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Policy Issues


New Congressional Caucus Focuses on 21st Century Skills Education

Congress has created a new caucus for the purpose of keeping policymakers up to date on the importance of 21st century skills education as students prepare for college and their future careers.

Sequestration: A Mighty Sword

Inaction by Congress and the impending sequestration could have a devastating impact on educational technology funding.

SETDA Updates Strategic Plan, Develops 6 Priorities

Following a year-long process of reviewing the non-profit organization's initiatives, the State Educational Technology Directors Association has released a plan for 2013 to 2016 that includes a new mission statement and vision.

Florida Department of Education Proposes $441.7 Million in New Technology Funding

The Florida Department of Education has made a budget request for more than $440 million in 2013 to pay for computers, broadband connections, and other high tech equipment to ensure the state's public schools are sufficiently equipped for digital learning.

Online Common Core Test Items Released by Smarter Balanced Consortium

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium released a sizable sampling of online assessment items, giving teachers, educational leaders, and members of the public an early look at what kinds of items and tasks will appear on the high-stakes tests that are due to debut in the 2014-2015 school year.

Microsoft Pushes STEM Acceleration Funded by Immigration Revamp

In a wide-ranging push for policy change, Microsoft has taken up the call to increase the number of STEM graduates in the United States over the long haul while also calling for H-1B visa reform to fill a perceived gap of science, technology, engineering, and math talent in the short-term.

Smarter Balanced Leaders Reelected

Three members of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium executive committee have been reelected to their posts, including EC Co-Chair Joseph Martineau, executive director at the Michigan Department of Education's Bureau of Assessment and Accountability.

Connected Educator Month Brings Teachers, Others Together Online

While the Connected Educator Month event may be over, the effort to keep teachers and school leaders connected for collaboration and learning continues.

Report Recommends Shift to Digital Educational Resources Within 5 Years

"If the shift to digital instructional materials is not made immediately, major funding will continue to be directed to traditional materials that will tie the hands of students and educators to static, inflexible content for years to come," according to Douglas Levin, executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association.

SBAC Governing States Advance Development of Common Core Assessment System

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium held its second Collaboration Conference about the design and implementation of an assessment system that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards in math and English literacy.

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