State Policy and Legislation
Much of the legislation, regulation, and guidance that directly impacts the educator preparation profession is crafted and implemented at the state level. Each state establishes the licensure and certification requirements for teacher and school leaders, and states are required by federal law to hold educator preparation programs accountable. Each state has crafted its own accountability structure for educator preparation as well. Therefore, it is important to follow and engage with the legislative and regulatory actions unfolding in your state. AACTE has compiled the following resources to assist you:
These search engines support your legislative research to learn the status of bills and those that are signed into law. Please read the descriptions to find the one that will work best for you.
|National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) – This tracker contains education legislation passed by state legislatures from 2008 to the present, and includes the ability to search by state, topic, status of legislation, primary sponsor, bill number, or keyword.|
|Education Commission of the States (ECS) – This legislative tracker has three options: search enacted and vetoed bills for the 2017, 2018, and 2019 legislative sessions; search via the ECS 2019 State Education Policy Watch List, which includes pending legislation; or view legislation from a specific year or topic by state.|
|Legiscan – This legislative tracker allows users to search by state and go more in depth. One can search Senate or House, type of legislation, or the status of the bill. This is a far more comprehensive legislative search engine and might require additional time to search.|
Your State Legislature
These links connect you to information about your state legislature that can support you engagement and advocacy with the legislature and your elected officials.
Your State Department of Education
Another key component in the implementation of the accountability structure in your state is your state’s Department of Education.
Your Key State Policymakers
Members of AACTE can download a document containing the key policymakers in their state.
State Policy & Legislation Resources
- State Policymakers Contact Lists | 30 July, 2018
- ACSR State Policy Resources | 25 July, 2016
- State Policy Tracker | 31 October, 2016
- State Policy Statements to Enhance Educator Preparation | 22 July, 2016
- State Policy Principles for Strengthening the Educator Pipeline | 17 June, 2013
- 2016 ACSR State Policy Statements – Customizable Template | 2 August, 2016
- 2016 Op-Ed Prompts | 2 August, 2016 view 1 more...
- Teaching Fellows Program Act | 30 January, 2014