Federal Updates

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) recently proposed the next round of its Race to the Top Program competition, this time for eligible school districts/local education agencies (LEAs). To read more about the new competition, download the brief below.

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The National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) join NASBE to submit a joint letter of recommendations to the U.S. Department of Education (Department) concerning the recently proposed federal Race to the Top Program competition for eligible local school districts/local education agencies (LEAs).  The Department will release the final […]

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NASBE recently submitted written testimony to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee regarding President Obama’s FY2013 budget proposal.

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The Obama Administration has scheduled a National Youth Summit in Washington, DC for February 26 to convene youth leaders to help shape strategies to provide pathways for all youth to be on track to achieve high school and postsecondary credentials. The summit will share what students have indicated to the Department, provide additional youth the […]

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The Department has scheduled a labor-management conference for February 15 and 16 in Denver for leaders of school districts and labor unions from across the country to identify ways that collaborative labor-management relationships, policies, and agreements can directly drive academic achievement. The Department invited about 2,000 districts that secured federal funding in the past year […]

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The NCES updated its websites on rural and urban education. The websites, which draw primarily from data collected by NCES and the Census Bureau, compiles and disseminates data on rural and urban education in four general areas: 1) students, 2) teachers, 3) school environment, and 4) finances. Examples of specific topics within these areas are […]

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The NCES released a technical brief entitled Statistical Methods for Protecting Personally Identifiable Information in Aggregate Reporting to help state and local officials protect student privacy through their statewide longitudinal data systems. The technical brief examines what protecting student privacy means in a reporting context. NCES concludes that even though aggregated data is reported to the public […]

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The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is scheduled to release The Nation’s Report Card for science January 25 for students in grades 4, 8, and 12 in 2009. NAEP will announce the results via live web event at 11:00 a.m. (ET) athttp://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard. The Nation’s Report Card: Science 2009 is a product of the National Center for Education Statistics […]

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The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)  U.S. Department of Education released new state-level data on the state adoption of common core standards in English language arts and mathematics, as well as state adoption of compulsory school attendance laws and exemptions. The new data can be found on the State Education Reforms website athttp://nces.ed.gov/programs/statereform/. The […]

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The Department’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) released a list of schools receiving SIG funding (http://www2.ed.gov/programs/sif/sig-awarded-schools.pdf), as well as its latest SIG Newsletter (http://www.ed.gov/oese-news/school-turnaround-newsletters), linking states and districts with resources and tools that will help them turn around persistently lowest-achieving schools.

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NASBE leadership is scheduled to participate in the International Summit on the Teaching Profession scheduled for March 16-17 in New York City to work on the following objectives: Emphasize the importance of the teaching profession; Identify and share the world’s best practices in recruiting, preparing, supporting, developing, evaluating, compensating, and retaining teachers; Examine teacher engagement […]

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The Department released a technical assistance memo for state and local officials to combat bullying inside and outside of schools. The memo outlines critical components of strong state bullying laws and policies and is intended to serve as a useful reference for state and local officials developing or revising anti-bullying legislation or policies. The Department compiled […]

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The Department released further guidance to the 11 states and the District of Columbia that were awarded grants under the $4 billion Race to the Top Program. The Department provides additional guidance about making amendments to their applications, specifically requiring states to seek approval before revising their academic goals and timelines, making major alterations to […]

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Save the date for the NASBE and Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Joint Legislative Conference March 27-29 in Washington, DC. The focus of the conference will be on reauthorization of ESEA. Conference attendees will be engaging with Congressional members and senior-level Department officials on various ESEA reauthorization issues, including accountability, state flexibility, rural […]

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January 24 forum at its headquarters for all education stakeholders. This forum is part of a series the Department has held for stakeholders over the last year. The Department will outline its 2011 priorities and provide an update on the School Improvement Grant (SIG) program. The Department will also provide an overview on its recent […]

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The U.S. Department of Education (Department) released its final notice of priorities for discretionary education grant programs, which includes three key areas: advancing cradle-to-career educational reforms, addressing the needs of student subgroups, and building capacity for systemic continuous improvement.  The Department can use, as appropriate for particular discretionary grant programs, one or more of these […]

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Chairman Kline outlined the following priorities for the 112th Congress: Giving employers the certainty, flexibility, and freedom to create jobs; Conducting robust oversight of education and workforce programs across the federal government to protect students, families, workers, and retirees; Modernizing and streamlining training programs to help job-seekers get back to work; and Pursuing education reform […]

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The 112th Congree convened its two-year session on January 5. The Republicans control the U.S. House of Representatives with a majority (242-193 margin) and the Democrats remain in control of the U.S. Senate (53-47 margin). Rep. John Kline (MN) is Chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee (formerly House Education and Labor Committee) and George Miller (CA) is the Ranking Member. Rep. Duncan Hunter (CA) is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education…

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