Policy Issues


KnowledgeWorks, Center for Assessment Launch Site to Prep Ed Leaders for Accountability Pilots

KnowledgeWorks and the National Center for the Improvement of Assessment are launching a new website, innovativeassessments.org, to help education representatives understand the requirements of the applications for the Innovative Assessment and Accountability Demonstration Authority.

Bill Would Simplify FAFSA Financial Aid Process

Congressional Democrats have introduced legislation that would simplify the FAFSA process.

Senate Bill Proposes Shot in Arm for CTE

Career and technical education could get a boost if bi-partisan legislation moves ahead.

Educational Inequities Research Draws Attention by New Penn State Center

A new center at Penn State will become a repository for data and research on the topic of inequity and the go-to source for evaluating programs and policies intended to address the disparities in order to identify those that have the best impact.

ISTE Formally Unveils New Standards for Students

The International Society for Technology in Education has unveiled new ISTE Standards for Students this week at its annual conference.

Lit Fiber Leads Latest E-rate Funding Requests

Right now the biggest area for category one funding requests in the E-rate program is for lit fiber — major bandwidth connectivity. That line item in applications for the 2016 funding year totals $1.3 billion in pre-discount dollars, a request that trounces every other type of category one service included on applications by at least a factor of five-to-one.

New Report Looks to Data for Helping America's 1.3 Million Homeless Students

The number of homeless students in the United States has doubled since the 2006–2007 school year. New federal law that goes into effect with the new school year is designed to make it easier for those students to complete their education.

iNACOL to Host Personalized Learning State Policy Webinar

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning will host a webinar Tuesday, June 21 designed to look into promising state policies designed to enable and scale personalized learning.

Report: Colleges Behind in Development Ed Practices

Schools relying on placement tests to determine whether students need developmental classes in order to be college-ready could be doing their students a disservice that lasts a lifetime.

Report: Small Subgroup of Parents Opt Students out of Standardized Tests, Majority Support Them

In the 2014-15 school year, a small but distinct group of parents opted out of standardized testing for their children. However, the majority of the general public opposes opting children out, according to a new report from Educational Testing Service.

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