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At the rate of growth in the edtech market, including OER and startups, the development of new tools and resources has outpaced policies for reviewing and ensuring quality. In response, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has issued a new brief, Ensuring the Quality...
Even before student data privacy dominated edtech conversations, school technology teams were working on how to keep student information safe. Now, the U.S. Department of Education, CoSN, and other organizations are providing privacy pledges as well as model guidelines and ...
Amidst state and federal discussions on high-stakes testing and parent protests against the new Common Core assessments, Teach Plus surveyed over 1,000 teachers in Illinois, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Washington, DC, about PARCC. Focusing on the quality, structure, and alignment of the...
Using data from the 2012 PISA, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has issued a new report on gender equality in education. While OECD has seen a rise in equal education opportunities for boys and girls, new inequities are emerging. The report’s authors believe, though...
According to a report from Clarity, the crowdfunding economy has grown to more than $5.1 billion in the last 3 years. In addition, due to the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act passed in 2012, the SEC is now developing new rules for Equity Crowdfunding, which should provide startups with even...
While many of the current grant programs from the Department of Education have been targeted for cuts in proposed 2015 ESEA legislation, School Improvement Grants (SIG) still appear to be included in the Senate’s plan. According to a new report from the Council of Great City Schools, the...
The debate over the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) has taken place across all media, including Twitter. #Commoncore: How Social Media is Changing the Politics of Education, an ongoing project from the Consortium for Policy Research in Education, examines the role that Twitter has played in the...
The goal for most education advocates is the same: developing college- and career-ready students who will contribute to the workforce. The path, however, is not clear. In addition to arguments over which standards will better serve students, questions are being raised over whether students are...
A recent Huffington Post article looked at nine studies comparing print and digital book preferences. While the reports examine different populations, the overall findings share one point in common: students still value print for education and personal reading. Results reviewed include...
Continuing the Obama Administration’s pledge to safeguard student data privacy, the Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center has released model terms of service guidance. Directed at educators and administrators, the model terms are designed to help schools identify...

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