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On September 5, 2017, President Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) policy, which has allowed undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children to receive renewable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 […]

According to data from the U.S. Department of Education and published in a recent Learning Policy Institute report, there was a marked increase in demand for teachers following the Great Recession, with demand for new teacher hires between 2017and 2018 […]

A recent review of 28 draft plans for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) found that 20 states plan to use Title II funds for school leadership. Even as the Trump administration cast doubt on its support for teacher […]

Michigan’s State Board of Education recently renewed its stand against the use of Native American mascots, logos, or nicknames for school teams. During its March 2017 meeting, the board passed a motion to give the state superintendent authority to withhold […]

In the first quarter of 2017, state boards of education in 11 states discussed topics related to early care and education (ECE). The ECE workforce and early literacy were most frequently on their agendas. For example, Mississippi’s board discussed recommendations […]