Policy Issues


Report: State Report Cards Need Improvement

States are failing to provide teachers, parents and the general public with easily understandable and accessible reports on school performance, according to a new report from the Data Quality Campaign.

New Report Explains Student Privacy under SOPIPA and Similar Regs

SOPIPA was to put in place to stipulate how student information could be used by education technology companies that are serving the education market. The laws apply to companies that run websites, online services, online applications and mobile applications designed for and marketed to K-12 customers.

Drilldown: Final ESSA Accountability Rules

Overall, ESSA hands control over how to define a high-quality, well rounded education to the states and local education agencies (LEAs) while retaining much federal oversight for matters of equity — which is where, some observers suggest, the naming of Betsy DeVos as education secretary could cloud the outcome.

Report: More Equity Needed in K–12 Education

A new research project from Scholastic finds that the overwhelming majority of educators (97 percent) agree that “equity in education for all children should be a national priority.” The Teacher & Principal School Report, released Thursday, surveyed more than 4,700 public school pre-K–12 teachers and principals representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Online Tool Measures State, District Progress on Every Student Succeeds Act

A new online tool aims to make it easier for state and district leaders to set learning goals and measure progress under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Report: States Need to Improve High School Accountability Systems

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has created an opportunity for states to overhaul their high school accountability systems, but most are not taking advantage of that opportunity, according to a new report from Fordham Institute.

Race to the Top Funding Impact on Student Outcomes 'Not Clear'

While RTT funding did introduce more use of the policies promoted by the multi-billion-dollar program, the impact of those changes on student achievement is "unclear," according to new research.

What Will a Trump Presidency Mean for K–12 and Ed Tech?

Disturbingly little is known with any certainty about President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s plans for education. Even credible speculation is difficult, given that Trump is far from a traditional Republican and that his statements on a range of issues have proved somewhat inconsistent over the last year or so. But one thing is certain for a Trump presidency backed by a Republican-dominated Congress: Education policy is going to move in a new direction.

Delaware to Build OER Repository

The Delaware Department of Education recently joined the #GoOpen campaign, a national movement to use high-quality, openly licensed educational resources in schools.

California DOJ Warns Ed Tech Companies to Only Collect Necessary Student Data

California Attorney General Kamala Harris, with help from the Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit, released a new report that advises ed tech companies operating in California to abide by the state's privacy laws and be cautious with data mining.

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