With state legislatures across the country in session, state lawmakers are engaged in active negotiations about how much money they will allocate for K-12 schools and how those funds will be distributed. This analysis considers the many factors that states are considering, including budget pressures and compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act.
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President Donald Trump's proposed federal budget cuts about $3.6 billion from the US Department of Education's budget. The proposal would eliminate, among other things, funding for some after-school and teacher-training programs.
A new formula for work-study programs under the House proposal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act would boost funding for programs at community colleges and for-profit schools, but reduce support for programs at some elite private colleges, according to an analysis by the American Council on Education. Large public institutions that enroll many low-income students would also see funding reductions, the analysis found.
The Illinois State Board of Education will soon review bids to make changes to standardized tests from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. A board spokeswoman said the state will retain "anchor" items such as rigor and comparability, while shifting toward computer-adaptive testing and expanding language options.
Web-based learning tools may help boost science knowledge among diverse student populations, according to a study published in the International Journal of Science Education. Data from the study of 13 middle schools show gains among English-language learners and students with learning disabilities.
High-school students in 17 states are required to take a personal finance course, according to a report by the Council for Economic Education. Data from the annual Survey of the States report also show that fewer than half of states require students to take an economics course.
Register for NASBE webinar on how teachers are implementing CCR standards
Join NASBE on Feb. 21 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. (EST) for a webinar on how teachers are implementing college- and career-ready standards. Presenters will discuss takeaways from research highlighting first-hand accounts from teachers, including challenges they face in implementing standards and resources they find most helpful in addressing those challenges. Presenters will also provide key insights into the unique experiences of teachers of English learners and discuss how state boards can leverage these findings to support implementation of rigorous standards.
New NASBE report discusses personalized learning and data protection
A new NASBE report argues that good student data privacy policies recognize the potential for personalized learning to accelerate student achievement while also guaranteeing safe, secure access to a predetermined, transparent set of student data. The report details how states like Louisiana, Kansas, and California have created policies to address privacy concerns without hamstringing beneficial uses of data in the classroom. The report also recommends actions state boards can take to foster personalized learning and data protection.