National Association of State Boards of Education

National Association of State Boards of Education For 60 years, NASBE has served as the only membership organization for state boards of education. A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, NASBE elevates state board members’ voices in national and state policymaking, facilitates the exchange of informed ideas, and supports members in advancing equity and excellence in public education for students of all races, genders, and circumstances.
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Mission: The National Association of State Boards of Education develops, supports, and empowers citizen leaders on state boards of education to strengthen public education systems so students of all backgrounds and circumstances are prepared to succeed in school, work, and life.

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Ready for Day 2 of #NASBE20? We're excited to kick things off w/ #NTOY20 Tabatha Rosproy on #earlyeducation. Later, #Lit...
10/22/2020

Ready for Day 2 of #NASBE20? We're excited to kick things off w/ #NTOY20 Tabatha Rosproy on #earlyeducation. Later, #Literacy in an online environment w/ Nell Duke, Tim Shanahan, Aaron Grossman & Tanji Reed Marshall . #Elections20 w/ Carl Cannon and Reg Leichty and #WholeChild w/ Dr. Benard Dreyer

TODAY is the day! Are you joining us for #NASBE20? We are excited for today's sessions. Kicking off w/ a conversation on...
10/21/2020

TODAY is the day! Are you joining us for #NASBE20? We are excited for today's sessions. Kicking off w/ a conversation on #edequity with Ibram X. Kendi and John King, followed by Linda Darling-Hammond, Eric Davis and Darren Reisberg. Later, sessions on educator diversity, digitial learning, and assessment and accountability. There's still time to join us!

Details here: https://www.nasbe.org/event/annual-conference-2020/

During #NASBE20, three state leaders will share what they've learned about baking #equity into state board agendas: CA's...
10/12/2020

During #NASBE20, three state leaders will share what they've learned about baking #equity into state board agendas: CA's Linda Darling-Hammond, Illinois's Darren Reisberg, and North Carolina's Eric Davis. Don't miss out! Register here: https://www.nasbe.org/event/annual-conference-2020/

Have your registered for our upcoming virtual Annual Conference yet? Don't miss out on terrific sessions like these:Educ...
10/08/2020

Have your registered for our upcoming virtual Annual Conference yet? Don't miss out on terrific sessions like these:

Education Equity Conversation w/ Ibram X. Kendi and John B. King
Leading an Equity Agenda
Advancing Equity in Digital Learning
Shaping Policy through a Whole Child Lens
Literacy Instruction in an Online Environment
Increasing Workforce Diversity
Elections in 2020 and Governing in 2021
Assessment and Accountability Policy
Preparing Early Learners

And soooooo many more!

Register here: https://www.nasbe.org/event/annual-conference-2020/

New NASBE analysis outlines ways in which states such as Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, and Nebraska offe...
10/07/2020

New NASBE analysis outlines ways in which states such as Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, and Nebraska offer state guidance on reopening criteria.

“Creating clear, health-based criteria on when a school should reopen or suspend in-person learning can help districts and schools better communicate their decision making and connect stakeholders and experts,” says NASBE's Joseph Hedger.

Read more here: https://www.nasbe.org/states-set-criteria-for-resuming-in-person-learning/

Are you joining us for #NASBE20? Our first-ever virtual annual conference, October 20-23. We are honored to have histori...
09/28/2020

Are you joining us for #NASBE20? Our first-ever virtual annual conference, October 20-23. We are honored to have historian and best-selling author Ibram X. Kendi join us for our opening conversation to discuss education equity with NASBE's Robert Hull and The Education Trust's John B. King.

Register here: https://www.nasbe.org/event/annual-conference-2020/

HOT of the presses! The new issue of #NASBEStandard helps state boards weigh state assessment systems. FutureEd's Lynn O...
09/24/2020

HOT of the presses! The new issue of #NASBEStandard helps state boards weigh state assessment systems. FutureEd's Lynn Olson, Thomas B. Fordham Institute's Checker Finn and Eric Hanushek (@HooverInstStanford), Chris Domaleski, NWEA's Abby Javurek and Jason Mendenhall, Ellen Forte, and Marianne Perie all contribute useful context for state education leaders as they make decisions about assessments and accountability amid the pandemic and school reopening.

Read on: https://www.nasbe.org/next-generation-assessment/

Reinventing School in the COVID Era and Beyond
09/16/2020
Reinventing School in the COVID Era and Beyond

Reinventing School in the COVID Era and Beyond

The COVID-19 crisis creates an opportunity to reinvent more equitable and student-centered education systems. This framework provides a comprehensive guide to rethinking school.

COVID-19 has underscored the need for schools to reinvent a century-old system of education. Now and beyond, there are s...
08/25/2020
Restarting and Reinventing School: Learning in the Time of COVID and Beyond

COVID-19 has underscored the need for schools to reinvent a century-old system of education. Now and beyond, there are significant changes that policymakers and educators can make to ensure teaching and learning are equitable and empowering. A new report from the Learning Policy Institute provides an overarching framework of actions policymakers and educators can take to support equitable, effective teaching and learning whether in person or online. The framework provides research, state and local examples, and policy recommendations in 10 key areas for transforming learning and closing opportunity and achievement gaps.

Read it here: http://bit.ly/restartreinvent

As schools reopen, policymakers and educators have an opportunity to reimagine education to create safe, student-centered, and equitable learning through 10 key areas.

The Centers For Disease Control (CDC)'s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six categories of healt...
08/21/2020
YRBSS | Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System | Data | Adolescent and School Health | CDC

The Centers For Disease Control (CDC)'s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six categories of health-related behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults. It's the nation’s most comprehensive data about health risks and experiences among youth. The 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey results are now available and will serve as a baseline for how #COVID19 has impacted high school students. And it can help inform reopening efforts.

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; sexual behaviors that contribute to uninte...

This is why #StudentVoice in state policymaking is so important! Check out this statement by New Jersey's student member...
08/20/2020
Student Rep to State Board Discusses Pandemic | NJ Spotlight

This is why #StudentVoice in state policymaking is so important! Check out this statement by New Jersey's student member, Sabrina Capoli. She surveyed her peers to get a sense of the pandemic's impact on students and how they're feeling about a return to school:

"The New Jersey Department of Education has been committed to promoting social and emotional learning in schools in the past, but I believe that I speak on behalf of every student in New Jersey when I stress that this commitment is more important now than ever before. This pandemic has taken everything from us. For many of us, this virus has stolen precious moments from our hands that we will never get back."

Bravo, Sabrina!

The newest student representative to the state Board of Education discusses the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has negatively affected NJ students.

Always nice to catch up with our members on NASBE's "office hours" to discuss what's top of mind for state boards of edu...
08/19/2020

Always nice to catch up with our members on NASBE's "office hours" to discuss what's top of mind for state boards of education! If you're a member of NASBE, watch out for an email about our next office hour in September!

Rachel McCusker is the Maryland State Board of Education's first teacher member. She was elected by her peers to serve a...
08/17/2020

Rachel McCusker is the Maryland State Board of Education's first teacher member. She was elected by her peers to serve and joined the board earlier this year. Maryland is one of six states with a voting teacher member.

"Being the educator voice on the board ... ensures the work of the board is focused on students' potential and achievement, is more responsive to critical needs, and drives policy that is effective and achievable."

Read more from our analysis on #TeacherVoice - https://www.nasbe.org/involving-teachers-in-state-education-governance/

"Intention is not enough. Results from policy happen in the classroom. If state boards are leaving out the teacher persp...
08/14/2020

"Intention is not enough. Results from policy happen in the classroom. If state boards are leaving out the teacher perspective, then they are reducing the effectiveness of the policy. You have to have the voice of the practioner." - Wyoming State Board Chair (and Teacher Rep) Ryan Furhman on the advantages of having a teacher serve on the board.

Read more from "Involving Teachers in State Education Governance": https://www.nasbe.org/involving-teachers-in-state-education-governance/.

Policy decisions affect teachers deeply, yet the conversations that shape those policies lack adequate teacher represent...
08/13/2020

Policy decisions affect teachers deeply, yet the conversations that shape those policies lack adequate teacher representation. That's changing as a growing number of state boards of education are now involving teachers in policymaking decisions. Specifically, 14 states require that current teachers have a seat at the board table.

Read our new analysis here: https://www.nasbe.org/involving-teachers-in-state-education-governance/

Our new policy update outlines trends in state reopening guidance for the 2020–21 school year. Among the trends: Stakeho...
07/23/2020

Our new policy update outlines trends in state reopening guidance for the 2020–21 school year. Among the trends: Stakeholder engagement✔️ Multiple approaches to learning ✔️ and Focus on equity✔️ Procedures/planning for future emergencies✔️

Author Joseph Hedger points out that school reopening plans will evolve as new research becomes available and local conditions change. “In a charged political environment, policymak­ers will need to be prepared to effectively communicate new decisions made at nation­al, state, and district levels,” he writes.

Read on: https://www.nasbe.org/states-make-plans-for-reopening/

Our old friend Kris Amundson is out with an editorial arguing schools and communities need a greater sense of urgency ab...
07/20/2020
Kristen Amundson column: Schools need a sense of urgency about reopening

Our old friend Kris Amundson is out with an editorial arguing schools and communities need a greater sense of urgency about helping students as we move into the new school year.

Because I have been quarantining pretty seriously since March, it was not until late May that I drove past my local public library. The parking lot nearly was full.

New from NASBE: Six Questions State Boards Should Ask to Foster Effective Digital Learning"When the worst of the pandemi...
06/09/2020

New from NASBE: Six Questions State Boards Should Ask to Foster Effective Digital Learning

"When the worst of the pandemic has subsided, students will still face a landscape in which the workplace has shifted significantly. By convening and asking questions to assess the nature of technology use in their state contexts, state boards can take steps toward narrowing the digital use divide and ensure that the state’s educational programs prepare all students with the skills they need to succeed.”

Read more: https://www.nasbe.org/six-questions-state-boards-should-ask-to-foster-effective-digital-learning/

Turnaround for Children's Dr. Pamela Cantor and Nora Gomperts pen a commentary for NASBE as a follow on to their recent ...
06/05/2020

Turnaround for Children's Dr. Pamela Cantor and Nora Gomperts pen a commentary for NASBE as a follow on to their recent #NASBEStandard piece -

"Positive developmental contexts are always necessary for learning, development, and equity, but they are especially critical now, with all students experiencing disruption and black students facing continued racial violence, which threatens their physical and emotional safety."

Read on: https://www.nasbe.org/three-strategies-to-optimize-students-learning-and-development-in-todays-context/

On a related note, join us for our June 17 webinar with Dr. Cantor, University of Oregon's Dr. Phil Fisher, and The Education Trust's Dr. John B. King. Register here: https://www.nasbe.org/event/promoting-whole-child-development-amid-pandemic-recovery/

NASBE stands resolutely against all acts of racism and racist violence. We feel the angst of the nation as we collective...
06/01/2020

NASBE stands resolutely against all acts of racism and racist violence. We feel the angst of the nation as we collectively struggle with racism and intolerance, and we commit to working with all partners to listen intently to those seeking to be heard as we ensure that young people of color are valued and safe both in school and in the community.

Our organization supports state leaders as they relentlessly pursue equity and excellence in our public education system and as they serve children of all race, color, national origin, sex, religion, or disability status. The futures of these students, whose schools have not always met their needs, rests with us and the decisions we make. The social unrest and political upheaval gripping our nation must renew our resolve to act against the systemic, persistent plague of bias and racial injustice that our young people face.

Please take a moment to read our statement on the death of George Floyd and subsequent protests gripping our nation: https://www.nasbe.org/statement-on-death-of-george-floyd-and-racial-protests/

05/29/2020
Introducing the new NASBE.org

Have you seen the all-new NASBE.org yet? Take a quick tour!

The NASBE team is proud to announce a brand new nasbe.org! We implemented several features that makes the website easier to navigate and find topic-relevant ...

The BIG reveal! Introducing the all new nasbe.org! We hope you love it as much as we do. Check us out - www.nasbe.org an...
05/26/2020

The BIG reveal! Introducing the all new nasbe.org! We hope you love it as much as we do. Check us out - www.nasbe.org and visit often!

🇺🇸Happy Memorial Day!🇺🇸 This year, we remember those who came before us and made the ultimate sacrificed for our freedom...
05/25/2020

🇺🇸Happy Memorial Day!🇺🇸 This year, we remember those who came before us and made the ultimate sacrificed for our freedom and safety. Today, we celebrate those on the front lines who are fighting a different kind of battle helping us through this pandemic.

NASBE's Robert Hull on what it will take to get kids back to class: “There’s a lot of fear and a lot of concern,” he say...
05/21/2020
What will it take to get kids back to class? Three questions.

NASBE's Robert Hull on what it will take to get kids back to class:

“There’s a lot of fear and a lot of concern,” he says, “and the way you handle that is by being methodical, by being strategic, and being open and transparent and including everyone in the conversation.”

What K-12 education might look like in the fall is starting to take shape as educators consider options for returning students to class.

If you attended a recent NASBE office hours, you got a little preview of this. Great info here.
05/19/2020
Learning Policy Institute

If you attended a recent NASBE office hours, you got a little preview of this. Great info here.

While schools across the U.S. have been closed for months due to #COVID19, policymakers and school leaders are starting to make plans to reopen schools for the next academic year, or even sooner. In order to reopen schools safely and mitigate disease spread, they will need to address several important health considerations. Our new policy brief looks at five countries that have been successful, to date, in avoiding the spread of COVID-19 in schools, elevating practices from these countries that can inform strategies for reopening schools in the U.S. https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/product/reopening-schools-covid-19-brief

The new issue of NASBE’s State Education Standard explores how state leaders can foster healthy school climates. Heavy h...
05/18/2020

The new issue of NASBE’s State Education Standard explores how state leaders can foster healthy school climates. Heavy hitters Linda Darling-Hammond (Learning Policy Institute), Pamela Cantor (Turnaround for Children), David Osher (American Institutes for Research (AIR)), Randy Ross (National School Climate Center at Ramapo for Children), Kristen Harper (Child Trends), and others write for the issue. Their insights are more important than ever amid COVID-19 recovery efforts. Read the full issue here: https://www.nasbe.org/gauging-school-climate/

It's the start of Teacher Appreciation Week! It takes on a whole new meaning this year! Thank you teachers for ALL you d...
05/04/2020

It's the start of Teacher Appreciation Week! It takes on a whole new meaning this year! Thank you teachers for ALL you do in the classroom, Zoom room, or where ever your class "room" is right now!

State boards of education are engaged in important conversations about the future of education in a post-COVID-19 world....
04/16/2020
American schools may look radically different as they reopen

State boards of education are engaged in important conversations about the future of education in a post-COVID-19 world. What will the new normal look like? NASBE President and CEO Robert Hull provides some national perspective in this AP story.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — School administrators across America are trying to re-imagine classrooms — and the prospect of reopening schools — in the era of social distancing. Will there be...

It's no joke - Today is Census Day! It marks the start of the #2020Census. It's more important (and easier) than ever to...
04/01/2020
2020 Census | United States Census Bureau

It's no joke - Today is Census Day! It marks the start of the #2020Census. It's more important (and easier) than ever to be counted. Learn more about the 2020 Census efforts here: https://www.2020census.gov/

Learn about the 2020 Census - how to respond, and why it matters. Shape your future. START HERE.

03/27/2020

Breaking - President Trump signs the CARES Act. Our President and CEO Robert Hull comments:

"On behalf of state boards of education everywhere NASBE thanks our congressional leaders and administration for passage of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill! Students, teachers, families, and communities everywhere will benefit from this bi-partisan leadership."

Our members may remember an org/app started by a Georgia student in the height of the Great Recession called "Food Finde...
03/17/2020
Food Finder

Our members may remember an org/app started by a Georgia student in the height of the Great Recession called "Food Finder." It's serving an important purpose in our current COVID-19 crisis. Please spread the word. More here: https://foodfinder.us/

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For 60 years, NASBE has served as the only membership organization for state boards of education. A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, NASBE elevates state board members’ voices in national and state policymaking, facilitates the exchange of informed ideas, and supports members in advancing equity and excellence in public education for students of all races, genders, and circumstances. Learn more at www.nasbe.org.

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