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Policy Issues


Report: 3 Ways State Education Agencies Can Strengthen Research

The Consortium for Policy Research in Education has released a new report, "State Education Agencies' Acquisition and Use of Research Knowledge in School Improvement Strategies," that examines how state education agencies look for, choose, and integrate research into strategies for improving low-performing schools.

Federal Funding Targets Technology for Students with Disabilities

A new $1.4 million federal grant will fund the establishment of a Center on Technology and Disability.

Rampant Errors Call into Question the Value of High-Stakes Testing

New research is questioning the validity of high stakes tests given by states, calling breakdowns in quality control "near commonplace," even as test results affect whether or not students are able to graduate or move to the next grade.

Broadband Comes Up Short in Most School Districts

A preliminary report from a survey of K-12 school districts has revealed that 99 percent of all districts in the United States will need broadband upgrades within the next three years.

Smarter Balanced Approves Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines

The 23 governing states of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium have unanimously approved the consortium's Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines, which outline the modes of assessment delivery for all students, particularly those with special needs.

Report: Most States Spending Less on K-12 Education

Per-pupil spending in 34 states is below pre-recession levels for the 2013-2014 school year. According to a new report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, despite some improvements in state revenues, 15 of those states have cut budgets beyond the levels they were at just last year.

Meta-Analysis: Technology-Led Education Drastically Curbs Recidivism

Education programs in prison have a massive impact on recidivism. Based on a new study, the largest to date measuring the effectiveness of prison education programs, "inmates who participated in correctional education programs had 43 percent lower odds of returning to prison than inmates who did not." The study also set out to find whether technology-led instruction among inmates could cut down on recidivism as well as teacher-led instruction. The results were positive.

Los Angeles iPad Program Leaves Keyboards off the Table

In its rush to get iPads into the hands of its 650,000 students, Los Angeles Unified School District left out one thing: external keyboards.

Uncle Sam Wants YOU To Comment on E-Rate

Want more funding for broadband? Now's your chance to let the FCC know what you need and why.

Cato Research: States Under-Report Education Spending

According to a new report from the Cato Institute, few state education departments provide financial information that's complete or timely or understandable by the public.

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