K-12 Education

Ensuring access to a quality education to help all students reach their full potential is a top priority for Governors across the country. NGA provides information, research synthesis, policy analysis, technical assistance and resources to Governors and their staff on education topics. At the center of the K-12 Education team’s work are three core principles: equity, alignment, and evidence. The team is currently focused on supporting Governors as they transition from pandemic-disrupted learning to reimagining their state’s education systems, including on efforts aimed at closing the digital divide; addressing students’ academic recovery and wellbeing; and strengthening educator development and support systems.

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Improving Student, Family And School Staff Well-Being

NGA is working with six states and national and state partners, as well as grant support, to develop and carry out action plans focused on one or more specific state policy priorities related to students’ comprehensive development during and beyond COVID-19.


School Leadership Hot Topics

On School Leadership Hot Topics, nationally recognized education experts share their knowledge and insights on strategies and promising practices for advancing school leadership policies and priorities at the gubernatorial and state level. For additional information and resources on principals and school leaders, please visit the Wallace Foundation Knowledge Center.


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State of the States: Student and School Staff Health and Wellness

State of the States: Student and School Staff Health and Wellness

During their State of the State addresses in 2022, Governors highlighted the need for increased social, emotional, mental, and behavioral health supports for students and school staff. By Catherine Van ...
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State of the States: Academic Supports

State of the States: Academic Supports

Governors discussed the impact of interrupted instruction on K-12 students and highlighted plans for additional academic supports, including afterschool and summer learning, during their State of the State addresses. By ...
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Webinar:  Education Trends in 2022 State of the State Addresses

Webinar: Education Trends in 2022 State of the State Addresses

NGA partnered with Education Commission of the States (ECS) to produce a report summarizing Governors’ top education priorities as outlined during State of the State addresses. This webinar provides context ...
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2021-2022 CHAIRMAN’S INITIATIVE

Computer Science Education

Jobs that require computer science skills and knowledge will only continue to grow during the 21st century. Especially as more remote working opportunities arise, state leaders want to ensure that graduates have the skills they need to find high-paying jobs without leaving the state. Governors are leading the charge to identify best practices in expanding access to computer science education in K-12 schools across the country. Governor Hutchinson’s Initiative will focus on how states can expand access to computer science opportunities, including discussions on how to ensure equitable access to computer science education.


Meet Our Team

  • Seth Gerson
    Program Director
  • Catherine Van Ness
    Senior Policy Analyst
  • Katie Nichols
    Policy Coordinator

K-12 Topics

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Digital Literacy

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NGA K-12 Education Library

ESSA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Recommendations

The Honorable John King Secretary U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue SW Washington, DC 20024 Dear Secretary King: On behalf of the nation’s governors, we write to provide recommendations ...
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ESSA Implementation

John B. King, Jr. Secretary U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue Washington, D.C. 20202 Dear Secretary King: On behalf of states, districts, educators and parents with a strong commitment ...
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Testimony – ESSA Implementation

Statement of The Honorable Gary R. Herbert, Governor of Utah Before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee On “ESSA Implementation in States and School Districts: Perspectives from Education ...
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ESSA Implementation

John B. King, Jr. Acting Secretary U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue Washington, D.C. 20202 Dear Acting Secretary King: On behalf of states, school districts, educators and parents, we ...
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Ed Week: Here’s How the Education World Thinks the Feds Should Regulate Under ESSA

NGA's stance on implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was mentioned in Education Week's Politics K-12 blog. The post says: "National Governors Association: The department should use a light touch in regulating ...
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Every Student Succeeds Act

The Honorable Lamar Alexander Chair Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Patty Murray Ranking Member Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions ...
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ESEA Conference

The Honorable Lamar Alexander Chairman Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Patty Murray Ranking Member Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions ...
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ESEA Reauthorization

The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Harry Reid Minority Leader U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Lamar Alexander Chairman, Committee on Health, ...
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ESEA Reauthorization

The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Harry Reid Minority Leader U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Lamar Alexander Chairman, Committee on Health, ...
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Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

The Honorable Patty Murray Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Johnny Isakson U.S. Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Robert ...
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