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The plan would allow students to transfer to better schools within districts that score at a provisional level on state performance reports.
Since 2008, the philanthropy has spent about $700 million on a variety of teacher-quality initiatives. Critics fear that the Seattle-based foundation is having an outsized influence.
The Gates-supported research has sparked criticism about how the project was framed, how findings were communicated, and whether states are taking away appropriate lessons from it.
The foundation has put $22 million behind several organizations that aim to elevate teachers' voices in policy discussions, but those groups have often been viewed with suspicion by teachers' unions.
Observers see considerable alignment between the teacher-quality agendas of the private foundation and the federal agency. In fact, several top department officials came from the philanthropy.
A new report finds that 40 states saw increases in the number of homeless students in the 2011-12 school year—some by 20 percent or more.
Officials in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Michigan aim to reassure school districts that common core won't hurt local control, but some are skeptical.
The biggest integration opportunity for many ed-tech startups may be with inBloom, a nonprofit group that has been the target of critics over issues related to the privacy of student data.
In the crowded field of ed-tech startups seeking to go to scale, companies with distribution platforms and those that develop instructional materials are merging their resources.
A Brookings Institution analysis says the cost impact would be limited if only a few states dropped out of the groups developing tests aligned with the common core.
Some built-in student accommodations for the common-core tests being developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers will be unavailable during spring 2014 field tests.
Expanding blended and online learning is appealing in many school systems, despite recent, high-profile disruptions in ambitious, 1-to-1 technology plans, attendees at the recent iNACOL summit said.
It's imperative for schools and policymakers to work with teachers to include family-involvement strategies and practices, Steven Sheldon says.