Policy Issues


Newark School Reform Shows Mixed Impact

What does $200 million in school reform buy you? Improved English scores and no big change in math achievement. That's the bottom line offered in a working paper issued by the National Bureau of Economic Research, which examined an education transformation project in Newark Public Schools.

California Colleges Dumping Test Scores, Adopting GPA to Define College Readiness

Some state legislators were listening last year when a report from Education Northwest encouraged the use of grade point averages and school work in helping to determine how "college-ready" prospective students were.

U.S. Dept. of Ed Grant Priorities Push School Choice Plus STEM

The Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education is taking public comments on her proposed priorities for $700 million in discretionary grants the agency will issue annually in the coming years.

Finding Innovation under ESSA

While the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) holds the promise of helping states transform their K-12 public education, one reform organization fears that true innovation will get lost in the shuffle.

Teachers Abhor State Tests While Supporting State Standards

American teachers like math and English language arts standards, but they don't like state tests.

White House Memo on STEM Ed Followed Up by Corporate Commitments

Finally, something the current White House and its previous residents can agree on: the need to invest in STEM education. President Trump this week issued a memo to Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, encouraging her to divert $200 million from her agency's annual budget to grant programs that support "high-quality science, technology, engineering and math education."

How Should Schools Respond to Law Enforcement Requests for Student Records?

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) has released a new paper designed to help school and district personnel understand how to respond to law enforcement requests for student information.

California State Assembly Passes Resolution in Favor of Net Neutrality, E-rate

The California State Assembly has passed Assembly Joint Resolution 7, a measure pressing the federal government to support net neutrality.

Poll: Academic Achievement Less Valuable than Career Prep

Academic achievement is highly over-rated — at least to many Americans. The U.S. public would like to see their education dollars to go into programs that support career preparation and soft skills while giving a thumbs-down to vouchers and standardized testing.

6.5 Million Students Lack Adequate Access

Altogether, 74,000 schools, 2.6 million teachers and 39.2 million students now have at least the minimum connectivity to access digital learning, while 1,587 rural schools still lack adequate infrastructure to meet the requirements.

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