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Top 5 education policy issues in 2015

By Laura Devaney
January 20th, 2015

State accountability and school readiness are two of this year’s top education policy challenges

education-policyThe Council of State Governments (CSG) recently issued a brief outlining what it considers to be the top five policy issues that will face education in 2015.

In a blog post, CSG Director of Education Policy Pam Goins noted that “state officials and policymakers have been focused on college- and career-readiness for several years yet challenges still exist to graduate students with the skills and competencies necessary to obtain sustainable employment. 2015 promises to be another busy year concentrated on implementing best practices and enacting innovative policies that prepare America’s youngest students for entry into school, create environments for all students including those at-risk, and offer a variety of experiences so students participate in work-based opportunities.”

The top five issues include school readiness, experiential and work-based learning, academic success for at-risk populations, innovative state accountability systems, and advance attainment of degrees, certificates and other high-quality credentials.

Each policy challenge is outlined below, with an expanded view available on CSG’s website.

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