The only organization dedicated solely to helping state boards advance equity and excellence in public education.

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Reimagining School

Bolstered by American Rescue Plan funds and lessons learned during pandemic-induced school closures, state policymakers have an opportunity to reexamine and reform their education systems.

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State Boards Seek Increased Educator Diversity

This NASBE analysis highlights four states—Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and North Carolina—that have taken significant steps to increase educator diversity.

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Developing State and District Parent Engagement Policies

Kentucky state board member and special education teacher Allison Slone urges state boards of education to seize the opportunity the pandemic created to strengthen policies to ensure that parents and caregivers can engage meaningfully in school decision making.

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State Policy Database on School Health

The NASBE State Policy Database on School Health aligns state statutory and regulatory language on student health to the components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model.

State Board Insight

NASBE's State Board Insight database tracks all topics considered by state boards of education each month.


From the States


States Experiment with Assessment through Innovative Pilots

Five states received federal waivers for regular assessments so they could pilot assessment systems in select districts or schools over five years.

Measures of SEL and School Climate in California

CORE Districts plumb the possibilities of using holistic measures to improve schools.

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The number of states that require districts to address water quality in schools. Today only 13 states including the District of Columbia require school-based testing of lead in drinking water.
The National Association of State Boards of Education develops, supports, and empowers citizen leaders on state boards of education to strengthen public education systems so students of all backgrounds and circumstances are prepared to succeed in school, work, and life.

Policy Areas


College, Career, and Civic Readiness

State boards should exercise their authority to ensure that the education system at every level supports the success of all students in postsecondary education, careers, and civic life.




Education Governance

State boards should function as the citizens’ voice in education and the stable center of education policymaking, leading efforts to achieve the state vision for equity and excellence through effective, meaningful collaboration with other state policymakers and stakeholders.




Safe and Healthy Schools

Student health is strongly associated with student achievement and school engagement, and students who feel safe at school also feel free to learn.




Teachers and Leaders

State boards should exercise their authorities for preparing, certifying, and supporting educators, recognizing that, of all school-based factors, teachers have the most impact on student achievement and school leaders have the second greatest impact.