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U.S. Department of Education Announces Final Regulations for Every Student Succeeds Act
ED RULES (AND REGULATIONS): The U.S. Department of Education today issued its final regulations on several key provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a law designed to help states and districts move beyond limited metrics and labels of the No Child Left Behind program...
ACLU, Parent Groups Oppose Tracking Student Outcomes
KEEPING A RECORD: Privacy and parent groups and American Civil Liberties Union are calling on the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking to reject using a student-unit record system. The system is a federal database that tracks college students’ outcomes, from academic information to employment...
The Learning Accelerator and Innovation Partners America Release 'State Profiles in Innovation' Report
EDTECH STATE OF MIND: Thousands of schools are attempting to redefine their models, but how should a state get involved? To help answer that question, The Learning Accelerator, along with Innovation Partners America, released a new report this week—"State Profiles in Innovation"—profiling how Texas, Georgia, Tennessee and Rhode Island are supporting districts and schools on personalized and blended learning...
U.S. High School Graduation Rates Hit Record High
GRADUATION RATES HIT NEW HIGH: The Obama administration announced today high school graduation rate has reached a new high of 83.2 percent. This graduation rate is up one percent from the last academic year. According to National Center for Education Statistics, the number has increased steadily since the 2010-2011 academic year (79 percent), and the growth applies across racial and demographic groups...
US Dept. of Ed Awards $26 Million to Boost PreK-12 Literacy
READ ON! The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $26 million in grants to 29 organizations through its Innovative Approaches to Literacy program. School districts from more than a dozen states made up the majority of grantees; a handful of checks went to nonprofits such as CommonLit, a provider of free literacy tools and resources...