Jane Robbins: The data that can be gathered from VR gaming tech is massive, but of greater concern is how it can alter kids’ thoughts and behavior.
Gov. Mark Dayton (D-MN) signed a law yesterday that provides parents with input and schools with guidance about parental notification in terms of surveys.
In February 2013, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology released a draft of Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century. To many who were aware of this report, it was alarming and controversial. In the summary of this report it says. “There is a growing movement […]
David Xirau was a math teacher at Weymouth High School (MA) until late January of this year. Below is the letter he wrote about why he quit his teaching job. What he expresses in his letter could be expressed by teachers in most any state these days. How many teachers are we losing to the […]
Washington, D.C.–American Principles in Action is calling on Congress to oppose S.227, the Strengthening Education through Research Act (SETRA), which would violate the privacy of millions of students and parents. SETRA is scheduled to be voted on Wednesday, February 25th in the U.S. House—even though the Senate has not yet voted on the bill. Congressional […]
David Coleman, President of the College Board and “chief architect” of the Common Core State Standards, spoke at the Annual Strategic Data Project (SDP) Beyond the Numbers Convening hosted by the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. The theme was “from the classroom to the boardroom: analytics for strategy and performance.” He lauded […]
If you’re wondering what some opponents of the Common Core State Standards are talking about when they refer to 400 Data Points when discussing the potential data mining problems with the Common Core Assessments – you are not alone. Here are a couple of links. The first is from the National Center for Education Statistics. […]
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology published a report back in February entitled “Promoting Grit, Tenacity and Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century.” From the executive summary: How can we best prepare children and adolescents to thrive in the 21st century—an era of achievement gaps that must be closed […]
One of the things that isn’t being discussed enough, but is getting attention is how data tracking of students is connected to the Common Core. It isn’t just assessment scores. Joy Pullman pointed that out in her article last week on data mining: The department is also funding and mandating databases that could expand each […]
The U.S. Department of Education is investigating how public schools can collect information on “non-cognitive” student attributes, after granting itself the power to share student data across agencies without parents’ knowledge. The feds want to use schools to catalogue “attributes, dispositions, social skills, attitudes, and intrapersonal resources, independent of intellectual ability,” according to a February […]