Policy Issues


Lack of Affordability Still Dogs District Broadband Goals

Education IT leaders still consider affordability the main obstacle to securing "robust connectivity" for their schools, according to the latest Consortium for School Networking Infrastructure Survey.

Education Department Wants Schools to #GoOpen

Feds are looking to require that all copyrightable educational materials funded by department grants be openly licensed and free to use.

SETDA and Common Sense Deliver E-rate Help

Two non-profits are teaming up to "help finish the job" of connecting every school and library in the country to high-speed Internet access.

NAEP Test Results Show Kids Backsliding in Math and Reading

National average NAEP scores for mathematics and reading were lower in 2015 than 2013 for eighth-grade students; 22 states saw declines in results. Yet scores were still higher than the first assessments in the early 1990s at both grades 4 and 8.

As Results Trickle In, State Ed Leaders Build Case for Sticking with PARCC

Now that results are being released for last spring's Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments, state education representatives face the challenge of explaining what the bad news means to their constituents. Some states may choose to stick with their own assessments, which show better results. In other places, leaders are holding tight and educating the public about why their states need to reboot their expectations for student learning.

Duncan Twitter Chat with Educators Spotlights Future-Ready Schools

The Future Ready initiative encourages school superintendents to sign a pledge to pursue a digital learning transition for their districts that includes such elements as ample bandwidth, professional learning and support for teachers and access to "quality" computing devices and digital content for all students.

Round Rock ISD Adopts Cloud-Based Tool To Host Board Documents

The Round Rock Independent School District has adopted a new Web-based tool to host meeting documents and improve access to important information.

Department of Ed Approves State Plans for Excellent Educators

ED promised to launch a new technical assistance network to support states and districts in developing and implementing their plans.

Report: Research & Education Networks Make Sense for K-12 as Bandwidth Demands Increase

Tremendous pressure for broadband access is being placed on schools, stemming in part from educational needs, in part from the demands of online testing and in part from the motivation to provide equitable access for all students.

President Calls for Ed Tech Investment in Strategy Update

The Obama administration is renewing calls for further investment in education technology.

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