Setting the political debate about the Common Core State Standards aside, a new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) looks at what’s important to teachers when implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The focus was on districts that have taken a collaborative approach between management and teachers, giving educators a significant voice during CCSS rollout. While the report acknowledges that the impact of this approach on student outcomes cannot be measured yet, the authors believe that creating supportive environments that involve teachers in decision making is one key to successful implementation. Continue reading

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The results are in from the latest Speak Up survey from Project Tomorrow, which looked at trends in mobile device use and blended learning this year and their relation to education equity. According to the survey, nearly half of teachers (47 percent) said their students have regular access to mobile devices in their classrooms. Among high school students, 58 percent said they now use their own mobile device at school to support learning activities. Among students using mobile devices provided by their schools, half (51 percent of high school students and 46 percent of middle school students) say that their out of school internet connectivity is through a mobile data plan, but there are still students who report no regular access to technology in schools: 13 percent of high school students and 21 percent of middle school students. Continue reading

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On Wednesday, April 29 Representatives Luke Messer (R-IN) and Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015. The representatives, who were both instrumental in the development of the Student Data Privacy Pledge, have been working on this bill for some time, including a previous draft that was heavily criticized. Codifying provisions of the Pledge and the Student Data Principles while balancing the need for using data to guide instruction, the new bill still cedes authority to states to make their own decisions regarding best practices. Continue reading

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For publishers staying on top of issues impacting the edtech purchases and the decision makers, two new reports yield insights into the current state of the market. The 2015 K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report from CoSN, sponsored by SchoolDude and conducted in partnership with MDR, looks at Chief Technology Officers, including what their issues are and what their work lives look like. Insight Enterprises has released its findings on the five key areas education decision makers must consider as they plan their budgets for an environment where technology is placing heavier demands on network infrastructure. Both reports identified assessment as an issue that greatly impacts IT leaders and purchases. Continue reading

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Common Sense Media, an AAP PreK-12 Learning Group member, has launched a new advocacy initiative called Common Sense Kids Action. The goal of the initiative is to make kids and education the number one priority in the United States. In an article for the Huffington Post, Jim Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media, further explains the key issues for the initiative. Continue reading

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