A growing number of commercial and nonprofit efforts are slowly emerging to create a shared set of expectations for vendors and school officials for judging the quality of products.
States and districts are under mounting pressure from parents and policymakers to cut the number of tests students take, but also to make assessments more meaningful.
School superintendents at a nationwide summit discussed the implications that the new ESSA law, and increasing demands for “personalized learning,” will have in their districts.
A looser requirement for evidence-based strategies under the new federal education law, ESSA, gives emerging education companies opportunities for growth, predicts the University of Pennsylvania’s Barbara Kurshan.
The sweeping new federal education law could have big implications for state and local spending on school interventions, tutoring, classroom technology, academic content, and other priorities.
The new Every Student Succeeds Act allows states and districts to try “pay for success” projects that offer financial rewards to investors in public education, if they produce results.
Open educational resources — viewed by many as challenger to commercial resources — are encouraged through the recently passed, sweeping ESSA federal statute.
The new law allows states or districts to use the SAT or ACT for high school accountability, a move that signals a shift in how achievement is measured and what in what schools value.
Changes in federal policy, and shifting K-12 demands for engaging, easy-to-use ed-tech products are likely to shape the K-12 marketplace in 2016.