Policy Issues


Report: Colleges Behind in Development Ed Practices

Schools relying on placement tests to determine whether students need developmental classes in order to be college-ready could be doing their students a disservice that lasts a lifetime.

Report: Small Subgroup of Parents Opt Students out of Standardized Tests, Majority Support Them

In the 2014-15 school year, a small but distinct group of parents opted out of standardized testing for their children. However, the majority of the general public opposes opting children out, according to a new report from Educational Testing Service.

Report: Where's the 'Computer Science' in STEM?

According to the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, a non-profit science and technology think tank, while there's a certain "groundswell of interest" in CS in the United States, it's still not enough to address the high demand for skilled workers among employers.

California DOE Pushes Forward on ESSA-Based Improvement System

California is working through the impact of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which places responsibility for figuring out how to evaluate schools and districts on the states themselves. Recently, a Department of Education task force handed in its recommendations for building an accountability and continuous improvement system that emphasizes three themes: performance, equity and, most prominently, improvement.

New Report Offers State Policy Examples for Personalized Learning

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning has issued a new report that provides policymakers with examples to guide their efforts in advancing personalized learning environments.

Alaska ED Adopts Stakeholder Intelligence System

The Alaska Department of Education has implemented a cloud-based stakeholder intelligence system to help gather insight into the opinions and priorities of a large number of stakeholders across the state's vast geography, 54 school districts and culturally diverse population.

Pennsylvania ED Creates Superintendent's Academy

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has launched its Superintendent's Academy, a new professional development program designed for district leaders from around the state.

Seal of Privacy: Building a 'Trusted Learning Environment'

While the e-learning shift in education holds the promise to accelerate student success, school system leaders are faced with increased responsibility. Chief among those challenges: managing student data and security — and doing so with limited time and resources.

Parents, Teachers, Students Split on Overtesting

Parents, students and teachers have radically different views on the value of time spent on tests. According to a new poll conducted by Gallup on behalf of the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), while 83 percent of teachers surveyed said they think students spend too much time on tests, 75 percent of students and 52 percent of parents said they think students spend the right amount of time or not enough time on them.

Final Round of i3 Development Grants Seeks Alternatives to Exclusionary Discipline

The United States Department of Education (ED) has opened the application period for the seventh round of Investing in Innovation (i3) “Development” grants. This will be the last opportunity schools will have to tap into this part of the competitive grant program, which offers up to $3 million for each accepted proposal.

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