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Trends in State Implementation of the Common Core State Standards: Educator Effectiveness

Governors play a critical role in ensuring teachers and principals are prepared to support students in meeting the expectations of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for K-12 English language arts/literacy and mathematics, according to a new issue brief released by the National Governors Association.


Trends in State Implementation of the Common Core State Standards: Communication

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.


Advance America: A Commitment to Quality Education

The 2013 Governors Education Symposium, co-hosted by the NGA Center and the Hunt Institute, focused on college- and career-training ready standards, building coalitions, effective teachers and leaders, and reallocating resources to improve achievement and attainment.


August 24, 2017

How Maryland Policymakers Are Working Together to Improve School Principal Quality

A new paper from the National Governors Association highlights the successful efforts of one state, Maryland, to strategically select and train its most promising future leaders in order to prepare them for the leadership responsibilities associated with leading schools that have increased expectations for all students.


December 13, 2016

Promising Practices in Boosting School Leadership Capacity: Principal Academies

A new paper from the National Governors Association explores principal academies—a tool that governors can add to their policy toolkit to augment preparation and training for aspiring and sitting public school principals.


October 01, 2016

The Untapped Potential of an Early Childhood Assessment System

A new white paper from the National Governors Association outlines how state leaders can reduce or streamline the assessments being used in early learning programs and elementary schools, achieve economies of scale for educator training and leverage existing data systems to yield more powerful data to inform decision-making.


October 27, 2015

Expanding Student Success: A Primer on Competency-Based Education from Kindergarten through Higher Education

The education system of the United States is not adequately preparing a large proportion of its students for college, career-training and, ultimately, jobs that provide enough income to support a middle class standard of living.


August 24, 2015

Tracking Graduates in the Workforce: Connecting Education and Labor Market Data

Governors play a central role in ensuring that public educational institutions provide students with the knowledge and abilities required for a successful life and career.


June 25, 2015

Improving Educational Outcomes: How State Policy Can Support School Principals as Instructional Leaders

As states are pursuing various education reforms necessary to support the implementation of more rigorous standards that will more accurately measure students readiness for college or career training, governors and other state leaders have many opportunities to make policy decisions that will support principals so that they can improve the quality of teaching and learning in every school across a state.


October 28, 2014

Unlocking Young Children’s Potential: Governors’ Role in Strengthening Early Mathematics Learning

Mathematics knowledge acquired in early childhood and early elementary grades is a critical foundation for long-term student success, according to a new paper released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).