Policy Issues

SETDA Pushes for Equal Access to Technology, Interstate Agency Cooperation in New Strategic Plan

The State Educational Technology Directors Association has published its new strategic plan to reflect the current position of education technology as an integral component of curriculum, instruction and professional development.

The Patchwork of State Student Privacy Laws

An interview with the Center for Democracy & Technology's Michelle De Mooy

Senate Stalls On Perkins Act Update

A major revamp of the federal regulations and funding rules related to career and technical education in this country is on hold after the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions canceled a scheduled meeting.

U Michigan to Lead $5 Million Common Core Study

Researchers from the University of Michigan, Brown University and Stanford University have received a grant worth nearly $5 million from the Spencer Foundation and the William T. Grant Foundation for the first phase of a five year study on the effects of the Common Core State Standards on teaching and learning.

California Districts Tap Private Partner to Meet Data Requirements

Six California school districts have selected a platform to help them aggregate and analyze data in their efforts to implement California's Local Control and Accountability Plan.

Report: New England School Districts Embracing Competency-Based Education

Competency-based education may be reaching a tipping point in New England, where more than half of school districts are currently in the process of planning or implementing this approach to teaching and learning, according to a new report from CompetencyWorks, a project of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning.

Study: Alternatively Certified Teachers More Likely to Leave

Two education researchers have found that teachers who received their training through alternative sources were likely to leave the field at higher rates than those who were trained in traditional schools of education.

Commission Releases Policymaker’s STEM Playbook

A new report from the Education Commission of the States examines the Utah STEM Action Center’s success in researching and implementing STEM policy and offers key practices for other policymakers.

California Law Expands K–12 Computer Science Education

The governor of California signed a bill that aligns with President Obama’s Computer Science for All Initiative, initiating a three-year planning process to bring coding curricula to every grade in California’s public schools.

States Strengthen Safeguards to Protect Student Data

A new, summative analysis from the Data Quality Campaign found that student data privacy legislation in 2016 so far has focused on third-party service providers and improving safeguards for how states and districts manage student data.

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