NSBA’s Position on National Academic Standards

High School Graduation

Houston ISD/Dave Einsel:

NSBA Supports State-Led Common Academic Standards that Allow Flexibility for Local Communities

NSBA supports the development of common standards that can be voluntarily adopted by states and include sufficient flexibility for local school boards to effectively address challenges in their own communities.

We recognize that the federal government has an important role to play in helping states and school districts provide all students with a strong public education. However, the role must be one of partnership and support:

  • Providing funding for those students with the greatest needs; and
  • Serving as a clearinghouse to share and promote ideas and best practices to help educators fulfill their mission.

NSBA believes that the federal government should not be involved in the actual development of national standards.

We recognize the importance of rigorous academic standards to ensure that public school students are competitive in the global society. States and school districts likewise see the benefit to students of having rigorous standards, strong curricula aligned with those standards, and valid, reliable systems of assessments that fairly and accurately reflect the performance of students, schools, and school districts.

Views differ, however, on how to effectively achieve these goals. Some believe public schools would best be served through national academic standards like the Common Core. At the same time, others believe that standards should be left to states or groups of states to develop individually or collectively.

What You Can Do

  1. Encourage your local school board members to contact Congress and ask them to provide maximum authority and flexibility to the states in this effort. Here’s how to contact your Representatives and Senators.
  2. Stay informed. Watch this space for updates on NSBA’s position. You can find other resources at NSBA’s Center for Public Education.

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