Policy Issues

White House Announces ConnectHome Initiative to Address the Homework Gap

Initially, a pilot program will help provide high-speed Internet access, technical assistance, digital literacy programs and devices to more than 200,000 children in 27 cities and one tribal nation.

Arkansas Board of Education Votes to Drop PARCC

Governor Asa Hutchinson lauded the board's vote, saying that it had “reached a final decision that I think is best for our students and teachers over the long term. It provides stability and aligns Arkansas with a nationally recognized testing system.”

Lawmakers Tout New Legislation to Make Community College Free for Eligible Students

The soon-to-be-introduced America’s College Promise Act of 2015 would make two years of community college free for eligible students, and provide what proponents are calling an affordable pathway for low-income students to a four-year college degree.

Federal Ed Tech Leaders Update Districts on Connectivity Initiatives

In a panel discussion at the ISTE conference, the Department of Education's Richard Culatta and his colleagues touted new E-rate funding, the ConnectED and Future Ready initiatives, and a new National Educational Technology Plan.

Ohio Renounces PARCC

Ohio has become the latest state to bail out of PARCC, one of the two major state consortia focused on developing Common Core assessments. That leaves just 10 states, plus the District of Columbia, as participants.

UNC and SAS Launch a Dashboard to Monitor Teachers' Success

The University of North Carolina and business analytics firm SAS hope to boost enrollment in UNC’s Colleges of Education through improved performance tracking of teachers who graduate from the UNC system.

Education Groups Demand Vote on Federal Education Overhaul Bill

Ten major education organizations have banded together to demand a vote on legislation reauthorizing and modifying the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Report: Addressing Poverty Gap Calls for More Flexible Approaches

Figuring out how to close the "poverty" gap that keeps many low-income students from fully succeeding in school has generated numerous theories over decades. A new research paper suggests that delivering services beyond academic help in an "interdependent, deliberate way" may be the best way to achieve "breakthrough results."

How Washington Is Using OERs to Support Common Core

Karl Nelson is the director of the Digital Learning Department for the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. In this Q&A, he talks about how his state is using open educational resources to help support Common Core State Standards.

Report: Low Impact 'Distractors' Weakening Ed

Forget about longer school days; forget about performance pay; forget about smaller class sizes, teacher professional development, or — gasp! — technology as a magic potion. According to an Australian education expert, these are all distractors that have only incremental impact on student learning.