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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
Bartlett, Michael – NGA Center for Best Practices, 2016
As many as one in three businesses in the United States struggled to fill needed jobs in 2015. Millions of Americans, including at least 5.5 million youth, are disconnected from employment. Governors have a tremendous opportunity through the implementation of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to reset their state…
Descriptors: State Agencies, Governing Boards, Labor Force Development, Federal Legislation
Billings, Jared; Carlson, Danny – NGA Center for Best Practices, 2016
The role of the public school principal has expanded dramatically in recent decades. The expanded role means they are now significant multipliers of effective teaching and have a real opportunity to affect student achievement. Most states have spent recent years working to improve teacher effectiveness, recognizing its importance in improving…
Descriptors: Principals, Leadership Training, Educational Practices, Public Schools
Groves, Garrett; Palmer, Iris – NGA Center for Best Practices, 2015
Governors plays a central role in ensuring that public educational institutions provide students with the knowledge and abilities required for a successful life and career. The systemic use of data from education and labor markets informs governors and other policymakers of the effectiveness and efficiency of their existing postsecondary systems…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Education Work Relationship, Labor Market, Data
Laine, Richard; Cohen, Marjorie; Nielson, Kate; Palmer, Iris – NGA Center for Best Practices, 2015
The education system of the United States is not adequately preparing a large proportion of its students for college, career-training, and, ultimately, jobs that provide enough income to support a middle class standard of living. Because the education system has failed to attain hoped-for outcomes, some states are investigating new systems,…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Educational Policy
Nielson, Kate – NGA Center for Best Practices, 2014
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for K-12 English language arts/literacy and mathematics, released in 2010, have been adopted by 49 states and territories; the District of Columbia; and the U.S. Department of Defense schools, which serve the children of U.S. service members around the world. The widespread adoption of the CCSS is a major…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, State Policy, State Programs, Program Implementation
Groves, Garrett – NGA Center for Best Practices, 2014
Governors are increasingly aware that the emerging economy will provide few well-paying jobs for workers who have not earned a postsecondary degree or a relevant workforce certificate. Fifty years ago, nearly 80 percent of all jobs required only a high school diploma or less and most paid a good wage. Fast-forward to data from 2013 and that number…
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Postsecondary Education
Szekely, Amanda – NGA Center for Best Practices, 2014
As governors respond to the need to significantly improve the quality of public education, they should consider incorporating stronger actions to improve mathematics instruction as part of their overall reform agenda. Governors can take the following actions to promote high-quality mathematics instruction for young children: (1) Become a champion…
Descriptors: State Officials, Role, Mathematics Education, Early Childhood Education
Szekely, Amanda – NGA Center for Best Practices, 2013
Decades of research find that effective school leadership and access to high-quality early education are two of the most important determinants of educational outcomes. School principals affect both teacher and student performance and play an important role in turning around troubled schools. High-quality education, from prekindergarten (pre-K)…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Capacity Building, Principals, Educational Quality
Lovejoy, Anna – NGA Center for Best Practices, 2013
Improving early literacy is essential to increasing high school graduation rates allowing students to be successful in postsecondary education and ensuring the prosperity of all Americans, according to a report released by the National Governors Association (NGA). "A Governor's Guide to Early Literacy: Getting all Students Reading by Third…
Descriptors: Reading Skills, Literacy Education, Elementary School Students, Preschool Education
Groves, Garrett; Reindl, Travis – NGA Center for Best Practices, 2013
As the economy increasingly demands a more educated workforce, states are looking to their colleges and universities to meet that demand for a better educated citizenry. Not only are individuals with postsecondary education likely to be employed, they are also likely to be more engaged in their communities through activities such as voting and…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Outcomes of Education, School Effectiveness, Educational Indicators
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
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