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School Agencies and Districts Do Crummy Job of Protecting Website Visitor Security and Privacy

A new study has found that most education websites — whether state or local — do a horrible job of protecting users' security and privacy.

Report: NAEP Setting Bar Too High

According to a new report, when results from "The Nation's Report Card" proficiency assessments are compared to results from two international assessments and the Common Core, the proficiency benchmarks of the National Assessment of Educational Progress would knock out students in almost every country.

Yes, Charters Do Hurt Public School Funding

As a result of the findings of a new study, researchers encouraged states to "ease the fiscal burden on public school districts," possibly by providing "transitional aid" to reduce the revenue losses to public school districts as charters expand.

FERPA Finding Reminds Schools to Review Terms of Service

Do parents have to relinquish their students' rights under FERPA when the school signs an agreement with a company whose terms of use don't comply with FERPA?

Learning Reform Is a State Issue Now

In a nod to the power that state-level people now wield for pushing education reform, an education reform advocate has issued a report to guide them on how to achieve broad-scale personalized and competency-based learning.

Free Toolkit Promises Better Shift for Students from Head Start into Kindergarten

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, school districts that take federal funding are supposed to develop written agreements with Head Start and other early childhood providers to improve coordination.

New Mexico Won't Renew Largest Virtual School Charter

New Mexico won't be renewing the charter for its largest online charter school due to "lagging academic performance," which could lead to its shuttering.

Report: Certain Student Behaviors Tip Balance to More Positive School Culture

A healthy school culture has been linked to a decrease in absenteeism and improvements in teacher commitment, motivation to learn, student identity development and other education values.

Brief: Here's How State Accountability Systems Can Cover Personalized Learning

With the latest round of feedback from the U.S. Department of Education to states that have submitted their ESSA education plans during the second round, new approaches for accountability are sprouting out all over the country, but perhaps without sufficient innovation.

State School Report Cards Offer Timelier Data But Still Have Room to Improve

While a few states do a good job of creating "report cards" that help people understand school performance, most states "still need improvements to be accessible, meaningful and useful to audiences outside of education policy." That's the assessment given by the Data Quality Campaign after a months-long review.

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