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Policy Issues


Obama Proposes Student Digital Privacy Act

Modeled on California’s Student Online Personal Information Protection Act, the federal legislation would prevent companies from selling student data to third parties for purposes unrelated to education and from engaging in targeted advertising to students based on data collected in school.

NCLB: Groups Urge Curtailing of Standardized Tests; Duncan Unmoved

Even as U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is pushing to replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB), he's standing against calls to curtail standardized testing in this country. Duncan made his remarks at Seaton Elementary School in Washington, D.C. during a speech on the 50th anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

SETDA Launches Online Guide To Make Most of Digital Learning

As schools pursue new forms of digital learning, educators need to consider a broad range of issues related to the use of technology that affect their technology decisions. To help districts better plan, the State Educational Technology Directors Association has released a free online resource that lays out the factors worth considering as they undertake new initiatives, such as 1-to-1 programs or online assessments.

Distance Learning is Revolutionizing Education, but There Is More To Be Done

Distance learning can only continue to revolutionize education in the United States if we can continue to innovate and invest in new technologies and services without unnecessary regulatory burdens.

States Need To Rejigger Policies for Competency Ed To Flourish

If states are serious about implementing competency-based education in the hope that it will prepare students for college and career, policy makers had better be ready to update their rules and regulations, according to a new report by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning.

Walking the Student Data Tightrope

"In addition to the purely legal issue, [student data privacy is] really something that school districts should look at from a PR and political perspective and to engage the right people throughout the process," according to attorney Bret Cohen.

White House, NGOs Pony Up $1.1 Billion on Early Childhood Education Push

Just days after turning its attention to keeping students in college, the White House today announced actions to help the youngest citizens with their education opportunities. As with its other education initiatives, this one calls for federal action along with support from corporations and foundations.

Want Competency Ed? Change Teacher Policies First

Districts and schools that want to implement a competency-based learning environment would do well first to focus on educators' skills as well as the policies that could hold them back from success. So asserts a new paper from school improvement nonprofit KnowledgeWorks and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning.

White House Urges Colleges, Ed Tech Companies To Help Graduate More Students

The use of technology-enabled approaches in education is receiving attention today as the White House hosts its second "College Opportunity Day of Action."

iPad Deployments To Continue at Los Angeles District in Time for Testing

In spite of what has been classified as a "criminal investigation" at the Los Angeles Unified School District regarding its discontinued 1-to-1 iPad program, the district is plowing ahead with purchases of iPads to prepare its students for Smarter Balanced online assessments. At the same time the district will also be purchasing Google Chromebooks.

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