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Highlighting Washington State's Efforts to Improve Educational Outcomes for all Students

NCSL’s new case study report, "Addressing Achievement Through Opportunity: Washington State’s Approach to Closing the Gap," takes an in-depth look at the process Washington state policymakers, parents, community leaders and education advocates took to begin unraveling this complex issue.

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Lights on Afterschool: Highlighting the Importance of Program Quality

Today marks the annual Lights On Afterschool celebration, with more than 8,000 events highlighting the importance of afterschool programs in communities across the country.

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NCSL Commission Studies Idaho’s Mastery-Based Learning Network

“I think my parents are happy with what we’re doing because I actually get what I need,” says a fourth-grade student at Greenhurst Elementary in Nampa, Idaho. “Before, things were too easy for me in math—now that we switch classes to the right level, I’m learning more.” At the mastery-based Greenhurst Elementary, fourth-grade students might be working in fifth-grade math standards and third-grade grade literacy standards.

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Lawmakers, Staff Tour Metro State University in Denver

As part of the 15th annual Legislative Institute on Higher Education, legislators and staff toured Metropolitan State University in Denver to learn about the strategies used by the school and potential lessons to apply across the country.

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State Higher Ed Executives Highlight Need to Increase Scope, Focus on Reform

As states strive to increase postsecondary graduation rates, legislators will look to develop statewide plans and targets to meet these goals.

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Changing Student Faces Prompt New Strategies for Graduation

One of the biggest challenges facing postsecondary institutions is a rapidly changing student body. At the 15th annual Legislative Institute on Higher Education held in Denver, the topic of increased student diversity was an important focus for legislators and staff. 

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Examining Education Policy Issues at NCSL's Legislative Institute on Higher Education

More than 30 legislators and staff convened in Denver to engage with issues ranging from recent policy trends to future workforce development during the 15th annual Legislative Institute on Higher Education.

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Designing a World-Class Early Learning System in New Mexico

New Mexico is tied with Mississippi for the highest percentage of children aged birth to 5 living in poverty at 30 percent. While this may seem like an incredible challenge, it also presents an incredible opportunity for the state.

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State Legislatures Magazine: Federalism, School Safety, Energy Storage

What is the state of federalism today? That question anchors the cover story in the current issue of NCSL’s State Legislatures magazine.

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Policymakers Visit a High-Quality Preschool Center on Skid Row

Los Angeles—Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, whose name has been a cultural synonym for urban despair for more than a century, is home to one of the largest stable homeless populations in the United States (between 8,000-11,000 people).

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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.