The New Mexico Public Education Department announced that the state's standardized testing and teacher evaluations will be getting a makeover. The state agency is seeking public input for updates and ideas on how to measure the proficiency of students and teachers, PARCC for testing and NM Teach for the evaluations were also included in survey rollout to the public earlier this month. New Mexico plans to submit the proposed amendments received during the feedback period in its ESSA state plan to the U.S. Department of Education towards the end of April.
Seth Gerson, the lead education policy director at National Governors Association, described the new class of governors as uniquely education-focused, whether it be on early-childhood education or workforce growth. At the conference, Gerson mentioned the governors' plan to invest in technical education, expanding the programs for career pathways and STEM, as well as making technology access a key priority through providing computer science training.
U.S. Department of Education Acts on School Safety Report Recommendation to Improve Understanding of Student Privacy Law
The U.S. Department of Education today, Feb 12, released a comprehensive set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on schools’ and districts’ responsibilities under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in the context of school safety. The FAQ document, titled, School Resource Officers, School Law Enforcement Units and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), consists of 37 commonly asked questions about schools’ and school districts’ responsibilities under FERPA relating to disclosures of student information to school resource officers (SROs), law enforcement units and others, and seeks to explain and clarify how FERPA protects student privacy while ensuring the health and safety of students and others in the school community.
This article explores the key takeaways from the 2018 Advanced Placement (AP) results. The College Board is changing the test-registration date, from spring to fall (Nov. 15) starting 2019-2020 school year. The 2018 AP results indicate that schools with the early test registration date have seen increased participation, especially from underrepresented students. Data from The College Board also shows the AP Computer Science Principles Test experiencing a 135% increase since its launch in 2006 as well as increased participation in AP Capstone courses.
The recently reauthorized federal law known as Perkins V calls for an expansion of work-based learning and better alignment of CTE programs with employer needs. Chiefs for Change, a bipartisan network of state and district education leaders, recently released a report, Let’s Get to Work: Learning From Success in Career and Technical Education, highlighting innovative efforts to modernize CTE programs in Nevada, Denver, and San Antonio, among other places. This article briefly mentions the innovative efforts underway for work-based learning opportunities.