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

Health and Safety

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Student and Staff Well-Being

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Academic Recovery / Summer Learning and Enrichment

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Digital Literacy

In this session Montana Governor Steve Bullock and Colorado Governor Jared Polis stress the importance of reliable broadband access for all areas of their states to support education and economic ...
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A Discussion On Broadband Access And Education

During the 2016 National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Des Moines, governors joined students at Code.org’s first-ever “Hour of Code” event, where they learned about coding from students of all ...
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Governors Learn to Code at Summer Meeting


Educator Workforce

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Education Finance

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K-12, Postsecondary, Workforce Connections

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NGA K-12 Education Library

NGA and ACT Release One-Pagers Detailing Governors’ Education Agendas

NGA and ACT Release One-Pagers Detailing Governors’ Education Agendas

The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices, in partnership with ACT, the nonprofit learning, measurement and navigation organization behind the ACT® test, is releasing its initial 10 one-page ...
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School Leadership Under ESSA: State Highlights

School Leadership Under ESSA: State Highlights

Hosted by the National Governors Association (NGA) and Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), this webinar highlighted how governors and state education chiefs in Delaware and Tennessee have worked ...
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School Safety and Prevention Webinar

School Safety and Prevention Webinar

The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices Education, Health and Homeland Security and Public Safety divisions held a webinar on School Safety and Prevention on September 17, 2018 ...
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Governors Education Policy Advisors Institute 2018

Governors Education Policy Advisors Institute 2018

September 12-14, 2018 | Little Rock, Arkansas The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices hosted its annual Governors’ Education Policy Advisors Institute from September 12-14, 2018. The Institute ...
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Governors Praise Senate for  Protecting Education, Workforce Funding

Governors Praise Senate for Protecting Education, Workforce Funding

House is called on to follow, preserve critical funding  WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA) today released a statement regarding Senate and House consideration of FY 2019 Labor, Health and Human ...
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Governors: Passage of Perkins Reauthorization a Win for States and Students

Governors: Passage of Perkins Reauthorization a Win for States and Students

New law will help governors connect education to workforce needs WASHINGTON—National Governors Association (NGA) released the following statement on U.S. Senate and House passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical ...
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Chronic Absenteeism Webinar

On Jul. 9, 2018, the Education Division, in partnership with NGA's Health and Economic Opportunity Divisions, presented a webinar on Chronic Absenteeism. The session features national and state experts from ...
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Governors to Senate: Accelerate Innovation in Perkins with Role for Governors, Educators and Industry

Dear Chairman Alexander and Senator Murray: On behalf of governors across the country, we urge Congress to modernize federal career and technical education policy to reflect our leadership in states ...
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Education and Workforce Appropriations for FY 2019

Letter to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Chair Roy Blunt and Ranking Member Patty Murran and U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, ...
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Policy Academy on Scaling Work-Based Learning: Knowledge Exchange Learning Lab

Policy Academy on Scaling Work-Based Learning: Knowledge Exchange Learning Lab

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) held a learning lab exploring strategies states can use to expand and scale work-based learning opportunities for youth and young ...
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