Policy Issues


Proposed Wisconsin Legislation May Expand Charter Schools, Reduce Teacher Licensing Requirements

Two last-minute additions to a bill in the Wisconsin state legislature that would reduce funding to universities would also have significant impact on K-12 education.

Ed Tech Must Embrace Stronger Student Privacy Laws

Our legal expert explains why districts (and vendors) would benefit from more robust protection of educational data.

'Honesty Gap' Misleads Parents and Educators on Student Proficiency

According to a new report from education organization Achieve, disparities in student proficiency between state tests for English language arts (ELA) and math and the ones issued by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) can vary widely — by as much as 60 percentage points.

PARCC States To Shorten Tests

PARCC's governing board recently voted to consolidate the two testing windows into one and to reduce the total amount of testing time by about 90 minutes.

UNESCO Report Proposes Global Measures for Monitoring Ed Progress

UNESCO, the United Nations organization focused on education, science and culture, has released a proposed set of indicators to monitor education progress globally.

Charter Organizations Developing Their Own Teacher Training Programs

A new report from a research organization focused on disruptive innovations has examined how charter management organizations (CMOs) in K-12 have created their own teacher education and certification programs to help create the kinds of teachers they want to hire for their schools. Their reasoning: "Teachers who graduate from most traditional teacher education programs lack the skills needed to teach successfully."

Procurement Power

When the FBI hauled away files related to Los Angeles Unified's massive purchase of iPads and curriculum, it highlighted potential failures in the procurement practices districts have abided by for decades. Are there any lessons there for the rest of us?

Report: Policy Makers Can Reconcile Tensions Between Personalized Learning, Accountability Systems

Bellwether Education Partners has released a report aimed at helping policy makers understand the tensions between personalized learning and school accountability and draw a balance between the sometimes competing interests of the two.

Report: Grad Rates Inch Closer to 2020 Goal

Ninety percent by 2020. That's the high school graduation goal that a consortium of education organizations is pursuing. For 2013, the rate hit a high of 81.4 percent, up from 80 percent in 2012, which the organizers of "Grad Nation" consider on-target.

iNACOL Launches Free K-12 Policy Webinar

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning will host a webinar May 13 focused on policy changes, such as the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, in K-12 education.

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