Four states -- Georgia, Kansas, South Carolina and Hawaii -- have indicated their interest in being part of an innovative assessment pilot for the Every Student Succeeds Act. Up to seven states can join the pilot, which would allow them to try various tests in a few districts before taking them statewide.
To bridge the gap between the "digital participation divide," schools need to use a systems-level approach to teach educators, students and parents useful digital citizenship skills, write Future Ready teacher Matt Hiefield and program and policy development specialist Vanessa Monterosa. In this commentary, they suggest districts develop policies about how to use technology and that they integrate conversations about digital citizenship and participation in the curriculum.
A report released by the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy and The Badass Teachers Association advises schools should limit social media use and ensure they have strong data privacy systems in place to protect students' information. The groups found that teachers said they have inadequate training in data privacy, yet they feel pressured to implement education technology they don't necessarily understand.
Digital citizenship encompasses respect of privacy, feelings and property, which can be connected to students' issues with cyberbullying, writes Harvard-trained psychiatrist Shimi Kang. According to research, students who are more equipped with social and emotional learning have better coping skills, are more empathetic and may perform better academically, Kang writes.
Students see their costs lowered when courses use open educational resources, but a study reveals that it cost five community colleges participating in an OER initiative an average of $11,700 to develop OER materials. The study also shows that college bookstores at participating schools saw an average loss of $14,000 per institution in textbook sales revenue.
A study of identical and nonidentical twins by researchers at King's College London found a genetic link between the type of college that students choose and how well they perform. Researchers say genetics had a 47% influence on which college the students chose, with 36% of the influence coming from environmental factors.
A study by student-loan lender Sallie Mae found that parents are paying about 34% of the cost of college, while scholarships contribute 28% and students pitch in 13%. The data also show middle-income parents end up borrowing slightly more than other groups.
Returns on the University of Michigan's investments have brought in an additional $1 billion this year, growing the school's total endowment to $11.9 billion. The return allowed the school to increase its endowment disbursement in fiscal 2018 to $346 million up from $325 million the previous year.
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