As the number of education reform initiatives continues to increase in the U.S., the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) asked three of its research fellows to examine current efforts and to provide their do’s and don’ts for improving education. Unsurprisingly, many of their recommendations focus on the execution of the reforms as much as the actual methods. Read the partial list from the policy brief below; access An Education Agenda for the States – Fostering Opportunity from Pre-K through College at the AEI website. Continue reading

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Whatever standards a state uses, the clear goal is to make students ready for their careers beyond education. And while math and reading literacy are essential skills, a new study from Wainhouse Research, sponsored by SMART Technologies Inc., says that problem-solving and the ability to collaborate with others are equally important. The study, which collected opinions from administrators, teachers, parents and students in North America and the United Kingdom as well as educational practitioners and thought leaders in North America and Europe, showed, though, that a majority believe that these softer skills are being lost due to increased attention on assessments. Continue reading

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House and Senate budget conferees met on Monday, April 20 to start working combining their proposed budgets. A new post from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) says, though, that both the House and Senate FY 2016 budget have major flaws. Continue reading

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School construction, new technology, updated learning resources—these are all recognized, continuing costs for schools. According to Richard Ingersoll from the University of Pennsylvania, districts should add increased teacher turnover to their balance sheets. In an interview with NPR, he discusses why teachers leave and how the turnover can cost districts up to $2.2 billion a year. Continue reading

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Two new reports from the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) and the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) say that states need to provide stronger guidance on student privacy laws. While many states have proposed new legislation, the briefs argue that much of it leaves too much open to interpretation. In addition, the NEPC paper suggests that COPPA extend to 14 year-olds and more protections be offered to 15-18 year-olds. Continue reading

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