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What Contributes to School Readiness?

States are considering updating school readiness definitions to include brain research and the importance of noncognitive skills.

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It’s School Choice Week and All Eyes Are on Congress

Every January, school choice advocates celebrate school choice week.

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Should States Treat Computer Coding as a Foreign Language?

The issue of teaching coding is a part of larger movement to improve K-12 computer science education. Components include allowing computer science classes to satisfy existing graduation requirements for math or science, establishing computer science standards, and strengthening the computer science teacher certification process.

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Improving Educational Outcomes Through Service and Legislative Action

Did you know that only 36 percent of the nation’s fourth graders are reading at or above proficiency? What about that students not reading proficiently by the end of third grade are four times less likely to graduate high school?

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U.S. Students Still Rank Far Below Students Around the World

Student achievement in U.S. high schools is stagnant while other countries continue high student performance and others are moving students upward, according to results of the every-three-year Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) measurements..

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High-Quality Preschool, Then What?

Preschool funding approached nearly $7 billion nationwide during the 2015-2016 academic year, up 12 percent from the previous year. This funding is generally utilized to create and/or increase access to high-quality programs.

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State Governments Helping Feed Hungry College Students

The image of the underfed American college student is not a myth.

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Importance of Being Socially and Behaviorally Ready for Kindergarten

Participants from 31 states joined NCSL’s webinar earlier this month to learn more about the financial impacts of young learners entering kindergarten ill prepared and not having the important social, emotional and behavioral skills necessary to succeed. 

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Voters in 12 States Eye Choices on Education Issues

As the days become cooler and the election season heats up, voters in 12 states will consider education-related ballot initiatives, referenda, and constitutional amendments.

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Early Care and Education Summer Quarter 2016 Update

This edition of the e-update features some recent webinars hosted by the Early Care and Education project, provides an in-depth update of the fifth class of NCSL Early Learning Fellows and highlights some of the interesting 2016 enacted bills of note (so far).

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.