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.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released proposed non-regulatory guidance to support school districts' compliance with the requirement that federal funds supplement, and do not supplant, state and local funds, under section 1118 of Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The guidance explains how ESSA changed the longstanding requirement in order to reduce administrative burden, simplify the compliance demonstration and promote effective spending. There will be a public comment period of 30 days to allow educators, parents and others to provide feedback on the draft non-regulatory guidance document.
48 states and the District of Columbia have committed to measuring and reporting individual student growth under ESSA. This means everyone in those states – from parents to policymakers – will have more information than before on student performance and school quality. This brief explores the different ways states have committed to measuring student growth and what that means for education stakeholders and their understanding of student success.