Policy Issues


Federal Online Tool to Help Financial Aid Applicants Shuts Down

The IRS and the Department of Education (ED) confirmed late Thursday that the federal government intentionally shut off an online tool used by millions of students each year to apply for federal student aid.

GPA Versus Exam Scores: What's Better in Predicting College Success?

High school GPA is a better predictor of college success than standardized exam scores among students heading directly into higher ed from high school. But among those who delay their college entry, the same isn't necessarily the case; it depends on the type of test and the subject under consideration.

Indiana Schools Superintendent Awards Technology Grants

The Indiana Department of Education has awarded grants to 32 school districts to help boost students’ use of technology in the classroom, according to the Associated Press.

Website Ranks K–12 Reading, Math Programs Under ESSA Standards

A new website launched by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Research and Reform in Education (CRRE) offers insights into K–12 reading and math programs.

New Education Think Tank Debuts, Offering Online News and Research

FutureEd, a new education policy think tank, has launched today, offering online news, analysis and research that’s independent, nonpartisan and “solution-oriented.”

Trump Signs Bills to Boost Women, Girls in STEM

President Donald Trump signed two bills Tuesday aimed at recruiting more women for STEM fields.

Report: Data Should Be Used to Drive Improvement in Schools, Not Punish Failure

"Education has not yet fully become an evidence-based sector." So declared Aimee Rogstad Guidera, the founder, president and CEO of the Data Quality Campaign, in the introduction to a report that examined how the use of data has evolved in K-12 over the last 10 years.

Latino Kindergarteners Start School 3 Months Behind in Math on Average

A recent report by research center Child Trends and its Hispanic Institute finds that Latino children’s math skills trail those of white children by three months at the start of kindergarten.

Interactive Tool Highlights State’s Personalized Learning Plans

Ahead of the first deadline in April, states have begun to release their draft plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). National organization KnowledgeWorks has launched an online, interactive resource on statewide strategies to advance personalized learning under ESSA.

Pomona Students Line Up for Sprint-Issued Hotspots and Home Internet

As part of its 1Million Project, intended to outfit a million low-income students with reliable connectivity in their homes, Sprint has begun issuing free mobile hotspot devices and wireless connectivity.

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