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The House Released an Updated Perkins Bill
Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:06:07 -0400 In a bipartisan effort, members of the House Education Committee updated the Carl. D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (1984). The goal of the rewrite is to improve career and technical education. Committee Chairman, John Kline (R-MN), posted a fact sheet to the Education and the Workforce website. Read more here.
The Clash over ESSA
Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:04:03 -0400 The latest melee over the implementation of Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) pits the Republican Congress against the U.S. Secretary of Education John King. At a hearing last week, John Kline (R-MN) criticized the Department of Ed. for proposing draft accountability regulations, which would take control from States. Read more here.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act- Final Regulations
Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:00:07 -0400 The U.S. Departments of Labor and Education issued five rules for the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The objective of WIOA is to strengthen the public workforce system, to assist Americans with significant barriers, including those with disabilities, in obtaining employment, and the retention of skilled workers. Read more here.
Education Workforce Policy Papers
Wed, 06 Jul 2016 13:56:36 -0400 The Coalition for Teaching Quality (CTQ), which includes the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), released three policy papers on teacher and principal recruitment, professional learning for teachers and principals, and supporting opportunities for teacher leadership. CTQ’s recruitment paper provides strategies for teacher recruitment and encourages a diversified workforce. Read more here. CTQ’s professional learning for teachers and principals recommends states and districts provide a comprehensive learning and growth system, which includes induction programs with feedback, ongoing professional learning, evaluation and feedback, pathways for career progression, and preparation in cultural and linguistic competencies. Read more here. CTQ’s position on teacher leadership...
ESSA Funding Guide
Wed, 06 Jul 2016 13:53:02 -0400 Futures without Violence created an Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) funding guide which discusses how states and school districts can use ESSA to support positive school climates generally, and address childhood exposure to violence and the effects of trauma more specifically. Read more here.
Stakeholder Involvement in ESSA
Wed, 06 Jul 2016 13:51:01 -0400 The Department of Education has hosted over 200 meetings with stakeholders across the country to discuss the implementation of ESSA. The Department of Education encourages local leaders to create a dialogue with stakeholders to ensure their voices are considered in regards to a number of topics. A letter was released by Secretary King to provide guidance to states and districts to stress the importance of including community members in the implementation of the new law. CEC encourages members to become involved in the planning of ESSA implementation at the state and local level to ensure children with exceptionalities are fully...
House Committee Takes Steps to Improve Higher Education
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:52:18 -0400 The following bills were introduced by the House last week. Simplifying the Application for Student Aid Act(H.R. 5528) is aimed to reform federal student aid. The measures proposed help students to make more informed financial decisions. Read more here. Accessing Higher Education Opportunities Act (H.R. 5529) will assist Hispanic-Serving Institutions pursuing a career as a physician, dentist, or other health care professional. Read more here. HBCU Capital Financing Improvement Act(H.R. 5530) will improve access, oversight, and strengthen financial counseling to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Read more here.
Equity for Students with Disabilities: ESSA Subgroup Accountability
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:50:35 -0400 The Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) requires data to be collected on the academic advancements and supports of subgroups. A subgroup refers to groups based on racial/ethnic status, socio-economic status, English-language ability, and disability status. In a report, Ensuring Equity in ESSA: The Role of N-Size in Subgroup Accountability, initiated by the Alliance for Excellent Education, n-size is defined as state-set minimum number of students required in a subgroup at the school, district, and state-levels. When states have n-sizes too large, many problems can result including subgroups may not be counted in the data. Lower n-sizes allows states to effectively...
Large Scale Assessments for Children with Disabilities
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:48:33 -0400 The National Center on Educational Outcomes has two new publications on large-scale assessments: 1) Principles and Characteristics of Inclusive Assessment Systems in a Changing Assessment Landscape (NCEO Report #400) This revision includes updated principles which reflect a broader perspective on inclusive assessment for students with disabilities and English language learners. 2) 2013-2014 Publicly Reported Assessment Results for Students with Disabilities and ELLs with Disabilities (NCEO Report #401) The National Center on Educational Outcomes has published their seventeenth report to describe how states publicly report online assessment data for students with disabilities. Read more here.
Policy on Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood Education
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:16:31 -0400 The U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services have created a joint policy to support Dual Language Learners (DLL). The purpose of this policy statement is to promote the learning of DLLs by providing States with recommendations to optimize early education experiences and promote bilingualism or multilingualism. Read more here.