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Designing and Aligning Assessments for Next Generation Science Standards

This webinar is now on-demand! Watch the full event here. The National Research Council recently released a report called Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards that outlines an approach to developing science assessments that align to the vision of standards such as Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Developing such assessments comes at a critical time […]

College, Career, and Civic Readiness: How Can a State Measure It?

This webinar is now on-demand! Watch the full event here. Surveys of postsecondary education, workforce, and civic leaders have highlighted that in the 21st century, mastery of academic content and graduation are necessary, but not sufficient precursors for college, career, and civic success—students need other key skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, effective communication, and collaboration […]

How State Boards Can Be Smarter About ‘Smart Snacks’ Implementation

Starting this July, all states must comply with the Smart Snacks rule of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act. The policy, governed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), sets healthier nutrition standards for all foods sold on a school campus during the school day—not just the traditional lunches and breakfasts long subsidized through the […]

Student Data Privacy & State Policymakers: What You Should Know & What You Can Do

This webinar is now on-demand! Watch the full event here. In nearly every state, there is a complex and growing debate over student data privacy. Although schools have always kept records on students, new technology has opened the door to better data collection, better data analysis, and more personalized learning. But this technology has also sparked fears […]

CTE and College, Career, and Civic Readiness: The Role of State Boards

This webinar is now on-demand! Watch the full event here. More and more, state policymakers, and state boards of education in particular, are focused on Career Technical Education (CTE) as a means to address employers’ concerns over a growing knowledge and skills gap across the United States. Once considered an education track for those students who were […]

The New Federal School Discipline Guidance: What it Means for State Boards of Education

This webinar is now on-demand! Watch the full event here. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice jointly issued school discipline guidance to school districts and schools across the country outlining key principles for improving school climates and eliminating discipline disparities that persist among minority and special education students. Ensuring […]

Community Eligibility: What Policymakers Need to Know About Changes Coming to School Meals

This webinar is now on-demand! Watch the full event here. Just a few weeks ago, First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the expansion of a program that gives all students, regardless of income, free school meals in qualifying schools. The program is called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the […]

Education for the 21st Century: The Role of State Boards in Advancing Deeper Learning

This webinar is now on-demand! Watch the full event here. State policymakers across the country are increasingly focused on ensuring students not only master key academic content, but that they also learn important skills associated with 21st century success, including critical thinking and problem solving, effective communication, collaboration, and academic mindsets—competencies often referred to as “deeper learning.” […]