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Education Equity

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Introductory Training on Leading for Equity and Excellence

Despite the prominent role race and cultural diversity play in our society, few safe spaces exist for policymakers and others to have open, honest dialogue about educational inequity. It is one reason why policymakers, educators, and communities continue to grapple with achievement gaps and racial disparities. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) underscores state policymakers’ […]

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Policy Update

Building the Capacity of State Boards to Lead for Equity and Excellence

This NASBE policy update offers state boards a means to address these issues through structured discussions of equity, the achievement gap, and what state boards need to lead for equity and excellence.

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Project

Leading for Equity and Excellence Program

The Leading for Equity and Excellence Program (LEEP) is a professional development resource for state policymakers committed to advancing equity in education.

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Power of the Question

Seven Questions Boards Should Ask About Their ESSA State Plans

This analysis lays out seven big questions board members should have answered before they vote on their state's ESSA plan.

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Education Leaders Reports

School Surveillance: The Consequences for Equity and Privacy

School surveillance poses challenges for equity and student data privacy. The authors suggest six principles to guide state policymakers toward effective policies that balance these challenges with the school safety benefits.

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Education Leaders Reports

How States Can Advance Deeper Learning for All

States can ensure equitable access to deeper learning skills in the classroom by leveraging resources, rigor, and educational experiences.

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Education Leaders Reports

Advancing School Discipline Reform

Punitive school discipline and zero-tolerance policies impede student achievement, and there are supportive, evidence-based disciplinary strategies to supplant them.

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The Standard

Unfinished Business: Addressing Unequal Opportunities in Education

Student achievement gaps in the United States have persisted, though not at static levels, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And while the degree to which any particular factor gets blame or credit for widening or narrowing the gaps is debatable, the authors in this issue of The State Education Standard agree that differences […]

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Policy Update

Will New Teacher Equity Plans Get Closer to the Mark?

According to the US Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection, nearly 96 percent of our nation’s public school teachers are licensed and certified. So why are over a half a million low-income and minority students still being taught in schools with the highest percentages of unqualified and inexperienced teachers? A new NASBE Policy Update explores teacher equity and why state policymakers need to start paying closer attention.

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