Facing the Future: Education, Empowerment and Gender Equality in STEM

Education is the first step to empowerment. Unfortunately, women and girls across the globe face numerous inequities. Girls in some countries are strictly prohibited from going to school, yet even in the Western world, women and girls experience barriers to equality: “[T]here are challenges to women all across the world. In some places, it’s like [...]

E-Rate Report: Data Discrepancies in 100+ Schools

Findings from the latest E-Rate investigation by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Office of Investigator General (OIG) points to potential fraud as at least 100 schools have been found with discrepancies in the data that they have submitted to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) as part of the E-Rate application process; data that shows [...]

EdTech Expansion Escalates K-12 Connectivity Demands, Emphasize E-Rate Importance

As schools transition to digital learning as defined by Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a civil rights law, America is seeing an upsurge in educational technology adoption. ESSA’s programs aims to close achievement gaps brought about by inequity in education, including the digital divide. Federal funds enable K-12 institutions to invest in educational technologies--devices, electronic [...]

E-Rate in Focus: Compliance & Audits

The following information may prompt district leaders to discover potential areas that need addressed and seek solutions to CIPA/E-Rate compliance issues. However, it is not intended as legal advice, professional training or consultation services. E-Rate is a federal program that provides schools and libraries with discounts from 20%-90% on eligible telecommunications, Internet and technology products [...]

Potential E-Rate Fraud Under Investigation

During site visits to various schools, the OI’s E-Rate team noted a discrepancy between their observations and the percentages of students reported as eligible for free and reduced lunch (i.e. NSLP data). In response, the OI is working with the USDA to obtain information and documentation on schools identified with apparent discrepancies as part of [...]

FCC Delivers Report to Congress: Ongoing E-Rate Investigations

The FCC Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released a semi-annual report to Congress which covers significant activities that have transpired during the period of April 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017. Most of the OIG’s work “…involves investigating and supporting civil and criminal investigations/ prosecutions of fraud in the FCC’s federal universal service programs.” [...]

College and Career Readiness: College Admissions Exam Scores as Indicators

The United States Secretary of Education has recently sent feedback to States that have submitted their plans required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). According to the new law, accountability plans must include academic indicators, such as annual assessments in English and math and other subjects, and non-academic indicators such as school quality. States [...]

The Health of Student Identity

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) increases the demand for more robust data reporting at the State and local level as part of Statewide accountability measures that aim to address the need for school improvement and to close student achievement gaps. Modern data reporting systems are crucial to carrying out the requirements of the new [...]

Educational Data & Federal Policy

ESSA’s State accountability systems are highly data-driven drilling down to student subgroups. Thus, ESSA’s data requirements address student data privacy and intersect with other Federal laws, namely, FERPA. This article examines the data sets required by ESSA, regulatory requirements for handling student information, and principles of best practice with regard to educational data. The upcoming [...]

ESSA Update – Federal Feedback and Funding Levels

Fall is just around the corner, and September 18th marks the final due date for States to submit plans to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) according to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As with the former law, No Child Left Behind [...]