Policy Issues


States Slow to Revamp Accountability Systems under ESSA

On the bright side, researchers noted in a new report, there's a move away from high-stakes consequences and toward formative rather than summative assessments.

Student Data Brokers: Shady Practices Put Private Student Data on the Open Market

The market for student data may be fed by unwitting students, who turn over sensitive information that they believe they must provide in order to learn about educational opportunities and scholarships.

Working with English Learner Data: A Primer

As school officials put more emphasis on community outreach as part of making the results of educational efforts more accessible, they need to know that the receiving public has some understanding about the data being shared.

How the Use of School Vouchers Has Destroyed Chile's Public Education System

To understand the impact of making school vouchers and school privatization the law of the land, we can look to the example set by Chile. A new report co-authored by education researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, in Santiago, examined that country's universal-voucher experience. The bottom line: Chile's voucher policy not only failed to meet its objectives, but it "also elicited several harmful outcomes for middle-class families, disadvantaged students and the teaching profession."

Sessions Defends President to School Resource Officers

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not backing down -- at least not in front of the police officers in charge of protecting schools across the nation.

Feds Tackle Student Privacy for Pre-Test Surveys in SAT and ACT

Teachers and students are often confused about the "voluntary nature" of pre-tests, in which the questions require responses, including those queries that a student may not wish to answer. Therein lies the problem. Because the data generated in those surveys is part of school-required activities, it falls under the purview of multiple laws that protect the privacy of student data.

New Playbook Profiles D.C.'s Messy Journey to Education Reform

While the public schools in the District of Columbia have generated ample headlines for outright malfeasance and publicly displayed poor judgment, it has also been held up as a "national model for education reformers," as the Washington Post once expressed it. Now an education think tank has issued a report about District of Columbia Public Schools to profile its work and to draw important lessons for both educators and policymakers.

Report: Do Low School Accountability Grades Drive Teachers Away?

A new working paper from NBER asks, does holding schools accountable for student performance cause good teachers to leave low-performing schools? The answer....

Most Ed Tech Fails at Data and Privacy Policy Practices

A three-year assessment of the most-used applications and services for education found a "widespread lack of transparency" and inconsistency among their privacy and security practices.

Another Year of Grad Growth but States Need to Stay Focused

While the high school graduation rate continues to increase, the rate of gain is too slow to meet the 90 percent national diploma-completion goal by 2020, according to a group of organizations promoting the effort.

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