Policy Issues


The Learning Accelerator Partners With Colorado To Promote Student-Centered Learning

The Learning Accelerator, the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) are launching a project to make student-centered learning available to every child in the state.

Report: California Voters Back Common Core

A majority of voters, 67 percent, polled in California support the Common Core State Standards, according to a new poll from Children Now. Respondents also showed greater support for many provisions of the standards when asked directly about them without mentioning the Common Core.

Ed Advocates Chime in Hot and Cold on No Child Left Behind Rewrite

As the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) began markup of the Every Child Achieves Act today, education advocacy groups are making their thoughts on the proposed legislation known.

Report: Use of Cloud-Based Services Places Kids in Range of Tracking and Ads

Legislators and district leaders are the last bastion for protecting students from the third parties that want to profit from access to information about them collected through schools, according to a new report on "student commercialism" funded in part by the Consumers Union.

ED Debuts Tech Developer's Guide

The United States Department of Education has released its first guide for developers, startups and entrepreneurs.

NCLB Draft Rewrite Reduces Stakes of Standardized Testing, Brings Major Changes to Federal Ed Policy

The proposed law would require states to create their own accountability systems and bar the federal government from incentivizing states to adopt specific standards, such as the Common Core State Standards.

NEA Campaign Aims To Shift ESEA Away from 'Testing, Labeling and Punishing Schools'

A new multi-pronged campaign from the National Education Association will try to shift the focus of federal education policy away from high-stakes testing and back toward students, with a special emphasis on "children living in poverty, students with disabilities and English-language learners."

Will Pearson's Social Media Monitoring Damage Common Core Adoption?

The recent revelation that Pearson has been monitoring social media to find students sharing Common Core assessment items has set off a firestorm, but will it disrupt the adoption of Common Core State Standards and assessments? Is monitoring social media an invasion of student privacy, or just a means of protecting intellectual property? THE Journal talked to some education policy experts to find out.

FCC Seeks Comment on What 'Emergency' Means for School Mass Notifications

Can schools and colleges consider every mass notification they send out an "emergency?" That's the question at the heart of a request filed with the Federal Communications Commission by Blackboard.

Finland Ditching Single Subjects in New Ed Reform Push

Perennial PISA darling Finland is taking a new approach to education by eliminating individual subjects like math and language and instead integrating them into broader contexts.

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