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


Because they reflect local values about what students should learn during their K-12 years, academic standards are inherently political. Through a variety of ways, federal, state, and local actors have long sought to control decisions about what constitutes “official knowledge.” From book bans to state laws restricting curricular choices, the politics of academic content is once again making news. A review of the legal framework for these content decisions may provide helpful context for state boards of education.


NCOSEA Voice: The Struggle to Control Academic Content



Related Content



Featured Items

A male nurse of Indian ethnicity explains something to a young girl in the doctor's office. Photo Credit: iStock i

Enhancing School-Based Health Services

School-based health services (SBHS) are a powerful, yet underused strategy to expand equitable healthcare to students, according to this analysis from NASBE.
Bus driver high fives new student stepping on bus. Image Credit: iStock i

Education Support Professionals as Partners in Improving School Climate

State boards of education should champion education support professionals as partners in improving school climate.
Diverse group of high school of college graduates smiling during the graduation ceremony. They are standing in a row. Image Credit: iStock i

States Sketch ‘Portraits of a Graduate’

While their entry points and approaches to the work differ, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and Washington have all drawn up profiles that many call the North Star of their state education systems.

Upcoming Events

From the States