In July 2020, NCSL, the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) launched the 2020-2021 cohort of the Legislative International Education Study Group. This bipartisan group of 20 legislators and legislative staff embarked on a two-year study of the highest-performing education systems to glean lessons that might be applied in our own states to improve our state education systems.
They discussed their work during NCSL’s 2022 Legislative Summit and released their findings in a report, The Time is Now: Reimagining World-Class State Education Systems. Here they urge their colleagues to leverage the pandemic’s disruption and reimagine and rebuild an education system that better meets learning outcomes for all students and meets our future workforce needs.
The report describes their adoption of NCEE’s Blueprint for a High-Performing Education System as a policy framework to improve state education systems, focused common elements found in the most effective systems:
- Effective Teachers and Principals
- Rigorous and Adaptive Learning System
- Equitable Foundation of Supports
- Coherent and Aligned Governance
This study builds on findings of the first cohort of 26 legislators and legislative staff. They released their seminal report in 2016, No Time to Lose: How to Build a World-Class Education System State by State. Maryland is now implementing a new blueprint based on the recommendation.