NSBA signs on to the “Social Compact for American Education”

New Accountability logo

Together with 17 other leading education groups, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) has signed a new social compact that unites a diverse coalition of education leaders around accountability systems that aim to improve education. The statement of support – found at – represents a group that includes school administrators, teachers, support staff, and civil rights and community organizations.

“America’s school boards are pleased to support ‘A New Social Compact for American Education,’” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA’s Executive Director. “Our public commitment to accountability systems that work to improve education reflects and reinforces school boards’ focus on ensuring that every public school student graduates with the knowledge and skills he or she needs to be career or college ready.”

The website is intended as a resource centered on the accountability systems required to support and improve teaching and learning. In addition to providing information about research and policy, the site functions as a forum that allows people to share stories of new accountability in action, as well as a source of tools for individuals and groups working to advocate for change. The site allows organizations not yet part of the compact an opportunity to sign on to the principles.

The American Federation of Teachers was an initial architect of the compact. Other organizations signed on to the compact include: AASA, the School Superintendents Association; Alliance for Quality Education; The Albert Shanker Institute; American Youth Policy Forum; Center for Teaching Quality; Coalition for Community Schools; Committee for Economic Development; Education Law Center; League of United Latin American Citizens; Institute for Educational Leadership; National Association of Bilingual Educators; National Association of Secondary School Principals; National Education Association; Opportunity to Learn; Partnership for 21st Century Skills; and Southeast Asia Resource Action Center.

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