At the 2014 Technology-Enabled Personalized Learning (TEPL) Summit hosted by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University in collaboration with Digital Promise, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), and the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA), participants discussed challenges and potential solutions for implementing TEPL. The outcomes of the Summit have now been released in a report, Technology-Enabled Personalized Learning: Findings and Recommendations to Accelerate Implementation. Continue reading

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Early political opposition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) appeared to mostly come from conservatives concerned about what they perceived as an increasing federal role in state education. A new report from the Brookings Institution shows how criticism has evolved to include the wider political spectrum when it became linked to other initiatives, like teacher reform, and when speed of implementation seemed to take precedence over other classroom concerns. “The evolving politics of the Common Core” by Ashley Jochim and Lesley Lavery theorizes that the growing opposition occurred because issues like evaluation, accountability, and privacy were ignored in the fervor over adopting the CCSS. Continue reading

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A new white paper, “Social and emotional development: The next school reform frontier,” from the Brookings Institute highlights inequality in K-12 academic development found in minority students and low-income, urban districts. Referring to the current No Child Left Behind (NCLB) rewrite in Congress, the paper contends that part of new policy for NCLB should focus on the emotional and social development of students who routinely fall behind academically. The paper’s author writes that while there has been success in narrowing achievement gaps, there is research that suggests intervening in social and emotional skills can in turn boost academic skills. In relation to the Brookings paper, support by a number of large civil rights groups for NCLB testing also focuses on how this education policy can help students.  Continue reading

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The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) have published an open letter to the education community calling for changes to EdReports reviews of instructional materials for their alignment with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). According to the letter, “the current ratings and reviews do not provide the types and quality of information needed to make informed choices about the extent to which particular materials support students’ learning, or teachers’ teaching, of CCSSM.” Continue reading

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The LearningCurve team from Marketplace has been studying the impact of technology on education, including how parents view the increased use of tech in the classroom and in school/parent communications. Conducted by Lieberman Research Worldwide, overall the survey found that parents are positive towards technology for school, agreeing that it makes it easier for children to do their school work and learn at their own pace, and for parents to be involved in their education However, parents are divided on the impact of digital tools on critical thinking skills. Continue reading

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