Policy Issues

2015 National Speak Up Survey Opens

Education nonprofit Project Tomorrow has kicked off Speak Up 2015, the latest in the organization's series of annual surveys focused on technology-enhanced teaching, learning and administration.

Managing Student Identities in the Digital Era

Technologies like single sign-on are convenient, but do they compromise the security and privacy of students' data?

Researchers Get Big Grant To Study School Vouchers and More

A three-year, million-dollar research project in Indiana will examine the impact of that state's decision to fund public, private and charter educational options for its K-12 students

Report: Teacher-Controlled Video Observations Improve Teacher Assessment Process

Teachers who participated in a year-long study comparing video-recorded and in-person classroom observations found the video observation process fairer and more useful overall than in-person observations, according to a new report from the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University.

Arne Duncan Resigning as Secretary of Education

Arne Duncan will be stepping down in December, according to reports. The Secretary of Education told staff that he would be returning to Chicago, but he was unsure what he would do next.

Performance Bonuses for Teachers Can Perk Up Student Outcomes

Paying performance bonuses to teachers works — at least a little bit. However, figuring out who really deserves bonuses within the school or district is challenging. Those are two early findings from a project examining the impact of pay-for-performance among educators.

Collaborative To Plot Pathways for Women of Color in STEM

A consortium of 10 colleges and universities and nine non-profits is taking on the challenge of getting more women and girls of color involved in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Department of Ed Names First OER Advisor

The United States Department of Education has hired its first "open education" advisor.

New York to Shorten Common Core Assessments Again

The assessments given next spring will include fewer math multiple-choice questions and fewer passages in the reading section. This is the second time New York’s tests have been shortened since they were introduced in 2013.

How Digital Equity Can Help Close the Homework Gap

According to a CoSN survey, 82 percent of school districts don't have a plan to address students' Internet access outside of school. That needs to change.