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Policy Issues


Data Quality Campaign Releases Policy Brief on Student Data Collection

'Student Data Collection, Access, and Storage: Separating Fact from Fiction' is designed to clear up misconceptions and offer guidance to educational leaders.

New Report Briefs States on Filling School Course Gaps

Many K-12 students can't take the classes that will help them prepare for college because their schools don't offer those courses. According to a new report from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, one solution to the gaps lies in setting up a "course access" program.

$121 Million in Federal Grants Bolster Programs for Individuals with Disabilities

The federal government is awarding $121 million in grants with the aim of improving academic and career outcomes for those with disabilities

Federal Grants Target Leadership in 'Low-Performing' Schools

The United States federal government is making a push to train, place and retain competent leaders in an effort to turn around some of the country's lowest-performing schools.

Feds: Inequalities in Ed Tech Resources 'Potentially Unlawful Discrimination'

The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidance to education leaders calling attention to disparities in educational resources along ethnic and economic lines and characterizing such disparities as "potentially ... unlawful discrimination." The list of those disparities explicitly included quantity and quality of technology resources.

California Enacts Landmark Law Protecting the Privacy of Student Data

The Student Online Personal Information Protection Act prevents companies from selling student data, limits disclosure of students’ personal information, and ends targeted advertising on K-12 websites, services and applications.

Starting a Project-Based School

For his first year as principal of a fourth- and fifth-grade campus, Todd Nesloney hired a completely new staff and adopted an entirely project-based learning approach.

Pennsylvania Pilots School Flex Days

The state of Pennsylvania is making a foray into a new program that will allow schools to offer "flexible instructional days," in which students won't have to attend school in person in order for the work to count towards instructional days.

Education Performance Standards Vary Among States by as Much as Four Grade Levels

According to a new study by the American Institutes for Research, the states reporting the highest percentage of proficient students have the lowest performance standards.

Circumventing Institutional Barriers to Blended Learning

A new report examines barriers to the implementation of blended learning and solutions districts have found to work around them.

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