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December 09, 2009

Road Map for States to Increase College Success Laid Out in New NGA Center Issue Brief

To address the increasing necessity for students to obtain a college degree or certificate, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) today released an issue brief, Increasing College Success: A Road Map for Governors, that outlines actions governors can take to increase U.S. college completion rates.

November 19, 2009

Governors to Hold Biennial Seminar in Colorado

In 2010, the nation will hold 39 gubernatorial elections. In at least 22 of those races, there will be a definite change in leadership. To assist new governors in their transition from campaigning to governing, NGA holds a Seminar for New Governors (SNG) every two years.

November 12, 2009

NGA, NASBO Say States Will Continue to Face Fiscal Difficulties in Coming Years

In a preliminary review of the biannual report The Fiscal Survey of States, officials from NGA and the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) forecasted continued fiscal difficulties for states.

November 10, 2009

Common Core State Standards K-12 Work and Feedback Groups Announced

The NGA Center and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced the individuals who will develop the K-12 standards for English-language arts and mathematics in the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI). Fifty-one states and territories have joined this state-led process.

November 09, 2009

New NGA Center Issue Brief Provides Formula for Enhanced Postsecondary School Performance

To help states assess the performance of their universities, community colleges and other two- and four-year postsecondary institutions, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) today released an issue brief, Measuring Student Achievement at Postsecondary Institutions, which offers a formula for measuring system wide student achievement, a critical factor in assessing postsecondary school performance.

October 28, 2009

NGA Center Issue Brief Highlights Expanded Learning Opportunities as Effective Part of State Dropout Prevention Strategies

States can use expanded learning opportunities (ELOs), such as afterschool, summer learning, extended day and extended year programs, to reduce student dropout rates, according to a new issue brief released by the NGA Center.

October 26, 2009

NGA Center Issue Brief Offers State Policies to Improve Quality of Teacher Professional Development

The NGA Center released an issue brief, State Policies to Improve Teacher Professional Development, that outlines approaches states can take to improve the quality of teacher professional development and ensure the investments made in professional development aid student learning.

October 22, 2009

New NGA Center Report Provides Comprehensive Approach to High School Dropout Prevention and Recovery

A new report from the NGA Center addresses the alarming rate at which students in the United States drop out of high school.

October 05, 2009

NGA Center Releases New Report on Effective State Strategies for Educational Success

The NGA Center, in partnership with the James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy (Hunt Institute), has released, Perfecting the Formula: Effective Strategies = Educational Success, a summary of the 2009 Governors Education Symposium, which brought toghther teams of governors, legislators and state education commissioners from around the country.

September 29, 2009

NGA Center for Best Practices Releases State "Green" Economy Profiles

The NGA Center released a series of reports analyzing emerging "green" economies in each state. The in-depth profiles of each state are available on the NGA Center Web site.