June 2014 Education Insider: Tracking Measures, Federal Policy and Programs, Charter Schools, and Teach For America

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This month, we asked Insiders to respond to trends in federal policy and programs, weigh in on data privacy legislation, and share their insights on charter schools. Among the highlights:

  • More than half of Insiders see potential for higher education policy shifts in the next two years in the following areas: competency-based education, open education resources, a new federal college ratings system, and college access for low-income/minority students.
  • 42% of Insiders think there will be federal legislation about student data privacy in the next 18 months. Only 36% think federal regulations on the issue are likely.
  • Insiders are pessimistic about the chances for charter school legislation this year. While 67% of Insiders would like to see the Senate take up legislation on the Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Act before this year’s elections, just 3% think they will.
  • The majority of Insiders do not think that a final rule will be implemented for teacher training programs before the end of the Obama Administration’s term. 58% of Insiders think that, even if implemented, such regulations would not have any more impact on the quality of teacher prep programs than past federal efforts have.
  • 21% of Insiders now think that ESEA will never be reauthorized—it will be subsumed by other education laws.


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