBE’s State Board Insight. Administration. All state boards discussed local […]

From 2011 to 2016, the Wallace Foundation helped six large urban school districts transform how they prepare, hire, and support principals. In an April 2019 report, Susan M. Gates and colleagues found improvements to principal pipelines in these districts to […]

Underscoring renewed national interest in how young people become informed, engaged citizens, at least 31 states proposed 115 bills or resolutions related to civics education in the 2018 legislative session alone. State boards of education are more broadly revisiting content […]

Thirty-four states have K-12 computer science standards, according to, up from seven in 2016. In parallel with this wave of new standards adoption, 23 state boards of education included computer science on their agendas in the first half of […]

State boards of education in Iowa and Virginia considered new regulations this summer intended to curtail abuses in schools’ imposition of seclusion and restraint as means of managing student behavior and to improve schools’ reporting their occurrence. These agenda items […]

In 2018, NASBE’s State Board Insight reveals that state boards regularly addressed broad topics like finance and charter schools as well as more particular initiatives related to teacher certification, implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), student safety and […]