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  • Common Core Qualities Live on in State Replacements

    While the Common Core State Standards may have suffered the ignominy of being tossed out by nearly half of the states that originally adopted them, a review of replacement learning standards has established that in most places Common Core characteristics have remained in place.

  • Motivation a Major Factor in U.S. Student Test Performance

    A new report finds that bribery substantially boosts U.S. student performance on standardized tests, leading researchers to conclude that lack of motivation, not just lack of ability, has contributed to the United States' middling standings in international rankings based on standardized test scores.

  • Teachers Abhor State Tests While Supporting State Standards

    American teachers like math and English language arts standards, but they don't like state tests.

Policy Update

  • The Problems with FERPA and COPPA in 21st Century Learning

    Both of these pieces of legislation address children and their personal information. But it has taken until this year for the FTC and the Department of Education to get together in a public forum to discuss how these regulations intersect and whether they need to be updated.

  • Partnerships Help Milwaukee Schools Address ESSA

    Partnerships with national service programs such as AmeriCorps are at the heart of success for Milwaukee Public Schools. Such collaborations can help districts implement plans for evidence-based school improvement under the Every Student Succeeds Act. ESSA requires evidence-based interventions to improve low-performing schools — those that fail to graduate a third or more of their students.

  • Long-Term Broadband Goals Still on Far Horizon for Most Districts

    Funding continues to be the biggest barrier for districts in their efforts to increase connectivity, in particular monthly recurring costs.

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