Policy Issues


Hopes and Challenges of Virtual Education: 5 Questions with Julie Young

Florida Virtual School founder Julie Young began focusing on technology initiatives as a classroom teacher and elementary school administrator, but she found her direction in 1995 when she joined a team to explore the concept of online learning.

It's Time To Trust Teachers with the Internet: A Conversation with Meg Ormiston

For Meg Ormiston, it's a wonder sometimes that teachers don't just give up. Restrictive Internet policies in schools, coupled with unresponsive IT departments and beleaguered administrators, present teachers with a nearly impossible situation: They're being pressured to incorporate 21st century teaching and learning into their classrooms, but they're not being allowed to use the tools they need to do that.

Math, Reading See Small Gains in Latest 12th Grade NAEP Results

Every ethnic and gender group saw statistically significant gains in math in the 2009 national exam. In reading, the results were mixed--with some groups statistically flat and others making gains--though overall scale scores improved from 2005, and no groups declined.

Brief: NAGB Board Members Named

Six members have been named to the National Assessment Governing Board, the organization that oversees and sets policies for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Social Networking: The Essential Balancing Act in Schools

School administrators are a cautious group. But the pressure to adopt social networking in school settings is on, and it's forcing them to consider how to implement these potentially valuable educational tools with the privacy and "safety" needs of their underage constituents in mind. Christopher Wells, director of IT policies and communications for Gwinnett County Public Schools, looks at ways administrators can protect their students while continuing to move forward with technology. He also supplies six concrete tips for crafting an Internet policy.

National Ed Tech Plan Puts Technology at the Heart of Education Reform

United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today released the final version of the Obama administration's National Educational Technology Plan (NETP), a federal policy statement that puts technology at the heart of proposed changes to the way education is delivered in this country.

Use It or Lose It: What To Do with Your Wireless Spectrum

Your unused wireless spectrum is in jeopardy of being repossessed next spring. Leasing it is your best option.

President Obama To Sign Executive Order on Hispanic Education

President Obama will sign an executive order Tuesday focused on improving educational outcomes for Hispanic students. Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke with reporters via phone conference Monday afternoon about the initiative.

Report: K-12's Role in Stepping Up Degree Attainment

A new report warned that the United States is slipping on post-secondary degree completion compared with other nations, falling to fourth overall among adults and 10th among young adults. We will ignore the underling causes of this trend "at our peril," the report's authors said. But what can K-12 institutions do to address the problem and help reverse the trend?

A Pathway to Paperless: The Promise of Print Management Software

They’re not there yet, but print management software has helped administrators make deep cuts in faculty and student paper use, trimming costs while protecting the environment.

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