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Policy Issues


Race to the Top - District Grants Favor Blended Learning Environments

School districts may be more likely to receive Race to the Top - District (RTT-D) grants if their plans include implementing blended learning environments, individualized learning plans, competency-based models, and community involvement, according to an analysis released by the American Institutes for Research.

3 States Land SIG Continuation Awards for Low-Performing Schools

The United States Department of Education has awarded three states with $5.2 million in continuation grants under the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program.

U.S. Department of Education Wants to Eliminate '2% Rule'

The United States Department of Education (ED) has proposed new regulations that would eliminate the "2 percent rule," which allows some students with disabilities to be assessed using alternate assessments aligned to modified academic achievement standards (AA-MAAS).

National Assessment Governing Board Seeks Nominees

The National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), which oversees national student assessments, is looking for nominees to fill five upcoming openings.

SETDA Names 2013–2014 Board Members

The State Educational Technology Directors Association, a national ed tech advocacy group based in Maryland, has announced its new board of directors for the coming year.

Most Americans Have Never Heard of Common Core

Almost two-thirds (62 percent) of Americans have never heard of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), according to a recent poll conducted by Phi Delta Kappa International and Gallup.

Florida's PARCC: Cold Feet in a Hot State

It appears that Florida has gotten cold feel with regard to its participation in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

Carnegie: States Mostly Mired in 'Carnegie Unit' Practices

Carnegie is questioning the value of dismantling the credit hour — a concept created from its own history. The "Carnegie unit," as it's called, has been used for the last 100-plus years as a "near-universal" metric in high school and higher education to measure a student's progress toward graduation.

States Struggling To Secure Staffing and Resources for Common Core

While 30 states have already begun implementing curricula aligned to the Common Core State Standards, many of them are struggling to provide the staffing and resources required to implement CCSS effectively, according to a new report from the Center on Education Policy at The George Washington University.

ED Issues First NCLB Waivers to California Districts

In an unprecedented move, the United States Department of Education has extended waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act directly to eight urban school districts in California.