Policy Issues


Report: New England School Districts Embracing Competency-Based Education

Competency-based education may be reaching a tipping point in New England, where more than half of school districts are currently in the process of planning or implementing this approach to teaching and learning, according to a new report from CompetencyWorks, a project of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning.

Commission Releases Policymaker’s STEM Playbook

A new report from the Education Commission of the States examines the Utah STEM Action Center’s success in researching and implementing STEM policy and offers key practices for other policymakers.

Study: Alternatively Certified Teachers More Likely to Leave

Two education researchers have found that teachers who received their training through alternative sources were likely to leave the field at higher rates than those who were trained in traditional schools of education.

California Law Expands K–12 Computer Science Education

The governor of California signed a bill that aligns with President Obama’s Computer Science for All Initiative, initiating a three-year planning process to bring coding curricula to every grade in California’s public schools.

States Strengthen Safeguards to Protect Student Data

A new, summative analysis from the Data Quality Campaign found that student data privacy legislation in 2016 so far has focused on third-party service providers and improving safeguards for how states and districts manage student data.

Wyoming State Board of Education Approves New Science Standards

For the first time in 13 years, Wyoming has proposed new science standards for K–12 public schools. The standards are modeled after Next Generation Science Standards, with input from the National Science Teachers Association and public stakeholders.

Data Can Help Schools Confront 'Chronic Absence'

A new report from Attendance Works and the Everyone Graduates Center encourages schools and districts to use their own data to pinpoint ways to take on the challenge of chronic absenteeism.

Wyoming Department of Education Introduces Digital Learning Initiative

The Wyoming Department of Education is the newest state to join Future Ready Schools, a national movement that provides district leadership with research-based digital learning and planning materials.

E-rate Update Helps Improve Internet Access at Schools, But Not Enough

The biggest allotment of E-rate requests in applications for fiscal year 2016 was dedicated to data and internet service. More than $2.3 billion focused on that type of funding help.

Clinton Campaign Launches College Cost Calculator

Hillary Clinton’s campaign released an online tool that calculates the cost of college under the presidential candidate’s higher education plans.

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