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Policy Issues


Many States Struggle To Link Student Test Data to Individual Teachers

Linking student test data to individual teachers is the biggest challenge of establishing data systems to improve student achievement, according to a new report from the United States Department of Education.

Report: State Education Agencies Stymied by Achievement-Based Teacher Compensation and Evaluation Systems

A Recovery Act requirement for state education agencies to support linking educator compensation and evaluation to student achievement has presented significant challenges, and fewer than 10 SEAs supported that goal by the end of the 2010-2011 school year, according to a new report from the United States Department of Education.

The Modern School: Reclaiming Creativity and the Language of Learning

Our job as educators is not creating the workforce of tomorrow, argues Science Leadership Academy Founding Principal Chris Lehman. It's creating the citizenry of tomorrow. "If we shoot for the citizenry, we will get the workforce by default." Teachers must take back the language of the classroom, reclaim their creativity and create a shared vocabulary that makes sense to the children under their care.

Corporate America Commits $750 Million for ConnectED

President Obama has wooed $750 million worth of commitments from technology companies to support his ConnectED education initiative, originally announced last summer. Among the commitments, $100 million in devices and content from Apple, $100 million in free Internet connectivity for students from AT&T and $100 million worth of digital books for schools from O'Reilly Media.

E-Rate Reform at Hand as FCC Pledges $2 Billion More for Wireless Broadband

The Federal Communications Commission has gone public with plans to "reprioritize" existing E-rate funds over the next two years in order to invest an additional $2 billion toward putting broadband and wireless networks into 15,000 schools representing 20 million students.

Lack of Staff and Expertise Hinders Common Core Implementation

The vast majority of states adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in 2010, the first year they were available, but lack of adequate staff and expertise on CCSS presented a major challenge to the implementation, according to a new report.

5 Grants Aim To Get Charter Schools, District Schools Working Together

Public charter schools and district schools in five cities have committed to working together to promote student success in their communities. These are the latest in a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded program to sign "District-Charter Collaboration Compacts."

SIIA Opens 2014 Vision K-20 Survey

The Vision K-20 survey consists of questions related to 21st century learning, differentiated instruction, mobile/online access, assessment tools, enterprise support, and demographics. It's meant to be used as a benchmarking tool for individual institutions while also compiling aggregate data for a national report to be released at a later date.

50 Top Execs Urge E-Rate Modernization To Propel Broadband in Schools

Top executives from 50 diverse companies came together today to urge the FCC to modernize the E-rate program to help bring broadband to schools in the United States.

NY Teachers: Put Common Core on Hiatus

This weekend's decision by the board of the New York State teachers union to demand that the state pull out of the upcoming Common Core tests -- at least for a while -- may start a domino effect across the country, emboldening teachers in other states to push back against the new assessments.

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