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June 05, 2013

A Proposal for Better Growth Measures

Taking full advantage of personal digital learning requires the ability to compare measures of academic progress in different blended school settings. As noted two weeks ago, it's time for the next big advance in digital learning: comparable growth measures.

May 21, 2013

In Support of the Common Core

Common Core State Standards are thoughtful expressions of college- and career-ready expectations in reading, writing and math.

April 16, 2013

Funding Students, Options & Achievement

Money matters. The way districts and states fund schools influences leadership behaviors. We need to create funding systems that encourage innovation, power options, and promote achievement.

March 22, 2013

NGLC 4: Grants Available for More Breakthrough Blends

With higher expectations, daunting challenges, and new technologies, it's a good time to start over. Creating new schools from scratch--particularly high schools--is a timely opportunity. The good news is that Next Generation Learning Challenges is accepting applications for "new, perso...

February 27, 2013

Eight Implementation Challenges and Solutions

The Digital Learning Now! Smart Series is a group of collaborative papers that bring together top thinkers on the current trends in teaching and learning to explore the implementation challenges at the intersection of digital learning and the Common Core.

February 22, 2013

7 Ways States & Districts Can Use Authorizing to Boost Quality & Innovation

Performance contracting is a services agreement with clear outcomes. States and districts have been using performance contracts for public charter schools, private school special education placements, information and business services, and for energy efficiency partnerships.

February 21, 2013

Making Room for Innovation

Despite steady progress on achievement and graduation rates, big gaps remain. Earlier this month Ted Kolderie, Education Evolving, addressed state charter school leaders. He made six important points addressed in this blog.

February 09, 2013

K12 Report Shows Growth, Calls for Better Measures

Thirteen years ago, when his daughter was six, Ron Packard was a dad searching the Internet for math lessons. He started what became the world's largest online learning provider, a public company with annual revenues close to $1 billion serving 110,000 full time students in 33 states.

January 30, 2013

From Batch Print to Show What You Know

The shift from print to digital is a big deal, but in many ways the shift from cohorts to competency is the more profound transformation underway in education.

January 25, 2013

How Online Learning is Saving and Improving Rural High Schools

Nearly 150,000 schools were closed in the U.S. in the last century in waves of consolidations owing to budgets, busing, algebra and football. Conventional wisdom was that bigger was better and cheaper. Well, that better thing didn't work out so well and it turns out that there are some diseconomies of scale as a result of increased non-instructional staff after about 600 students.

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