Issues Archive

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) Education

    Economic growth in the 21st century will be driven by our nation’s ability to both generate ideas and translate them into innovative products and services. Improving high school graduation rates and ensuring that all ...

  • Effective Teachers and School Leaders

    The most important school-based factor influencing student achievement is the quality of a school’s workforce—the teachers and leaders responsible for setting high expectations and delivering top quality instruction. ...

  • College and Career-Training Ready Standards

    The Common Core is a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA). These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade. The ...

  • K-12 Education Issues

    Education policy is a constitutional responsibility of states, and governors play a leading role in efforts to improve education. The challenges states face in K-12 education are complex, and governors must address a wide ...

  • Promoting Interagency Coordination and Collaboration

    Though high-quality early learning experiences from infancy through third grade provide children with a strong foundation for academic and lifelong success, more may be needed for the most vulnerable children. Growing ...

  • Strengthening States’ Early Care and Education Systems

    Research shows that investments in high-quality early care and education (ECE) programs for children from birth to school entry promote both social and cognitive skills that prepare children for success in kindergarten and ...

  • Aligning Early Learning and K-12 Reforms

    Many states are pursuing policy changes that affect early learning and K-12 education simultaneously. Those two streams of activities will tackle a similar set of issues (for example, learning standards, child assessments, ...

  • Early Learning from Birth through Third Grade

    Decades of research shows that high-quality early care and education (ECE) programs have significant academic and lifelong benefits, ranging from lower rates of grade retention and special education placements to greater ...

  • Access & Completion

    Employment projections show that the majority of job growth will occur in occupations that require a postsecondary vocational certificate or academic degree. Yet despite the need for skills upgrading and postsecondary ...

  • Postsecondary Education

    Postsecondary education is more important to states than ever before. Within the next decade, nearly two-thirds of the jobs in the U.S. will require some form of college credential. To meet that demand, states must lead ...

  • Work-Based Learning & Apprenticeship

    Industries in every state are struggling to find qualified applicants for jobs, while job seekers too often find they lack the skills needed to enter or move along a career pathway to a good job. Preparing a workforce that ...

  • Workforce Development

    A top priority of the nation’s governors is developing the skilled and knowledgeable workforce required for states to be economically competitive in the global economy. To achieve this, state workforce and education ...