Policy Issues

A Closer Look at Virtual Learning Models

With the recent passage of the Digital Learning Now Actin Florida, which expands virtual education options to parents and students, one trend that finally has the power to truly revolutionize the very fabric of our education system is online learning.

The Virtual School Debate

Are public school districts feeling the heat when it comes to online education? Well, the Clovis Unified School District (CA) realized that, of the 200 to 400 students it was losing each year, only half were dropping out of school, the rest were opting out—and many of them were doing so because they had found that for-profit virtual schools were doing a better job of satisfying their needs. That's one of the issues to be examined in the August issue of T.H.E. Journal.

Education Groups Support Upping Science Standards

Education organizations are rallying behind a report released Tuesday by the National Research Council that provides a foundation for the writing of a common set of expectations for K-12 students in science.

Microsoft Pledges $15 Million for 'Next-Generation Learning Models'

Microsoft and a number of other companies pledged financial support for initiatives supporting student achievement and education reform. The pledges were announced as part of a roundtable event held in Washington, DC Monday with President Obama, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and other leaders to promote business support for education initiatives.

AP Program Joins Partnership for 21st Century Skills

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program (AP) has become a national member of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), a coalition of industry and education organizations focused on integrating technology into education.

Online Community To Prepare Schools for New Assessments Coming in 2014

In an effort to help ease the transition to new technology-driven assessments planned for nationwide implementation in 2014, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has launched Assess4ed.net, a new online resource and community for state and district education leaders.

The Disruption of Blended Learning

Blended learning isn't like other technology-driven movements in education. It isn't about supporting current instructional models. In fact, just the opposite, according to researcher and education analyst Heather Staker: It's about eliminating the "monolithic, factory-based architecture of today's school system" altogether.

National Tech Plan: A Key to Education Success

The National Education Technology Plan can be a significant tool if President Barack Obama is to accomplish his goal of making sure the United States has the highest percentage of college graduates in the world by 2020.

4 Education Associations Team Up for Technology Access

Four education associations have agreed to partner with the Consortium for School Networking's (CoSN) online community, Access4Ed.net, to kick start a discussion on ways to provide access to technology in K-12 school districts.

SETDA Names 2011-2012 Directors, Officers

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has announced the new lineup for its board of directors and officers for 2011-2012 as it celebrates 10 years of existence.