Giving Compass' Take:

· Education Dive reports on this year's National Conference of State Legislature’s (NCSL) summit and the top priorities for US schools to build 'world-class' education systems.

· How can education leaders reevaluate the whole system and build a solid foundation? How can policymakers, educators, and school leaders work together to create meaningful change?

· Check out the article about preparing and supporting teachers from last year's National Conference of State Legislature’s.


Expanding state pre-K programs, increasing teacher salaries, and allowing prospective elementary educators to specialize in a specific content area are among the steps some states are making to emulate the top-performing education systems in the world.

Gathering this week at the National Conference of State Legislature’s (NCSL) summit in Nashville, Tennessee, lawmakers from Maryland, Indiana and New Mexico shared what their states have been doing to implement recommendations in a 2016 NCSL report, which suggested relying on “silver bullet” strategies was contributing to disappointing student outcomes and causing states — and, therefore, the U.S. — to fall further behind other nations.

“There is a race on between education and what is happening in terms of technology, in terms of globalization, quite frankly in terms of the sustainability of the planet,” said Anthony Mackay, CEO and president of the National Center on Education and Economy (NCEE). “How do we get a learning system adequate to those challenges?”

Moderated by Mackay, the live-streamed session was the latest in a series of NCEE events focusing on what the U.S. and individual states can do in four key areas — early childhood, the teacher workforce, career and technical education (CTE), and aligning standards, assessments and instruction.

“Education is first and foremost a state responsibility,” said a summary of “No Time to Lose: How to Build a World-Class Education System State by State,” the 2016 report based on the work of a 28-member International Education Study Group. “Each state can develop its own strategies for building a modern education system that is globally competitive, similar to the approach taken by other high-performing countries.”

Read the full article about building 'world-class' education systems by Linda Jacobson at Education Dive.