Student Achievement

Improving Urban Schools: Equity and Access in K-12 STEM Education for All Students

The rate of technological innovation and change has been tremendous over the past 10 years, and this rapid increase will only continue. STEM literacy is the power to “identify, apply, and integrate concepts from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to understand complex problems and to innovate to solve them” (Washington state STEM, 2011, Internet). In order for U.S. students to be forefront of this revolution, ALL of our schools need to be part of the STEM vision and guide students in acquiring STEM literacy.

Comfort v. Lynn School Committee, No. 03-2415 (1st Cir. October 20, 2004)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has ruled that a Massachusetts school district’s use of race as a factor in its student assignment plan violates the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. Because race is a suspect classification under the Equal Protection Clause, the First Circuit applied the two-pronged strict scrutiny test to determine if the school district’s plan is constitutional. The first prong requires the government to demonstrate that the use of race serves a compelling governmental interest.

Louisiana Federation of Teachers v. State of Louisiana (La. Sup. Ct.)

School voucher program: Louisiana private school voucher program part of national effort to divert public dollars from public education - without imposing accountability to harm of taxpayers. Filed March 18, 2013 

NSBA Comments to ED’s March 2014 Data Collection Request on the Impact of Professional Development on Fourth Grade Student Achievement in Fractions

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) offered formal comments to the Notice of the "Impact of Professional Development in Fractions for Fourth Grade" from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on April 7, 2014.  NSBA's comments noted NSBA's support for teachers continually receiving professional development. However, NSBA's comments expressed concern for the method by which ED seeks to obtain the identified data about student achievement, the data’s usefulness, and the significant cost and validity issues associated with the proposal.

New Guide for School Boards Aims to Boost Student Success through Community Partnerships

NSBA Names "20 to Watch" Education Technology Leaders

Alexandria, Va. (March 7, 2014) – The National School Boards Association's (NSBA) Technology Leadership Network (TLN) announces its “20 to Watch” honorees for 2013-2014. These distinctive education leaders from across the country are being recognized for their ability to inspire colleagues to incorporate innovative technology solutions that contribute to high-quality learning environments and more efficient school district operations. 

Creative Drivers

Creativity may be a relative newcomer on the industrial world’s wish list for prepared workers, but it has long been valued in teaching and in learning. Researchers are finding that creativity can be clearly defined – and, more importantly – taught.

Brighter Futures

Poverty now outstrips race as the best predictor of college attendance and completion. Bright Futures USA, a new non-profit organization started by Missouri’s Joplin Public Schools, plans to tackle poverty’s stranglehold on student achievement across the U.S.

School Boards Circa 2010: Governance in the Accountability Era

Public education has shifted toward a system of accountability that holds students and the adults who teach them responsible for their academic progress. But even in this new landscape, we know that school boards remain highly relevant. The top priorities for educators, as board members and superintendents told us in this survey, are helping students fulfill their potential and preparing them for satisfying and productive lives.

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