Federal Updates

NASBE’s Federal Updates are designed to help state board members understand, influence, and plan for federal education policies. In its efforts to influence national education policymaking, NASBE works to ensure that it represents the views of its members to the executive and legislative branches of the federal government, as well as to associations representing governors and state legislators, school administrators, principals, local school boards, teachers and parents.

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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