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Policy Issues


UK Puts Programming Front and Center in Revamped Computing Curriculum

While the United States has been treading through its Common Core revamp of English/language arts and math curriculum, the United Kingdom has been revamping its curriculum too. That update includes a revision of technology-related studies to put a stronger emphasis on "high level technical skills," including giving teachers more say in what and how to teach and pushing for programming lessons at a young age.

ConnectED, Take 2: A Lesson in How Politics Works in Washington, DC

In our last blog posting we praised Obama for his vision and leadership in establishing the ConnectED program -- and we excoriated him for not providing new funding to ensure the enactment of the ConnectED program. Ooops! Read on and learn how politics works in Washington -- and how Obama plans, in fact, to add new funding to the ConnectED program!

PARCC Releases Info About Non Summative Assessment Components

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) has released information about the non-summative components of its assessment system. These tools and resources are intended to help students master the skills and knowledge required by the Common Core State Standards.

Organizations Urge FCC To Take Action on ConnectED Initiative

More than 50 national organizations representing a wide range of educational interest groups have submitted a joint letter encouraging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take "swift action" to implement President Obama's ConnectED initiative.

Funds for Learning Proposes E-Rate 2.0

E-rate consultancy Funds for Learning has begun a campaign to encourage the Federal Communications Commission to update its program for placing Internet access into schools and libraries.

PARCC Gives Update for Common Core Online Assessment Field Testing

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) has provided new details regarding its field testing plans.

Oklahoma Joins Partnership for 21st Century Skills

The state of Oklahoma has joined with 18 other states to become the latest member of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills' State Leadership Initiative.

Open Educational Resources: iNACOL Outlines Policy Recommendations

"Today’s textbooks are obsolete and the acquisition process is broken," according to a new report from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), but as schools work toward implementing Common Core State Standards, open educational resources (OER) can help them provide students with customized content much faster and more cost effectively than the traditional textbook acquisition model.

ConnectED: Great Idea, Lousy Implementation

The Whitehouse announced the ConnectED initiative June 6 with the goal of connecting 99 percent of America's schools in five years and providing teacher training. But, no new money was allocated to realize those lofty goals. Who is the Whitehouse trying to fool?

President Obama Reveals Initiative To Connect 99 Percent of Students to High-Speed Broadband Within 5 Years

President Barack Obama has announced the ConnectED initiative to build high-speed digital connections to the country's schools and libraries. The initiative aims to connect 99 percent of students to high-speed Internet within five years.

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