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May 19, 2015

How Do You Share Your Data?

Data doesn't have to be a dirty word, it can just be information used to help inform learning and future teaching. How do you collect and use data to further learning in your classes?

May 12, 2015

Building Research Skills Through Global Primary Sources

The Common Core State Standard require students to conduct original research. Here are resources and project ideas to help!

May 04, 2015

A Year for Digital Learning Improvements

Digital Learning Now's annual report evaluates state progress in advancing digital learning and high quality learning opportunities for all students. The report card evaluates state legislative and policy efforts regarding learning systems, quality online instruction, course access, school models, data privacy and more.

April 29, 2015

FTC Would Get New Enforcement Powers Over Ed Tech in Data-Privacy Bill

Bipartisan federal student data-privacy legislation likely to be introduced this week would give the Federal Trade Commission new authority to regulate educational technology vendors.

April 15, 2015

Path to Personalization: Better Models and Better Tests

Gene Wilhoit, Linda Pittenger and Carmen Coleman, recently led a discussion about the ways that technology is improving formative assessment and the opportunity that it creates to rethink big year-end tests. The group identified five of next steps on the path forward that includes learner profiles, new solutions, and linking formative data to standards. Overall, new developments will mean a gradual reduction in the size of and reliance in heavyweight summative assessment to smaller, less frequent tests that check the validity of local assessments.

April 09, 2015

Student-Data-Privacy Protections Fall Short, Researchers Contend

Lawmakers and policymakers should expand the scope of student data that is protected and require more of ed-tech vendors, argues a new report from NEPC.

April 08, 2015

Want Improvement? Get Serious About Systems

Systems thinking can address problems before they worsen and can turn a high-performing school into a school on fire.

April 07, 2015

Major FERPA Overhaul Under Consideration in U.S. House

A draft overhaul of FERPA would ban the use of students' educational records for marketing, allow companies to be fined, and expand parental opt-out rights.

April 06, 2015

Ed Reform and Innovation: The End of the Big Test Is in Sight

What does innovative learning and EdReform have in common? Equity. We explore the recent history of assessment (the intended and unintended consequences), the role that equity plays, the need to synthesize EdReform aims, and the opportunity of innovation.

March 27, 2015

Agency Releases Confidential Info of Thousands of D.C. Students

The leaders of the District of Columbia office of the state superintendent of education said her staff is working to beef up security measures after releasing the private data, including names, birth dates, and disciplinary records.

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