The Learning Group Blog

or
The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has announced the creation of a Center for Innovation & Digital Learning, an initiative designed to promote new ideas in the digital learning space and to support the development of next-generation educational technologies. “Learning materials are...
Forget whether or not students should be able to opt out of high-stakes testing – are they actually effective in measuring student achievement? A new report from the Fordham Institute examines four high-stakes assessments - ACT Aspire, PARCC, and Smarter Balanced and the Massachusetts’ state exam (...
While excitement about the potential of ed tech on student learning has not waned, educators are now more cautious about adopting digital tools. As Dallas Dance, Superintendent of the Baltimore County Public Schools, told Content in Context attendees at the 2015 event, developers, especially start-...
Guest blog post by Sue Hanson, PR with Panache! As part of its Storytelling Suite at TCEA 2016, PR with Panache! hosted its second Youth Voice Panel. The event gave educators, vendors, and the education media a chance to hear how students really use technology for learning—and what teachers can...
If you’re looking for ways to connect with your teenage audience online, don’t count on Twitter, Facebook, or even Instagram, says Felicity Duncan, Assistant Professor of Digital Communication and Social Media, Cabrini College, in an article on The Conversation. As part of her research into digital...
When making cases for and against Common Core, one of the most important voices is the classroom teacher. The Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University recently studied implementation in five states – Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Nevada – to find out teachers...
A recent study by Education Next says that states have raised their proficiency standards since 2011 when many states began implementing the Common Core. The authors cautioned, though, that raising proficiency goals was not the same as raising individual student achievement. Examining PISA results...
Under ESSA states can design their own accountability systems. But while the general consensus is that Annual Yearly Progress, which was prescribed under NCLB, isn’t working, there’s no agreement yet on what an effective and fair method would be. The Fordham Institute recently held a competition to...
A preliminary report from the United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent on the state of African Americans says “racial discrimination continues to be systemic and rooted in an economic model that denies development to the poorest African American communities.” The...
As states settle into a Common Core world, education analysts are not only looking to see if the standards impact individual student performance but if the standards raise overall academic expectations. According to a new report from Education Next, the answer is yes. In an analysis of state...

Pages