Policy Issues


Student Curiosity Offered as Key Spice in Latest Reform Recipe

Educators have taken on standards, accountability plans and any number of reform measures in an effort to improve learning outcomes. Could the answer be as simple as sparking curiosity in students? That's the proposal offered in a whitepaper recently issued by McRel International, a nonprofit organization that works with school systems to improve student learning.

New York State Issues Recommendations To Support Blended and Online Learning

Online and blended learning programs can increase course options for students in rural areas and have the potential to transform face-to-face instruction, as long as state-level supports are in place, including professional development opportunities for teachers and related training for pre-service teachers, according to a new report from the New York State Online Learning Advisory Council.

ED's Top Tech Director Steps Down To Head Home

Where do you go after you leave a high-profile position in the Obama administration? Back home. That's where United States Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan headed at the end of the year when he returned to Chicago. And now, so is Richard Culatta, who is stepping down as director of the Office of Educational Technology within the same federal agency.

New UNESCO Database Tracks Student Assessments Around the World

The UNESCO Institute for Statistics has developed a public learning assessments database and a catalog of learning assessments to provide policymakers and education leaders with specific kinds of information about how different countries measure learning, what data they gather through assessments and how they use the data.

Report Examines School Internet Connectivity State by State

An organization that monitors Internet connectivity to schools has reported that while 20 million additional students have been given access to high-speed Internet, a comparably high number "still don't have the speeds they need."

ESSA Signing a 'Christmas Miracle' for States

President Obama's signature has made it official: No Child Left Behind has been replaced with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as the country's national education law.

State Policies on Teacher Effectiveness Show Incremental Improvements

If states were students, they'd barely be passing their classes on teacher policies, according to a new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality.

iKeepSafe Intros California Student Privacy Product Assessment Program

A national non-profit working on online student safety has taken upon itself the work of creating a set of digital badges to identify education technology products that adhere to privacy laws.

Blended Learning, Professional Development Make Gains in ESEA Overhaul

In a shift away from policies enacted with NCLB, Congress' latest rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act puts some distance between the federal government and local schools. It also creates $1.65 billion in "enrichment" grants for tech-related education programs, including blended learning, STEM education and teacher professional development.

EFF Complaint Charges Google with Collecting Student Data Despite Privacy Pledge

In the FTC complaint, the Electronic Frontier Foundation accused the search company of violating the terms of the Student Privacy Pledge, which it signed alongside 204 other companies.

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