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Exley, Woody – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2021
Over half of U.S. public school students are children and teens of color, yet only about 8 percent of their teachers and administrators are people of color. Convinced that teacher and leader diversity is an essential component of an equitable education for all students, state boards of education have adopted a variety of strategies to attract,…
Descriptors: State Boards of Education, Equal Education, Educational Strategies, Strategic Planning
Slone, Allison – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2021
Schools provide many services that aid children's development, well-being, and academic success. Key providers include mental health agencies, social workers, school counselors and nurses, as well as school officials and other employees. Yet quite possibly the most important component of these services--often overlooked--is the parent. This policy…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Policy Formation, State Policy, Parent Participation
Norville, Valerie – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2021
School nurses have always shouldered wide-ranging clinical and care coordination responsibilities, to which the pandemic added quarantine management, staff training in proper use of protective equipment, and contact tracing. As trusted figures in their communities, school nurses also are--or could be--valuable partners for state boards of…
Descriptors: School Nurses, Role, COVID-19, Pandemics
Potts, Abigail – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2021
When the U.S. Department of Education (ED) signaled that the broad waivers for state assessments it had offered in 2019-20 would not be widely offered in 2021, it sought to balance the need for student learning data to inform pandemic recovery with the very real operational challenges states face in administering tests this year. This policy…
Descriptors: State Policy, Educational Policy, State Boards of Education, Student Evaluation
Hedger, Joseph – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2021
Although obscured in congressional debates over the Biden administration's broader domestic policy agenda, there is bipartisan consensus on the need to do more to ensure clean drinking water in schools and communities. Earlier this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published revisions to rules on tightened restrictions on lead…
Descriptors: Child Health, Cognitive Development, Federal Aid, Public Policy
Blanco, Megan; Cornett, Kelly – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2021
Physical activity improves students' academic achievement, behavior management, sense of connectedness, physical health, and emotional well-being. Whenever students' normal outlets for physical activity are disrupted by school closures, state leaders can reengage students and promote their well-being by prioritizing quality physical education and…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Learner Engagement, Physical Education, Well Being
Hao, Winona; Hedger, Joseph – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2021
Teacher certificates often span broad grade bands, such as K-5, K-6, or even K-8. To earn these certificates, teacher candidates often spend more time learning content designed for older children and less on early childhood development and early literacy and numeracy. This issue of "State Innovations" highlights the Michigan State Board…
Descriptors: Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Programs, Early Childhood Education, Special Education
Pakenham, Caroline; Olson, Bethany – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2021
By the time a child graduates from high school, they will have spent an estimated 15,600 hours at school. Because a significant amount of children's daily water intake comes from school water fountains, ensuring their access to safe drinking water at school is essential for their overall health. And one key health challenge that schools across the…
Descriptors: Water Pollution, Testing, Intervention, State Boards of Education
Hedger, Joseph – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2020
Since states closed school buildings to protect students from COVID-19, schools have had to adapt quickly to keep students learning. Nearly all states put out guidance or resources to help districts and schools institute continuous learning and surmount the challenges faced by students in homes with limited or no internet access and those with…
Descriptors: Disease Control, Distance Education, Online Courses, Educational Technology
Blanco, Megan; Eitland, Erika – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2020
State and local officials who shuttered school buildings to stem the spread of COVID-19 in early 2020 are beginning to plan for the return of students and staff. They will need evidence-based strategies to know how best to create and maintain safe, healthy spaces. To inform their plans, federal health officials have provided guidance on cleaning…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities, Disease Control, Epidemiology, Public Health
Hao, Winona – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2020
By April 15, 20 states had ordered child care centers to close in the wake of COVID-19, with exceptions for programs serving the children of essential workers such as health care professionals. Other states modified regulations, with some reducing class sizes to 10 or fewer. Especially for struggling providers, the emergency presents real…
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Disease Control, Epidemiology, Public Health
Norville, Valerie – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2020
One of the first challenges state boards of education faced this spring was what to do for the roughly 3.5 million high school seniors whose graduations were derailed by the coronavirus. Most state policymakers across the country readily suspended end-of-year assessments and granted diplomas to those who were on track to graduate. A few states…
Descriptors: State Boards of Education, Board of Education Policy, Educational Policy, Graduation Requirements
Hedger, Joseph – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2020
The usage of vaping products among middle school students has increased at alarming rates. Federal and state policymakers are addressing this crisis, including in Kansas, where the state board of education acted quickly to engage stakeholders on curbing youth vaping.
Descriptors: Smoking, Addictive Behavior, Youth, High School Students
Blanco, Megan – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2020
Between 2007 and 2017, the suicide rate among young people ages 10-24 increased by 56 percent, making it the second leading cause of death in the United States for this age group. State boards of education must ensure that students have the supports, environments, and education necessary to thrive. To lay the foundation, these policymakers can…
Descriptors: Suicide, Prevention, Educational Policy, Student Needs
Hao, Winona – National Association of State Boards of Education, 2020
Although many districts and teachers have struggled to provide online learning, those who serve young children were perhaps least prepared. And although nearly all states have developed guidance and resources to support students and families since the pandemic started, they often lack an effective remote learning model for preK-3 that is rooted in…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Early Childhood Education, Electronic Learning, COVID-19
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