Policy Issues


Gordon Report: New Assessments Will Need Continued Scrutiny

A two-year independent commission studying the future of education and especially the effective use of assessment to measure student learning has issued a public policy statement calling for policymakers to turn their attention on the use of assessments to providing timely information to students and teachers rather than school and teacher accountability.

Digital Inclusion 'Imperative' for American Education

Despite tough economic circumstances and sequestration, investment in education technology "can't wait," according to United States Representative George Miller, who addressed education leaders Monday at the CoSN 2013 conference in San Diego, CA. Miller has introduced legislation that would bring $750 million in funding specifically targeted toward technology in education, funding that has dried up with the end of EETT and ARRA.

Controlling Social Media: Current Policy Trends in K-12 Education

As social media becomes ubiquitous, schools and districts should shift from trying to control its use and toward teaching faculty and students how to build successful learning communities.

PARCC Releases Guidance for Common Core Assessments

PARCC--one of the two organizations tasked with developing assessments for Common Core State Standards--has released a new set of resources designed to help teachers and administrators prepare for the impending 2014 assessments.

Policy Changes Needed for Shift to Competency-Based Education Model

Schools need to move away from the current factory model based on seat-time credit requirements and toward a new competency-based learning model that supports mastery-based, student-centered, personalized learning environments, according to CompetencyWorks and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL).

State of the Union Seeks Creativity in Schools

In his annual State of the Union Address Tuesday night, President Obama touched on a number of pressing education challenges. Speaking before a joint session of Congress in Washington, D.C., Obama used his platform to promote the ideas of universal preschools, innovative high schools, and affordability of higher education.

Mursky named Director of Professional Learning for Smarter Balanced

Beginning Feb. 4, Chrystyna V. Mursky will fill the role of director of professional learning for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

Paine, Soule Take Leadership Roles at P21

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has named two new leaders. Former West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine is the organization's new president; P21 Interim Executive Director Helen Soule is now the group's executive director.

New Hampshire Schools Roll Out Competency-Based Learning Model

New Hampshire schools have retired a century old education standard, replacing it with a new performance-based learning model.

Common Core Technological Standards: They Are the Tail, Not the Dog

Up to now, test makers have been the dog--and education has been the tail. But the test makers are increasingly out of touch with students who use mobile devices for everything including learning. The dog is, finally & rightfully so, becoming the tail.

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