Policy Issues


iPad Deployments To Continue at Los Angeles District in Time for Testing

In spite of what has been classified as a "criminal investigation" at the Los Angeles Unified School District regarding its discontinued 1-to-1 iPad program, the district is plowing ahead with purchases of iPads to prepare its students for Smarter Balanced online assessments. At the same time the district will also be purchasing Google Chromebooks.

FBI Steps into L.A. Unified iPad Fiasco

Just three months after the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education halted its massive student iPad deployment and six weeks after John Deasy resigned as superintendent, the FBI has stepped into the mop-up. Agents hauled away 20 cartons of files pertaining to the awarding of contracts in what was to be a $1.3 billion iPad initiative.

EdX Joins ConnectED To Deliver MOOCs for Free Teacher Training and AP Prep

MOOC nonprofit edX has signed on for ConnectED, the White House's program to connect "99 percent" of America's students to broadband and high-speed wireless in schools and libraries and improve the skills of teachers through the use of technology.

How to Botch a Tech Rollout

A report on LAUSD’s launch of a new student information system offers essential lessons in what not to do.

11-State Coalition To Develop OER for K-12 Math and ELA

A coalition representing 11 state education agencies is setting out to create open educational resources to support math and English/language arts in K–12 schools.

Smarter Balanced States Approve Achievement Levels for 2015 Assessments

The recommendations, arrived at after in-person and online input from thousands of stakeholders, include achievement level scores for both math and ELA in grades 3 through 8 and high school.

10 Terms You Must Include in Contracts With Online Providers

A responsible approach to student data privacy requires careful scrutiny of the agreements that schools make with vendors.

FCC Proposes $3.9 Billion for School Technology Program

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed a massive increase to the total funds it makes available to schools and libraries for supporting technology.

Indiana Students Honored for Digital Leadership Team

Students from Madison Consolidated High School were honored recently for their work on the school's Digital Leadership Team.

Tennessee Picks a CCSS Assessment Vendor

According to a letter from Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, Tennessee’s first Common Core-aligned assessments will most likely be developed by North Carolina-based Measurement Incorporated.

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