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Blanco, Megan; Mays, Alex; Chang, Hedy N.; Fothergill, Sue – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2019
During the 2015-16 school year, about one in seven students was chronically absent, missing at least 10 percent of school days. An early warning sign of academic risk and school dropout, chronic absence predicts school failure more reliably than test scores. To understand the drivers of chronic absence, state boards of education should examine…
Descriptors: Attendance, Child Health, State Boards of Education, Agency Role
Blanco, Megan; Norville, Valerie – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2019
To help state boards of education and other policymakers learn how to communicate most effectively on policies related to social and emotional learning (SEL), the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) commissioned Edge Research to conduct a survey of community influ­encers in Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, and…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Skill Development, Labeling (of Persons)
Hedger, Joseph – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2019
In 2019, almost all governors spoke on education concerns in their "state of the state addresses," including school funding, career and technical education, postsecondary funding and financial aid, early childhood education, and teacher pay. According to this National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) analysis, in…
Descriptors: State Officials, Educational Policy, Speeches, Early Childhood Education
Hedger, Joseph – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2019
Elevated blood lead levels in children--even at very low levels--contribute to learning deficits and behavioral and attentional problems. No federal law requires the testing of drinking water in schools, and recent reports from the Government Accountability Office reveal a dearth of lead testing of water or paint in school buildings. This NASBE…
Descriptors: Child Health, Hazardous Materials, Poisoning, Water Pollution
Faggert, Michelle – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2019
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model as a framework to align support for the whole child through community engagement, collaboration between education and health sectors, and evidence-based school policies and practices. One of the 10 components of the WSCC model…
Descriptors: Wellness, State Policy, Board of Education Policy, Elementary Secondary Education
Blanco, Megan – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2019
Schools seeking to develop students' social, emotional, and academic skills should consider service learning as one way to help students apply those skills. As of the 2017-18 school year, 37 states and the District of Columbia required or encouraged school districts to offer community service education and service-learning programs. This NASBE…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Teaching Methods, State Boards of Education, Board of Education Role
Koch, Jordan – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2018
Teachers face many challenges in the first years of their careers. Without support and guidance from experienced, highly qualified teacher mentors, the demands of the classroom can overwhelm novice teachers. It comes as no surprise that one-third of teachers leave the profession within their first five years. This policy update draws on research,…
Descriptors: Mentors, Beginning Teachers, State Policy, Labor Turnover
Long, Don – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2018
An effective, well-prepared teacher workforce is central to students' mastery of deeper learning skills such as critical thinking and teamwork. This National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) policy update urges state boards of education to invigorate relicensure policies by embracing multiple tiers that support teachers throughout…
Descriptors: Teacher Certification, State Policy, State Boards of Education, Portfolios (Background Materials)
Hao, Winona; Syed, Nadia – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2018
As the ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity of U.S. classrooms for young children continues to increase, it is more important than ever for early childhood educators to be prepared to meet the needs of the one in three U.S. children age 8 and under who are dual language learners (DLLs). High-quality early childhood education (ECE) programs can…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Ethnic Diversity, Early Childhood Education, Bilingual Students
Vance, Amelia – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2018
In this policy update, author Amelia Vance explores data protections for school directory information. She argues students do not have the right to attend school anonymously, but they do have a right to have their information protected and used responsibly by local and state education agencies. State boards can lead on this issue by striking the…
Descriptors: Privacy, Information Security, Access to Information, Student Records
Colletti, Gary – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2018
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) calls on states to take advantage of new opportunities to combat uneven access to quality instruction in world languages--a key component of a well-rounded education. This National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) policy update discusses ways state boards can bridge the divide between…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Access to Education, Alignment (Education), State Boards of Education
Hedger, Joseph – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2018
When the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress was released earlier this year, most states learned that their average scores in grades 4 and 8 reading and mathematics remained relatively flat since 2015. More troubling though, students performing at the lowest 10th and 25th percentiles saw a decline in their scores. To confront this…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Growth Models, Low Achievement, Accountability
Hedger, Joseph – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2018
In 2018, state boards of education discussed and adopted policies to increase accountability for student data protection and to increase transparency of schoolwide data through data dashboards. This analysis highlights policy changes in state data protection requirements, test administration and security, records retention, and confidentiality…
Descriptors: Shared Resources and Services, Privacy, Data, Information Security
Colletti, Gary – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2018
Students gravitate toward philosophy. As a 10th grade philosophy teacher, I once had a student ask for detention so we could continue a discussion about Plato and Aristotle without tarnishing his reputation as a respected gang member. That request revealed the paradox of teaching philosophy in K-12 classrooms: Many find it an unsuitably difficult…
Descriptors: Philosophy, Instruction, Elementary Secondary Education, Elementary School Students
Argenti, Courtney; Eichner, Alana; Hao, Winona; Hogan, Lauren – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2018
Collaboration among stakeholders in the early childhood education (ECE) field is often upheld as a goal--and with good reason: It promotes effective, sustainable policymaking, creates consistency, reduces redundancy, and fills gaps across local, state, and national systems, policies, and infrastructure. Yet the obstacles to collaboration are…
Descriptors: Stakeholders, Early Childhood Education, Cooperation, Barriers
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