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Center Publications
April 03, 2014

The National Governors Association released an issue brief examining states’ challenges and progress in creating and launching assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

March 31, 2014

Governors play an important role in modernizing the electric power grid to ensure it continues to function reliably, safely and efficiently, according to a new paper released by the National Governors Association.

March 13, 2014

Governors emphasized the importance of job creation, the budget, workforce development and education during their annual State of the State addresses, according to a report released by the National Governors Association.

February 23, 2014

As part of the National Governors Association’s (NGA) ongoing effort to help states reduce prescription drug abuse, findings from the Prescription Drug Abuse Reduction Policy Academy were the focus of the Health and Human Services Committee session at NGA’s 2014 Winter Meeting.

February 22, 2014

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin released the first report of her National Governors Association (NGA) Chair’s Initiative, America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow’s Jobs, during NGA’s 2014 Winter Meeting.

January 06, 2014

The Role of Dental Hygienists in Providing Access to Oral Health Care summarizes various policies governing the role of dental hygienists and examines alternative models and practices from states.

October 21, 2013

State Clean Energy Actions: November 2012–June 2013 Update covers the 55 states, commonwealths and territories and highlights nearly 350 actions governors took to support greater use of clean energy, often with the goal of spurring economic development, reducing energy costs to consumers or minimizing environmental impacts.

October 01, 2013

A Governor’s Guide to Early Literacy: Getting all Students Reading by Third Grade examines the gap between research and policy and describes the five policy actions that governors can take to ensure all children read at grade level by the end of third grade.

September 26, 2013

As part of the National Governors Association’s (NGA) ongoing effort to address cybersecurity, one of the most significant homeland security challenges facing the nation, NGA released Act and Adjust: A Call to Action for Governors for Cybersecurity. The paper provides strategic recommendations governors can immediately adopt to improve their state’s cybersecurity posture.

September 24, 2013

An Energy Efficiency Primer for Governors describes successful actions governors have taken to further cost-effective energy efficiency. Governors have worked with legislators, regulators and others to advance energy efficiency in a variety of ways.

September 19, 2013

With the U.S. economy increasingly demanding a more educated workforce, states are looking to colleges and universities to more effectively and efficiently meet the demand for better educating citizens. Beyond Completion: Enabling Governors to Evaluate the Outcomes of Postsecondary Education provides a comprehensive approach to address the ongoing shift from simply measuring inputs to a broader emphasis on outcomes and the relationship between resources and results.

September 09, 2013

Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) provide a critical source of health insurance coverage to low-income pregnant women, infants, and children. These reports highlight state trends in health care coverage for women and children through Medicaid and SCHIP.

August 19, 2013

Governors have updated their economic development strategies and launched new initiatives to further spur economic growth and provide high wage jobs, according to a report released by the National Governors Association (NGA).

July 25, 2013

Women who begin their pregnancies in poor health are more likely to have negative birth outcomes than healthy women, according to a paper released by the National Governors Association.

June 04, 2013

Effective school leadership and access to high-quality early education are two of the most important determinants of educational outcomes, according to a new paper released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).

May 16, 2013

States are actively pursuing reforms to enhance the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care services provided to pregnant women and children, according to a report released by the National Governors Association (NGA). Many state efforts involve changes in the way services are delivered and paid for to ensure better results and improve access to care.

May 08, 2013

Using Executive Orders to Advance Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy explores how governors can use executive orders to make measur­able progress toward their energy goals, particularly if they include clear direction to state agencies, concrete timelines and incentives and opportunities for guber­natorial leadership.

April 30, 2013

Governors continue to advance innovative policy approaches to further the use of energy efficiency, renewable energy and other clean energy resources, according to the 2012 update to the State Clean Energy Actions report, released by the National Governors Association (NGA).

April 04, 2013

The ability of the American worker to adapt to technological innovation and worldwide competition is the key to economic security in the future, according to a report released by the National Governors Association (NGA). The report notes that the current approach to workforce development in the U.S. was designed for a different set of economic realities than those that exist today.

January 29, 2013

Trends in State Implementation of the Common Core State Standards: Communications, the second brief in a four-part series on CCSS implementation, focuses on communicating the need for, and a vision of, reform.

January 28, 2013

“Making” Our Future focuses on the results of an NGA Center for Best Practices Policy Academy where teams from eight states—California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania—participated in an intensive, year-long strategic planning process to support advanced manufacturing by combining workforce education and support for business innovation, university-industry partnerships and public and private sector entrepreneurship.

January 17, 2013

States play a significant role in online education, both as providers and as regulators, according to this report released by the National Governors Association (NGA).

January 16, 2013

Report offers a snapshot of sector strategies today, an overview of what makes them different from traditional workforce and economic development programs and a description of actions that state administrators and policymakers can take as part of a policy framework to support the strategies’ creation and effective operation.

December 20, 2012

One way states could increase access to primary care for their residents is to consider easing their scope of practice restrictions and modifying their reimbursement policies to increase the role of nurse practitioners in providing primary care, according to a new paper released by the National Governors Association.

December 18, 2012

Improving Preparedness Through Sharing Public Health and Homeland Security Information examines how states can combine and consolidate programs to avoid duplication of efforts. By directing agency heads and encouraging local governments to develop an integrated approach to sharing information among public health and homeland security agencies, states can greatly improve their situational awareness of emerging threats and disaster response.