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Many state boards of education put equity at the center of their missions. Yet as individuals and boards, we continue to wrestle with what that means in practice and how to translate intentions into effective action. Could the inability—or even unwillingness—to engage diverse perspectives be the reason we struggle to address inequities in public education? This piece highlights the work of our Leading for Equity and Excellence Program (LEEP) and how it has coached state boards to be equity leaders.


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Bowing to the realities of the pandemic, states halted annual summative testing this spring, with a federal blessing. Yet with the U.S. Department of Education signaling that they will not waive the required tests for the current school year, 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.

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