Policy Issues


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.

Northwest Evaluation Association Selected To Deliver 2016 OECD Test for Schools

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has selected the Northwest Evaluation Association to deliver the 2016 OECD Test for Schools in the United States and serve as the international assessment platform provider for the rest of the world beginning in the fall of 2016.

Research: Teacher Evaluation Regs Still Need Rebooting

A non-partisan research and policy organization has found that while most states require the inclusion of student growth and achievement to be factored into teacher and principal job evaluations, figuring out how to implement that is a challenge.

Teacher Prep Gets Major Funding from Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed grants of $34.7 million over three years to help set up five teacher preparation transformation centers around the country that will bring together people from universities, teacher-preparation providers and K-12 school systems to share data, knowledge and best practices.

4 Steps to Providing More Access in Schools

A frequent conflict that educators have with their IT departments is over access to content for students — content that's often being blocked at the behest of administrators and parents. And many IT directors are becoming less interested in being stuck in the middle.

Time Warner Partners with i-Safe Ventures on CIPA Compliance

Time Warner Cable Business Class has partnered with i-SAFE Ventures with the goal of making it easier for E-Rate schools to comply with the Children's Internet Protection Act.

iNACOL Publishes Federal and State Policy Frameworks To Launch Annual Symposium

An organization that focuses on "student-centered learning" has issued two briefing papers to advise federal and state policymakers on areas of regulation that it believes are holding back personalized learning in K-12.

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