Education Technology in the News – 14 September 2016

  • The Association for Career and Technical Education and Advance CTE released a joint statement, encouraging Congress to act immediately to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, citing momentum on legislation in the House. The House Education and the Workforce Committee unanimously approved the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act” (H.R. 5587) in July. The full House may consider the legislation next week. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has not considered CTE legislation in 2016.
  • The State Educational Technology Directors Association released a report titled, “The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning.” Building upon the organization’s prior research, the report encourages broadband access both in and out of school to better prepare students for college and careers. SETDA introduced the paper during a Capitol Hill briefing on September 8. A video archive of the event will be available on SETDA’s website later this month.
  • A judge in Connecticut ordered the state to create a new way to fund public education, finding the current system unconstitutional. The judge’s order also will require the state to set mandatory standards for high school graduation, as well as establish new evaluations for public school teachers and standards for special education, according to the Wall Street Journal.
  • New Jersey Education Commissioner David Hespe is resigning. Kimberley Harrington, assistant commissioner and chief academic officer, will become acting education commissioner at the end of September.
  • The California State Board of Education released a new evaluation system for schools that would rely on a number of measures, including progress of English learners, high school graduation rates, college and career readiness indicators, as well as local indicators such as school climate and student engagement, rather than primarily on standardized test scores.
  • The 2017 Creative Commons Global Summit will take place from April 28-30, 2017, in Toronto.
Department of Education News:  
  • The Dept. of Education launched the seventh “Opportunity Across America” tour, focusing on the progress made to expand educational opportunities across the United States. Stops will include Washington, D.C., Charlottesville, VA, Bristol, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Memphis, TN, Harvest, AL, Little Rock, AK, Indianola, MS, Monroe, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans, LA.
Every Student Succeeds Act News:
  • The Illinois Department of Education released the first draft of its ESSA State Plan, which is available here.
  • Arizona also released the first draft of an ESSA State Plan for comments, which is available here.
  • Wednesday, September 14 – STEM4US is hosting the third annual Energy, Tech, and Education Festival, with the theme “Mission Critical: Training the Cybersecurity Workforce of Today, Tomorrow” at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Register here.
  • Thursday, September 15 (3-4:15pm ET) – AYPF is hosting a webinar titled, “Competency-Based Education as a Strategy for College and Career Readiness for All,” focusing on K-12 competency-based education strategies to prepare students for college and careers. Register here.
  • Tuesday, September 20 (6pm ET) – Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) is hosting a Tech Talk titled, “Virtual Reality in Education,” discussing education and virtual reality, with a hands on demo of Google Cardboard and Expeditions. More information is available here.


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