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The State Education Standard


September 2021Volume 21, No. 3

The Role of Schools in Racial Justice

Authors in this issue argue schools can progress toward educational equity only if, at every challenge, state leaders are willing to make decisions that put the needs of our most vulnerable students first.

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Featured Articles from this Issue

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Achieving Racial Justice in PreK-12 Education

By Denise Forte and John B. King Jr.

Progress is possible. Back to normal is not good enough.



Designing for Equity

By Hal Smith

It takes a whole community to lift up policies and practices that support equity and end those that don't.



May 2021Volume 21, No. 2

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.


January 2021Volume 21, No. 1

Equity in Rural Education

Authors of the January 2021 issue of the State Education Standard discuss the issues faced by rural schools and how the pandemic has amplified many of those issues.


September 2020Volume 20, No. 3

Next-Generation Assessment

The pandemic’s uncertain trajectory has raised new questions about state assessment and accountability systems. There is no better time for state policy leaders to reexamine their assessment systems to address long-standing challenges, say authors in the new issue of NASBE’s State Education Standard.


May 2020Volume 20, No. 2

Gauging School Climate

As school buildings reopen after weeks of pandemic-induced closures, school climate will matter more than ever. State policymakers and education leaders can plan now to create safe, supportive learning environments ready for the return of students and teachers to classrooms. The articles in The Standard provide a roadmap.


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January 2020Volume 20, No. 1

Fostering Arts-Rich Schools

There are many good reasons for state boards to pay attention to the depth and breadth of instruction their schools offer in music, drama, theater, dance, and media arts.


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September 2019Volume 19, No 3

Getting Students Career Ready

Every student needs academic and technical skills to prepare them for life and every student needs to plant their feet on a career pathway during their K-12 journey.


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May 2019Volume 19, No 2

Moving the Needle on Literacy

To move the needle on literacy, state policymakers must consider the full spectrum of research and focus on high-quality teacher preparation, continuous professional development, and rich curriculum to meet the needs of all students.


January 2019Volume 19, No. 1

Student Safety and Wellness

The horrific school shootings in Florida and elsewhere in 2018 sparked new rounds of questioning across the country about how to prevent such tragedies and keep students safe.