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On March 26 NPR interviewed newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of Education John King about his priorities for the end of the Obama Administration.  With only ten months left in the term, here is what King is focused on. Implementing ESSA, including developing guidelines for districts and...
As one of the stated goals of Common Core adopting states is to improve student achievement by holding students to more rigorous standards, the Brookings Institution has been tracking NAEP scores against CCSS adoption and strength of implementation. While fourth and eighth grade students...
OER is being discussed in many education circles as an effective solution for schools with limited budgets, but there is more to the movement than funding. In a podcast from Getting Smart, CEO and Partner Tom Vander Ark discusses what he believes schools are looking to get out of OER and what he...
Education reform campaigns, presidential candidate priorities, and legislation call for equitable access to a high quality education. This usually starts with each school having access to the necessary funding to provide excellent teachers, a safe school environment, and effective learning...
At AAP PreK-12 Learning Group Master Class events in 2014 and 2015, presenters talked about how to get the most our of your interactions with teachers and administrators via social media and other marketing platforms. Choosing the right marketing mechanism, though, can be just as challenging...
Discussions about the future of the teaching profession used to be about retention and retirement. Now, it appears the education community will have to add a new topic: enrollment. According to a recent survey form the Chronicle of Higher Education and an article in neaToday, the number of students...
As part of the path to improving America’s schools, many policy initiatives emphasize improving teacher quality through better preparation programs.  A new brief from the National Education Policy Center examines components of four initiatives and their shared belief in holding teacher prep...
Results from the Atlantic Media/Pearson Opportunity Poll show that while Americans believe that education is the path to better opportunities, the country is divided on how far into educational careers government should provide support. Seventy-six percent of those polled are for universal PreK...
High school graduation and dropout rates are often a barometer of success for an education system. Graduation rates alone, though, don’t tell the whole story. Two recent studies, examining the college and career readiness of college graduates and how income inequality affects graduation rates,...
The AAP PreK-12 Learning Group organized a session at SXSWedu featuring Michael Jay (Educational Systemics), Randy Wilhelm (Knovation), and Chris Willig (McGraw-Hill Education). The well-attended Industry Talk, “Creating and Delivering What Teachers Really Want,” offered advice on successfully...

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