[NHDOE-ETNews] This Week in Ed Tech December 5-9, 2016

Freeda, Stanley Stanley.Freeda at doe.nh.gov
Wed Dec 7 12:34:36 EST 2016

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ITEM:  This Week in Ed Tech

December 5-9, 2016


  *   President-elect Donald Trump nominated Betsy DeVos to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education.
  *   House leaders named Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) to serve as chairwoman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, replacing Rep. John Kline (R-MN) who is leaving Congress at the end of the year.

  *   Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser nominated Antwan Wilson, current Superintendent in Oakland, CA, to lead the Washington, D.C. Public Schools.

*         As we kick off Computer Science Education Week, the White House is releasing a fact sheet<https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/12/05/fact-sheet-year-action-supporting-computer-science-all> highlighting a year of action to support the Computer Science for All initiative. 2016 has been a year of action in support of computer science. Fourteen new states have expanded CS education, more than 500 organizations have responded to the President's call to action, and a new AP-CS course launched this fall and is already being offered in more than 2,000 classrooms. Fifteen Federal agencies are coordinating efforts to expand CS education, with new investments and guidance. Twenty-seven governors have called on Congress to support CS education. We are also announcing new actions by Federal and non-Federal organizations in support of Computer Science for All.

U.S. Department of Education News:

  *   The Education Department published the ESSA accountability rule<https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/29/2016-27985/elementary-and-secondary-education-act-of-1965-as-amended-by-the-every-student-succeeds> on Monday. The regulations are effective January 30, 2017.
  *   The Departments of Education and Health and Human Services announced that 18 states will receive more than $247 million in the third round of Preschool Development Grants. The money will be used to help expand access to high-quality preschool for low-income families.

  *   The Education Department released fiscal guidance<http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/essaguidance160477.pdf> explaining changes made under Title I, Part A; Title II, Part A; maintenance of effort requirements; and transferability requirements.

  *   The Education Department's Office of Inspector General posted an audit report titled "The U.S. Department of Education's Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 Report For Fiscal year 2016<http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/auditreports/fy2017/a11q0001.pdf>"
  *   In a subsequent letter to Chief State School Officers, the agency released a Consolidated State Plan template<http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/essa-consolidated-state-plan-final.docx> -- a state may opt to submit its consolidated state plan or individual program plans on April 3, 2017, or September 18, 2017 -- and a State Assurances template<http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/essa-state-plan-assurances-final.docx> that must be submitted by April 3, 2017.

Every Student Succeeds Act News:

  *   Arizona released the second draft<http://www.azed.gov/essa/draftplan/> of the state's ESSA consolidated plan.

  *   California released elements<http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/es/toolkit2.asp> of the state's ESSA consolidated plan, including sections on Consultation and Coordination, Standards and Assessments, and others.

  *   Illinois released the second draft<http://www.isbe.net/ESSA/pdf/ESSA-Illinois-State-Plan-draft-2.pdf> of the state's ESSA consolidated plan.

  *   Oklahoma released the first draft<http://sde.ok.gov/sde/sites/ok.gov.sde/files/ESSAStatePlanDraft1-update112116.pdf> of the state's ESSA consolidated plan.


  *   Foresight Law + Policy published a calendar outlining the House and Senate's planned 2017 schedule. The calendar is available for download here<http://www.flpadvisors.com/publications.html>.
  *   The Data Quality Campaign published a new report titled, "Show me the Data: State Report Cards Must Answer Questions and Inform Action<http://dataqualitycampaign.org/resources/>."
  *   The Education Commission of the States released a policy brief titled "K-3 Policymakers' Guide to Action: Making the early years count<http://www.ecs.org/k-3-policymakers-guide-to-action-making-the-early-years-count/>"
  *   The American Enterprise Institute released a new analysis titled "Supportive But Not Supported: School District Leaders' Opinions on Implementing the Common Core State Standards<http://www.aei.org/publication/supportive-but-not-supported-school-district-leaders-opinions-on-implementing-the-common-core-state-standards/>."

  *   On December 6, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) will release their new report ranking teacher preparation programs for undergraduate elementary school teachers. Once released, the report will be available here<http://www.nctq.org/siteHome.do>.
Thanks to the State Educational Technology Directors Association for compiling this news digest.  SETDA offers a variety of frees resources on their website. Visit them at www.SETDA.org<http://www.SETDA.org>.

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