About NASBE

NASBE is the only organization devoted exclusively to supporting members of state boards of education. For 60 years, NASBE has been a reliable source of information and action-oriented guidance for state boards of education. A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, NASBE elevates state board members’ voices in national and state policymaking, facilitates the exchange of informed ideas, and supports members in advancing equity and excellence in public education for students of all races, genders, and circumstances.

In 2018, NASBE engaged in a strategic planning process, which produced a new mission statement and a set of agreed-on core values. The mission statement lays out the rationale for all of NASBE’s work: We develop, support, and empower citizen leaders on state boards of education to strengthen public education systems so students of all backgrounds and circumstances are prepared to succeed in school, work, and life.

State boards operate as lay bodies in state education policymaking, serving as an unbiased broker for education decision making, articulating the long-term vision and needs of public education, and making policy in the best interests of the public and the young people of America.

NASBE’s programs are all designed to focus on helping boards address our key values of equity and excellence. In general, they fall into three major areas: 

  • Preparing students for college, careers, and civic life
  • Developing policies to attract, prepare, and retain a high-quality, diverse education workforce
  • Ensuring that all students attend safe and healthy school

Learn more about NASBE by visiting www.nasbe.org