Policy Issues


Department of Education Approves Last ESSA State Plan

The United States Department of Education's approval of Florida's ESSA plan brings all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico into compliance with the country's most comprehensive education law.

States: Improvements Needed to Guide ESSA Plans

School leadership in Delaware, Nebraska and South Carolina are already seeing some of the benefits of the Every Student Succeeds Act, but there are still challenges that many schools face.

Suspending Elementary School Students Linked to Future Behavioral Problems

When students are suspended in kindergarten and first grade, a new study finds, it can lead more suspensions in later grades and less time spent on early learning experiences.

FBI Issues Warning on Educational Technology

As the use of educational tools continues to grow, the FBI is warning the public to be aware of the risks of data collection and unsecured systems.

Most States Pay Too Little Attention to Educator Readiness to Teach Reading

A new brief from the National Council on Teacher Quality found that a large majority of states haven't taken steps to make sure their teachers have sufficient knowledge to teach reading. According to the organization, just 11 states require licensing tests for both elementary and special education teachers to measure their knowledge of reading instruction.

Equity Problems with Technology Persist Despite Adoption Gains

More teachers are requiring students to use assigned devices in their classrooms, but a new report finds inconsistencies with technology adoption in class and at home.

Finding What Works in Educational Innovation

Researchers have identified four conditions that motivate teachers to move forward with technology-driven changes to instructional practices. Top-down coercion isn't one of them.

ESSA Plans Give Preview of Promises for State Ed Data Usage

A study of every state's Every Student Succeeds Act plan found that "while approaches to student success vary, the commitment to data use is clear." The study outlined three "major ways" states are "deploying data to meet their education goals."

Measuring Academic and Nonacademic Skills Equally Important

A new report commissioned by NWEA revealed that parents, teachers and school leaders agree about the importance of measuring students' soft skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork and view them as equally important as academic skills. However, which skills to teach and who should have the primary role in doing so is an area where the roles disagreed.

Data Linkages Offers Alternative to Free Lunch Designation for At-Risk Students

According to Matthew Chingos, director of Urban Institute's Education Policy Program, a handful of states are using new methods of data analysis for identifying economically disadvantaged students as an alternative to the long-used free or reduced-price lunch (FRL) measure.

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