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Policy Issues


American Students Ahead of the Curve on PISA Problem Solving Scores

No, this isn't an April Fool's joke. There's actually good news about American education coming out of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), the triennial international assessment that ranks countries based on their students' proficiency in math, science and language arts (as measured by standardized tests).

Bandwidth for All

With more and more students using mobile devices for learning, districts are finding creative ways to provide enough bandwidth for everyone to do their work outside of school.

Conference of Mayors Urges E-Rate Reform

The leaders of the United States Conference of Mayors has sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission urging E-rate reform.

Smarter Balanced Postpones Common Core Field Test

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is pushing back the planned field test of its Common Core assessments, which had been scheduled to kick off Tuesday.

Vermont Creates Statewide Professional Learning Network for Common Core Implementation

The Vermont Agency of Education has created the Vermont Professional Learning Network to help educators throughout the state implement Common Core State Standards.

James Shelton Confirmed as Deputy Secretary of Education

James H. Shelton III has been formally confirmed as deputy secretary of education for the United States Department of Education.

States Show Improvement on Digital Learning Report Card

Digital Learning Now has released the 2013 Digital Learning Report Card, which grades K-12 education policy in each of the 50 states against the group's 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning. This year only two states, Utah and Florida, received As, while 14 states received Fs and another 13 received Ds.

Bill Aims To Curb High-Stakes Testing Mandates

A bipartisan bill that aims to cut the number of standardized tests the federal can impose on states has received approval from the nation's largest teacher's union.

CoSN Issues Guidelines for Designing Optimal Education Network

A professional association of K-12 IT leaders has defined the specifications for a district network that can keep up with current and future instructional and learning requirements.

FCC Looks To Boost Broadband Support for Schools as It Reviews E-Rate Modernization

The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comment on changes to the E-rate program that are likely to go into effect next year.

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