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Vance, Amelia – State Education Standard, 2016
Oklahoma's Student Data Accessibility, Transparency, and Accountability Act (known as the Student DATA Act) arose just as privacy concerns about student data were beginning to surface. According to Linnette Attai, founder of education technology compliance consultancy PlayWell LLC, "When this climate of data privacy first emerged in its…
Descriptors: Student Records, Information Security, Privacy, Laws
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Barnes, Khaliah; Kowalski, Paige – State Education Standard, 2016
Unsurprisingly, schools, companies, and others that have amassed student information have been unable to adequately safeguard it. They simply cannot keep up with all the data they have collected and have routinely experienced data breaches. These breaches have compromised grades, student financial information, Social Security numbers, and even…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Government Role, Privacy, Student Records
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Pruitt, Kobie – State Education Standard, 2016
Just as adults' personal lives and data are increasingly inhabiting online spaces, so are students. While this shift brings many benefits and the possibility of learning tailored to individual students' needs, it is also brings new challenges. Students create an electronic trail of information that creates an obvious concern: How can they enjoy…
Descriptors: Student Records, Safety, Computer Security, Information Security
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Zeide, Elana – State Education Standard, 2016
Since 2013, most states have considered one or more bills to protect student data, with many giving state boards of education more authority in this arena. The best of this legislation goes beyond compliance to better address stakeholders' fears. States that take this approach have adopted two key practices in implementation of new state laws:…
Descriptors: Student Records, Privacy, Information Security, State Legislation
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Rickman, Dana – State Education Standard, 2016
By combining an overall vision for the use of data, a commitment to protecting student privacy and data integrity, and supportive legislation, Georgia emerged as a leader in the effective use of student data. But it easily could have gone another way. None of the three elements could be taken for granted when Georgia set out to develop its state…
Descriptors: Student Records, Information Security, Privacy, Educational Legislation
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Steinberg, Matthew P. – State Education Standard, 2016
Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December 2015 signaled a new era for teacher evaluation reform. Under ESSA, states and districts have greater autonomy to design and implement teacher evaluation systems independent of federal influence. This new flexibility brings with it new responsibilities and challenges for states and…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Educational Change, School District Autonomy, Federal Legislation
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Kawashima-Ginsberg, Kei – State Education Standard, 2016
High-quality civic education not only prepares children for the most basic civic participation--voting and understanding how powers are divided--but also helps them acquire broader skills, such as deliberating with fellow citizens to make difficult decisions that affect their communities, advocating for themselves and others on matters of public…
Descriptors: Futures (of Society), Citizenship Education, Educational Policy, Educational Change
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Brown, Fred – State Education Standard, 2015
Teachers often start a new school year working extremely hard to reteach last year's content, particularly for their lower income students. According to "Making Summer Count," a report commissioned by The Wallace Foundation and written by researchers at Rand, rigorous studies of voluntary summer programs, mandatory summer programs, and…
Descriptors: Learning Experience, Summer Programs, Reading Programs, Program Effectiveness
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Newman, Bobbi; Hull, Robert – State Education Standard, 2015
State board members, working in partnership with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) at the University of Pennsylvania, conducted an in-depth study of states' school leadership development policies and practices. Data from this study are being analyzed to determine ways that states can create systems and structures for…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Board of Education Policy, Educational Policy, Leadership Training
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Cookson, Peter W., Jr. – State Education Standard, 2015
In October 2014, the US Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights issued a clarion call to school districts and states to review their policies and practices in order to ensure they are equitably providing educational resources to their schools. The quality of classroom instruction and the quality of the organizational systems supporting…
Descriptors: Equal Education, State Policy, Correlation, Learner Engagement
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Sirinides, Phil – State Education Standard, 2015
Public education in the United States continues to be marked by persistent disparities in test scores, high school completion rates, and college enrollment rates based on factors such as students' household income, race/ethnicity, and gender. These achievement gaps are already in evidence before children begin school. Students that are assessed as…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, School Readiness, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy
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Nazareno, Lori – State Education Standard, 2015
Teachers are increasingly dissatisfied. In one recent survey, 47 percent of teachers said they were not enthusiastic about their jobs, and another showed a sharp drop in teacher satisfaction since 2008, from 62 to 39 percent. This dissatisfaction does not stem from what one might think--stresses related to dealing with students and families.…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Instructional Leadership, Teacher Attitudes, Job Satisfaction
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Turnbull, Brenda J. – State Education Standard, 2015
The work principals do has always mattered, but as the demands of the job increase, it matters even more. Perhaps once they could maintain safety and order and call it a day, but no longer. Successful principals today must also lead instruction and nurture a productive learning community for students, teachers, and staff. They set the tone for the…
Descriptors: Principals, Instructional Leadership, Administrator Effectiveness, Standards
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Peske, Heather; Losee, Liz; Comb, Meagan – State Education Standard, 2015
One of the core priorities of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), articulated in its most recent strategic plan, focuses on educator capacity. In 2012, BESE passed new program approval standards for educator preparation programs across the state. The standards ushered in new expectations for the 80 sponsoring…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Educational Change, Board of Education Policy, Educational Policy
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Manchin, Gayle – State Education Standard, 2015
This article addresses West Virginia's public schools, and their long struggle with student achievement levels in reading and math. Levels are significantly below the national average and there are poverty-based achievement gaps within the state. In 2013, a cross section of educators and education policy leaders from a range of experiences,…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Low Achievement
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