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5 ways to make progress with student data

Transparency is one of the first, and most important, steps in ensuring that conversations about student data use--and keeping that data secure and private--remain open and productive. Collecting and using student data is a hotly-debated topic in today’s school, and a panel of education experts and stakeholders outlined a handful of steps that can help school leaders, educators, and parents better understand exactly how student data privacy and security are handled. During the State Educational Technology Directors Association’s (SETDA) Leadership Summit in Arlington, Va., five actions emerged as the most important when it comes to delicate and necessary conversations about student data. (Next...

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Course Access policies focus on equitable learning

The answer to ensuring that all students have equitable access to the courses that will prepare them to be college- and career-ready could be found in a state…

The law aims to protect students' online privacy.

Calif. law targets social media monitoring of students

If California school officials collect information about students’ public posts on social media websites, they must discard this information within a year after a student leaves the…

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School stakeholders urge FCC to adopt net neutrality

Letting broadband companies charge more for content providers to stream their services at faster speeds threatens ed-tech innovation, thousands of school stakeholders argue.…

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eRate changes aim to cut costs, boost efficiency

Starting next year, eRate applicants will be able to see how much other schools are paying for similar kinds of services, under one of many changes designed to…

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New discount method could help—or hurt—eRate applicants

The FCC’s new eRate rules include important changes in how school districts must calculate their discount percentage. Some districts stand to benefit from these changes, while others could…

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‘Buyer’s remorse’ dogging Common Core standards rollout

Millions of students will take new online tests rooted in the Common Core standards for math and reading this year, but policy makers in many states are having…

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Broadband pilots could serve as models for other states

Arkansas and Virginia have teamed up with the San Francisco-based nonprofit EducationSuperHighway to design a cost-effective plan for meeting President Obama’s goal of ensuring broadband access for every…

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Education Department tries to ease testing worries

Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Aug. 21 said that states can apply for extra time before they use student test scores to judge teachers' performance.…

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5 ways the Common Core could be worthless

Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by 43 states and the District of Columbia, are supposed to be the ultimate indicator for a student’s college…

Wi-Fi

New eRate rules invite a new approach: Managed Wi-Fi

The FCC’s extensive eRate overhaul includes a new type of eligible service, managed Wi-Fi, which could lead to more outsourced networks in K-12 schools.…

Educator Resource Centers

Using Video to Transform Instruction

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Video is a powerful tool to help students learn—and a growing number of educators are integrating video into their instruction, either by using pre-existing video assets or by…

Controlling Costs, Boosting Efficiency Through Smarter School Management

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School and district leaders must be responsible stewards of public goods and resources—and this has never been more true than in today’s extreme climate of tight school budgets…

Teaching Essential 21st Century Skills

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Today’s students need more than just instruction in the core topic areas. They also need to learn key 21st-century skills that will serve them well in a globally…

Harnessing Data for Common Core Success

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There is broad agreement among education leaders that collecting and analyzing student performance data, and using this information to target instruction more effectively, will be critical in making…

How to Make Blended Learning Work

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Blended learning, in which students experience a mix of face-to-face and online instruction, is catching on in K-12 schools—and advocates of this approach say that, when done well,…

Strategies for One-to-One Computing Success

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A growing number of school leaders have recognized the benefits of making sure every student has access to a digital learning device, both in the classroom and at…