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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Governors’ Education Policy Advisors Institute 2022

Governors’ Education Policy Advisors Institute 2022

Governors’ advisors met in Greensboro, North Carolina to discuss current challenges and state solutions in K-12 education policy. By Seth Gerson & Catherine Van Ness The National Governors Association (NGA) ...
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K-12 Computer Science Education – NGA 2022 Summer Meeting

K-12 Computer Science Education – NGA 2022 Summer Meeting

Outgoing NGA Chairman Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson opened the NGA Summer Meeting with an overview of his 2021-2022 Chairman’s Initiative to expand K-12 computer science education. After announcing the initiative last ...
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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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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.


Meet Our Team

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

K-12 Topics

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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

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

States Continue Advancing Strategies to Scale Work-Based Learning

States Continue Advancing Strategies to Scale Work-Based Learning

Summary States increasingly need a more highly skilled workforce to meet the requirements of businesses, keep up with a rapidly changing economy and accelerate growth that leads to economic opportunity ...
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Financing an Equitable and High-Quality K-12 Education System

Financing an Equitable and High-Quality K-12 Education System

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted a webinar that provided state examples and strategies to address funding formulas, leverage public taxpayer investments and increase effective ...
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Governors’ Education Policy Advisors Institute

December 13-15, 2017 | Miami Beach, FL The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted governors’ education policy advisors in Miami Beach, Florida. The institute focused on ...
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States Support Work-Based Learning to Expand Employment Opportunities

WASHINGTON— The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) announced that six states— Alabama, Idaho, Illinois, Nevada, North Carolina and Rhode Island— have been selected to participate in a policy academy focused on scaling ...
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Governors Praise Senate for Protecting Education, Workforce Funding

WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA) Education and Workforce Committee, led by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, released a statement on Congress’ consideration of FY 2018 Labor, Health and ...
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How Maryland Policymakers Are Working Together to Improve School Principal Quality

Many states have recently devoted significant attention to improving the quality of teaching and school leadership. Changes to teacher and principal evaluations as well as modifications to policy and regulation ...
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Governors Education Symposium

June 11 – 12, 2017 | Denver, CO The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Hunt Institute hosted a Governors Education Symposium, which provided the ...
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Governors’ Role Critical in Every Student Succeeds Act

WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA) today released a statement following the release of the revised state plan template under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): “Governors’ review of ESSA state ...
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K-12 Education Reform

1.1    Preamble America’s elementary and secondary education system has evolved over the decades with changing economic pressures, intense globalization and rising expectations for all students. Despite these changes, however, too ...
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Early Education Takes Center Stage At Governors’ Opening Session

WASHINGTON—At the opening session of the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, governors discussed early childhood education and its importance in building a strong foundation for economic success in the ...
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