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Policy Updates

November 2015Volume 22, No. 10

Addiction Trends Require States to Change School Medication Policies

State boards of education have a long history of establishing policies to govern safe medication administration, but as new and potentially controversial school health emergencies arise, state boards will need to nimbly amend and expand school emergency medication policies. This policy update highlights states that have recently acted.

October 2015Volume 22, No. 9

Aligning Leadership Preparation Programs with Student Learning Standards

This Policy Update outlines the importance of aligning principal preparation programs with the high expectations set for our school leaders and the policy levers that may help facilitate this integration.

October 2015Volume 22, No. 8

Aligning Teacher Preparation with Student Learning Standards

This Policy Update highlights the mismatch between the skills taught in many teacher preparation programs and those needed to help students achieve rigorous learning standards. State boards of education have a role to play here.

September 2015Volume 22, No. 7

Coordinating an Improved Response to Allergic Reactions in School

Allergic reactions in school settings still threaten the lives of students with alarming frequency. This Policy Update outlines state and federal requirements for stocking epinephrine and recommendations for state board members to ensure proper implementation.

August 2015Volume 22, No. 6

Opt Out Policies by State

States vary in how they respond to parents’ requests to opt children out of standardized testing. This Policy Update compiles information on each state’s response and links to guidance documents.

July 2015Volume 22, No. 5

Responding to Opt Out Requests: The Opportunity for State Boards

As parents increasingly ask to opt their children out of standardized tests, state boards of education are sometimes unsure whether and how to respond. This Policy Update highlights successful policy strategies for addressing opt out requests and how state boards can use this opportunity to communicate the benefits of testing and improve the public’s understanding of test-based accountability.

June 2015Volume 22, No. 4

Trends in State Legislation on Student Data Privacy

"Trends in State Legislation on Student Data Privacy" details the ways in which state legislatures across the country have enhanced protections for student data and expanded the role of state boards in protecting that data. It describes several key elements in legislation introduced or passed this year, and notes several exemplary states.

May 2015Volume 22, No. 3

Will New Teacher Equity Plans Get Closer to the Mark?

According to the US Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection, nearly 96 percent of our nation’s public school teachers are licensed and certified. So why are over a half a million low-income and minority students still being taught in schools with the highest percentages of unqualified and inexperienced teachers? A new NASBE Policy Update explores teacher equity and why state policymakers need to start paying closer attention.