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College, Career, and Civic Readiness

The Standard - Article

Telltale Signs of Rigor and Career Readiness in High School

State boards can take a lesson from schools that already dish up rigorous assignments in college- and career-ready courses alike and ensure more schools do it.

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The Standard - Article

A New Architecture for High School Learning

State leaders should retire the Carnegie unit and open the door for high school designs that ensure learning is engaging, relevant, experiential, and competency based.

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The Standard

Advancing Math and Science Instruction

Advancing math and science education entails doing something different so it is possible for all students to achieve mastery.

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The Standard - Article

How Rhode Island Increased the Value of a High School Diploma

New graduation requirements aim to align with college admission standards and address inequities in college and career readiness.

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The Standard - Article

Merging High School and College: The Early College High School Model

Six elements in statewide law and policy pave the way for effective programs that help more students thrive in college courses while they are still in high school.

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State Innovations

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.

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Opportunities and Challenges for State Preschool Expansion

Authors in the latest issue of the State Education Standard “Preschool for All” detail how states have expanded access to quality early education, the research that supports these efforts, and the growing pains these initiatives are likely to experience. National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) researchers Steven Barnett and Allison Friedman-Krauss lead the issue […]

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Power of the Question

Five Questions State Boards Should Ask about Students' Access to Physical Education

Despite most states requiring participation in physical education, a national survey finds access in K-12 schools is severely lacking. State leaders can improve access to physical education starting with these five questions.

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Press Release

Newest Issue of the Standard Considers Preschool for All

Authors in the latest issue of NASBE’s State Education Standard document how states have expanded access to quality early education, the research that supports these efforts, and the growing pains these initiatives are likely to experience.

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The Standard - Column

Illinois's Bold Bid to Expand Preschool Access to All

Through the Smart Start Illinois initiative, Illinois is expanding access to preschool, increasing funding to child care providers to raise wages and quality, and reaching more vulnerable families with early support.

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The Standard - Column

Expanding Access to Quality Early Childhood Education in Arkansas

The state’s LEARNS Act creates the roadmap for a unified system, and the state board has a key role to play.

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The Standard - Article

State Strategies for Improving Young Children's Math Skills

Early math instruction is as important to young learners' futures as literacy. It's time for math to get the same level of attention.

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The Standard - Article

An Economic Perspective on Preschool for All

Is “preschool for all” the best way to extend access to preschool to the children who need it most?

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The Standard - Article

Universal Pre-K in Tulsa: A Surprising Success

Longitudinal studies of Tulsa’s universal pre-K program reveal benefits to students that persist as they move through elementary and secondary school and on to college.

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The Standard - Article

Opportunities and Challenges for Preschool Expansion

As states adopt a bigger role in preschool, state leaders need to be ready to steer through tough questions of quality, access, funding, and continuous improvement.

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