NASSP and its board take various positions on education issues that concern middle level and high school principals and students. A position statement reflects NASSP’s values in relation to a particular education issue and translates those values into specific recommendations for school leaders and policymakers at various levels.

View our position statements and policies to learn more about how NASSP is working to promote school improvement.

NASSP Position Statements

65% Solution
November 2006; revised 2018

A-F School Rating Systems
May 2016

Achievement Gap
November 2007

Adolescent Numeracy
November 2006; revised March 2017

Charter Schools
May 2000; revised May 2012; revised November 2017

Class Rank, GPA, and Grading
March 2010; revised July 2019

Common Core State Standards and Assessments in K-12 Education
May 2008; revised July 2013; revised 2018

Competency-Based Education
February 2016

Comprehensive Literacy Education
November 2013; revised September 2020

Corporal Punishment
May 2004; revised February 2009; revised 2018

Culturally Responsive Schools
July 2019

Digital Equity
January 2021

Drug, Alcohol and Other Substance Use Disorders
March 2019

Educator Diversity
March 2019

Ethics for School Leaders
November 1973; revised November 2013; revised 2018

Federal Funding for Formula and Competitive Grants
May 2013

Funding and Support for Secondary Education
June 2002; revised May 2009; revised 2018

General Educational Development (GED)
July 2010

High Stakes Assessments
March 2001; revised February 2015

Highly Effective Principals
November 2007; revised November 2013

Internet and Wireless Safety
November 2007; revised November 2010; revised 2018

Leadership Development for School Leaders
May 2000; revised May 2009; revised 2018

Marketing of Tobacco and Nicotine to Children and Youth
May 2001; revised February 2009; revised March 2018

Meaningful International Comparisons
February 2009; revised January 2022

Mental Health in Middle Level and High Schools
November 2008; Revised November 2014, February 2016, November 2018

Online Learning
May 2016

Opt-Out Policies for Student Participation in Standardized Assessments
February 2016

Poverty and Its Impact on Students’ Education
March 2020

Preparing All Students for Postsecondary Success
February 2009; revised March 2018

Principal Shortage
July 2002; revised March 2017

Principal Training
November 2020

Private Instructional Services
May 2001; revised July 2009; revised 2018

Private School Vouchers
July 2000; revised November 2017

Professional Compensation for Principals
May 2008; revised July 2014

Promoting Rigorous Courses for Each Student
March 2010; revised July 2019

Racial Justice and Educational Equity
January 2021

Raising the Compulsory School Attendance Age
May 2010; revised 2018

Safe Schools
February 2000; revised January 2022

School Discipline
May 2015; revised September 2021

School Ratings
July 2001; revised May 2009; revised 2018

School Resource Officers (SROs) and Law Enforcement in Schools
March 2020

School Facilities
March 2017

Student Activities
November 2002; revised May 2009; revised 2018

Student Data Privacy
February 2015; revised September 2021

Student Profiling
July 2001; revised 2018

Teacher Leadership
November 2017

Teacher Quality
July 2018

Teacher Shortage
July 2017

Teacher Supervision and Evaluation
February 2011; revised 2019

Transgender Students
July 2016

Trauma-Informed Schools
March 2020

Undocumented Students
May 2011; revised 2019

Value-Added Measures in Teacher Evaluation
February 2015; revised July 2019