About This Database

The NASBE State Policy Database collects regulations and practices governing state education systems in all states and U.S. territories. The database covers a broad range of topics that fall under the authority of state boards of education with varying specificity depending on the governance model each state has adopted. 

In 47 states and three U.S. territories, state boards of education provide citizen voice and lay leadership for state education policymaking. State boards serve as an unbiased broker for education decision making, establishing and articulating the long-range vision and needs of public education and making coherent, well-articulated policies to ensure all students have the opportunity to achieve.

While every state defines the scope of board responsibility differently, virtually every state board of education has responsibility for the following:

  • setting statewide curriculum standards
  • establishing high school graduation requirements
  • establishing state accountability and assessment programs
  • determining qualifications for professional education personnel
  • establishing standards for accreditation of local school districts and preparation programs for teachers and administrators
  • implementing and administering federal programs
  • developing rules and regulations for administering state programs
  • developing policies that govern the health and safety of children while they are in school, from the administration of medications to building codes to student discipline policies

Policies in NASBE’s State Policy Database reflect these important authorities. The database contains complete listings or descriptions of laws (statutes), rules, regulations, administrative orders, mandates, standards, and resolutions that govern and help ensure educational quality and student safety in U.S. schools.

The database is compiled entirely from public sources, and every effort is made to ensure it reflects the most up-to-date and accurate data available. Sometimes, though, we get it wrong or a policy evolves quicker than we can make updates. If errors or inaccurate information are discovered, please contact communications@nasbe.org.

NASBE’s State Policy Database is made possible with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Together for Healthy and Successful Schools Initiative. NASBE first developed its Health Policy Database in 1998 with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s School Health Branch. We thank these foundations for their support of this project but take sole responsibility for the information provided here.