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Hauge, Kimberly; Parton, Brent – NGA Center for Best Practices, 2016
Industries in every state are struggling to find qualified applicants for jobs, while job seekers too often find they lack the skills needed to enter or move along a career pathway to a good job. Preparing a workforce that is poised to meet the needs of businesses and ultimately to make the state more economically competitive is a top priority for…
Descriptors: State Programs, State Policy, Educational Strategies, Change Strategies
Thomasian, John – NGA Center for Best Practices, 2012
Many governors have launched initiatives to raise student proficiency in math and science and encourage youth to pursue careers in STEM fields (i.e., science, technology, engineering, and math). Individuals with strong STEM skills play vital roles in technological innovation and economic growth and are rewarded with more secure jobs and higher…
Descriptors: Careers, Science Activities, Informal Education, Summer Programs
NGA Center for Best Practices, 2012
In fewer than 10 years, states and districts have taken bold steps to build and improve systems that collect data about students, staffing and expenditures, but the data do not often provide adequate information to guide policy and practice. Increasing amounts of data are now available to parents, educators, researchers and policymakers. However,…
Descriptors: Expenditures, Data Collection, Individualized Instruction, Educational Policy
NGA Center for Best Practices, 2012
The federal government announced in late 2011 that as an alternative to waiting for Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the U.S. Secretary of Education would consider requests from states to waive certain requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). The opportunity to request waivers…
Descriptors: High Schools, Federal Legislation, Incentives, Educational Change
NGA Center for Best Practices, 2012
Awarding credits based on student mastery of content and skills can remove barriers to increasing student readiness for college and careers, according to a new issue brief released by the National Governors Association. This brief shows how governors can lead efforts to foster alternative methods of awarding credit by working to: (1) Build…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Credits, Educational Change, Educational Policy
NGA Center for Best Practices, 2011
Early childhood is a critical time for cognitive, social, and behavioral development. Many states have invested in comprehensive early childhood care and education systems that offer a wide range of supports and services to families from the prenatal period through school entry. Home visiting programs are an important component of state early…
Descriptors: State Programs, Early Childhood Education, Home Visits, Young Children
Thomasian, John – NGA Center for Best Practices, 2011
STEM--science, technology, engineering, and mathematics--is critical to and supportive of many education reforms being undertaken today, from adoption of common internationally benchmarked standards to better teacher preparation to enhanced coordination across the entire K-20 education system. In fact, STEM is not a separate reform movement at…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Engineering Education, STEM Education, Mathematics Education
NGA Center for Best Practices, 2011
The 2011 Governors Education Symposium, co-hosted by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Hunt Institute, focused on advancing education reform with limited resources, improving postsecondary completion and productivity, preparing career- and college-ready students and measuring and evaluating effective teaching.…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Change Strategies
NGA Center for Best Practices, 2011
Efforts to improve educational attainment are hampered by the high school dropout crisis. At a time when governors are calling for changes to improve higher education access and success, more than 1 million youth ages 16 to 19 are not enrolled in school and do not have a high school diploma. Each year, an additional 390,000 youth drop out of…
Descriptors: Dropout Rate, Incentives, Educational Attainment, Educational Change
NGA Center for Best Practices, 2011
Education and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are important in a global economy increasingly focused on high-growth, technology-driven occupations. Yet, many states face a shortage of STEM-skilled students and workers. A number of states have built powerful and productive STEM education and skills strategies to…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Skill Development, STEM Education, Labor Force Development
Reindl, Travis; Reyna, Ryan – NGA Center for Best Practices, 2011
Public colleges and universities, which educate the vast majority of the nation's students, are an important part of states' economic competitiveness efforts. These institutions face a number of pressures that will demand increased productivity and a data driven investment strategy moving forward. Increasing productivity in higher education will…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Public Colleges, Accountability, Competition
Hoffman, Linda; Reindl, Travis; Bearer-Friend, Jeremy – NGA Center for Best Practices, 2011
The U.S. labor market is increasingly demanding a more educated workforce. Of the 48 million job openings projected for the next eight years, 63 percent will require some postsecondary education. For many of these job openings, workers will need at least a high school diploma but not necessarily a four-year degree. To successfully increase the…
Descriptors: Credentials, Postsecondary Education, Educational Needs, Educational Attainment
Sparks, Erin; Waits, Mary Jo – NGA Center for Best Practices, 2011
Recognizing that higher education, including community colleges, four-year colleges, and research universities, cannot help drive economic growth in their states unless students' academic success is linked to the needs of the marketplace, governors and state policymakers are beginning to move beyond their focus on getting more students to get…
Descriptors: Economic Progress, Higher Education, Labor Market, Economic Development
Wakelyn, David – NGA Center for Best Practices, 2011
At least 5,000 public schools have failed to meet their academic achievement targets for at least five consecutive years. The underlying causes of such failure are usually a combination of weak leadership, inadequate skill levels among teachers, and insufficient high-quality teaching materials. In 2009, the National Governors Association Center…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Grants, Change Strategies, Educational Strategies
NGA Center for Best Practices, 2011
Governors and other state leaders have shown an increasing interest in creating new models of teacher compensation that would reward educators based on their contributions to student learning. To support this interest, the National Governors Association (NGA) hosted a policy academy focusing on that issue. The policy academy provided teams with…
Descriptors: Expertise, Faculty Development, Models, Teacher Salaries
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