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Policy Issues


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.

Smarter Balanced To Host Public Meeting About Assessment System

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium will host a conference this week about the design and implementation of its assessment system for the Common Core State Standards.

$400 Million Race to the Top District Competition Draws 893 LEAs and Consortia

Nearly 900 districts are looking to apply for the first-ever federal Race to the Top District program, according to the United States Department of Education. The program will award $400 million to individual districts and consortia for programs related to school reform, specifically in the areas of teaching and learning.

PARCC Releases Prototype Test Items for Next-Gen Assessments

One of the two consortia working on online versions of high-stakes tests has released its first set of exam item prototypes; and if these samples reflect the direction of the full array of next-generation assessments in language arts and math, students can mostly kiss the standard multiple-choice bubble question goodbye. Production versions of the new exams are scheduled to be administered for the first time in 2014-2015.

Feds Team with Education Groups for K-12 Online Community of Practice

The federal government is teaming up with a state university and an ed tech advocacy group to launch a new online community of practice (called "epic-ed") that's designed to support "all stakeholders going through digital transition within technology-enabled learning environments."

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Blended Learning Policies

In the fifth installment of their monthly column, blended learning experts Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker discuss the policies prohibiting and fostering the growth of blended learning.

Connecting the Educational Dots

With the first-ever Connected Educator Month, the DOE aims to bring teachers, districts, and educational organizations together online.

State of Vermont Joins Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Vermont has become the 17th state to join the Partnership for 21st Century Skills' Leadership State Initiative.

Lewis Takes Helm at International Society for Technology in Education

In advance of the ISTE 2012 conference taking place this week in San Diego, the International Society for Technology in Education named Brian Lewis as its next chief executive officer. Lewis's term will commence when current, long-time CEO Don Knezek steps down in September.

100 Mbps the New Minimum for 'Critical' Broadband Services in Schools

A new report is calling on the federal government "to increase funding options" for high-speed broadband, statewide networks, schools' broadband capacity, access to broadband in community centers, and aid to help low-income families have broadband access at home.

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