Policy Issues


Department of Ed Names First OER Advisor

The United States Department of Education has hired its first "open education" advisor.

New York to Shorten Common Core Assessments Again

The assessments given next spring will include fewer math multiple-choice questions and fewer passages in the reading section. This is the second time New York’s tests have been shortened since they were introduced in 2013.

How Digital Equity Can Help Close the Homework Gap

According to a CoSN survey, 82 percent of school districts don't have a plan to address students' Internet access outside of school. That needs to change.

Pennsylvania Joins Most of Nation in Getting a Year Pass on School Performance

Pennsylvania has received permission from the United States Department of Education to ignore the school performance stipulations of No Child Left Behind.

Survey: Teacher Quality, Not Testing, the Best Way to Improve Education

According to the latest education survey conducted by PDK and Gallup, 97 percent of public school parents believe that teachers offer the best hope for improving the quality of schools. Only 19 percent put first priority on using test results to make changes.

Report: States Lack Consistent Standards for Literacy Teacher Preparation

Only 18 states require elementary teacher candidates to complete specific courses in literacy education, according to a report from the International Literacy Association.

NASFAA Names Winner of Big Idea Policy Proposal Contest

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators has selected the winner of its inaugural "Big Idea" policy proposal competition.

New Mexico Teacher Eval Criteria Rejiggered for Some

Instructors in New Mexico who teach subjects with no standard testing attached to them may no longer have to worry about being evaluated based on improvements in the high-stakes test scores of students in their district.

Minnesota ED Renegotiates Pearson Contract in Face of Testing Outages

A testing provider has had to reduce the value of its contract and kick in some free services for shoddy server performance during a major assessment period in Minnesota.

Federal Student Loan Repayments for Teachers May Get Reboot

A new bipartisan bill in Congress would streamline loan repayment for teachers in high-need schools.

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