Policy Issues


State Pumps $10.2 Million into Alternative Teacher Comp Plans

The initiative was kicked off last year when state lawmakers passed an accountability pilot program that referenced funding of programs "linking teacher performance and professional growth to salary increases."

Guidelines to Help Prove Learning Impact in the ESSA Era

The education arm of the Software & Information Industry Association has supported development of a set of guidelines to help those who are immersed in the challenge of showing effectiveness or efficacy during an ed tech adoption.

Colorado Releases Roadmap to Boost Blended Learning

A Colorado state-funded program recently released a guide to help district leaders, educators, policymakers and other stakeholder implement blended learning in K–12 schools.

Could ESSA Plans Invigorate State STEM Intentions?

Could states use their ESSA plans to formulate innovative ways to advance STEM in their schools?

Professional Learning Communities Expand Across Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Education has teamed up with a professional development provider Solution Tree to expand professional learning communities within schools.

Arkansas Hits 100% on School Broadband Target

The latest upgrade to the Arkansas Public School Computer Network means that all of the education organizations in the state now have access to 200 Kbps per student, most connected by fiber.

Coming to Your Child’s School, Very, Very Soon: A Christensen-Style Disruption!

Teachers, materials, students — the big 3 of K–12. Materials (1-to-1, OER-based textbooks) are changing dramatically, but teachers and teaching is about to be disrupted in the Christensen-sense. Machine learning will drive personalized learning into America’s schools. On that you can rely!

Report: Educator Confidence in Technology Increasing

Sixty-five percent of educators expressed confidence in using digital technology in their classrooms, a 7 percent increase over last year, according to a recent survey by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

State Giving Some College Students a Free Ride if They're Willing to Become STEM Teachers

Lawmakers in North Carolina have allocated funding towards scholarships for up to 160 college students who commit to teaching a STEM subject or special education within the state.

The Good and Bad: How ESSA State Plans are Faring

The ESSA accountability portions of state plans submitted so far to the U.S. Department of Education have much merit in them, but they also have plenty of "opportunities for improvement," according to an assessment undertaken recently by Bellwether Education Partners in partnership with the Collaborative for Student Success.

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