Policy Issues


Report: States Need to Improve High School Accountability Systems

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has created an opportunity for states to overhaul their high school accountability systems, but most are not taking advantage of that opportunity, according to a new report from Fordham Institute.

Race to the Top Funding Impact on Student Outcomes 'Not Clear'

While RTT funding did introduce more use of the policies promoted by the multi-billion-dollar program, the impact of those changes on student achievement is "unclear," according to new research.

What Will a Trump Presidency Mean for K–12 and Ed Tech?

Disturbingly little is known with any certainty about President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s plans for education. Even credible speculation is difficult, given that Trump is far from a traditional Republican and that his statements on a range of issues have proved somewhat inconsistent over the last year or so. But one thing is certain for a Trump presidency backed by a Republican-dominated Congress: Education policy is going to move in a new direction.

Delaware to Build OER Repository

The Delaware Department of Education recently joined the #GoOpen campaign, a national movement to use high-quality, openly licensed educational resources in schools.

California DOJ Warns Ed Tech Companies to Only Collect Necessary Student Data

California Attorney General Kamala Harris, with help from the Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit, released a new report that advises ed tech companies operating in California to abide by the state's privacy laws and be cautious with data mining.

School Climate Sways Teacher Effectiveness and Turnover

A research team from Brown University and Harvard examined the impact on teacher turnover and student achievement of changes in school climate.

New Report Advises States on How to Support Personalized Learning

A non-profit that promotes competency-based and blended and online learning in K-12 has begun turning its attention to states, where the coming era in education transformation is expected to play out.

Coalition Launches Campaign Aimed at State Lawmakers to Promote K–12 Digital Citizenship

A national coalition of groups oriented toward children and media launched a new campaign Friday to encourage state lawmakers to promote digital citizenship in schools.

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.

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