• By Neal Urwitz
    December 6, 2012

    Whiteboard Advisors will host a briefing on the politics and budget implications of sequestration.  RSVP required. Read more

  • By David DeSchryver
    December 5, 2012

    The U.S. Department of Education announced that 61 applications have been selected as finalists for the Race to the Top-District (RTT-D) competition. The 2012 RTT-D program will provide close to $400 million to support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare every student for success in college and careers. Read more

  • By David DeSchryver
    October 17, 2012

    What happened to parental involvement? The idea has been incubating. In 2002, NCLB got ahead of itself. The premise was right, but the data and the tools were not yet ready. That has changed. Read more

  • By David DeSchryver
    October 5, 2012

    What did we learn about education policy in the first presidential debate this week? The candidates aren't so different on funding issues. Read more

  • By Ben Wallerstein
    September 12, 2012

    At Whiteboard Advisors, we often hear from investors, NGOs, and education companies that want to understand how the Race to the Top program is shaping education markets and opportunities – and how products or solutions with the potential to impact student achievement can support state and local agencies in leveraging massive federal investments designed to do just that. Most market watchers know that roughly $4 billion has been awarded to states, but scarce data exists to trace how and where those funds are flowing and just how much of the funding has yet to be spent. Read more

  • By Rachel Vessey Gibson
    July 18, 2012

    Today we released the results of our July Education Insider survey. The Insider survey continues to garner media attention as a tool for understanding and predicting education trends; the Huffington Post published a piece earlier today which discusses our analysis of the Common Core assessment consortia.

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  • By Gene Hickok
    July 17, 2012

    The Obama Administration, through education secretary Arne Duncan, seems to be pursuing a two-track strategy regarding national education policy. One track emphasizes positive incentives such as “Race to the Top.” The other encourages states to seek waivers from No Child Left Behind. It is too soon to know whether the incentive approach is working. It has received a lot of positive press. But the actual results aren’t in yet. The waiver strategy seems to be working, though. A majority of states have requested and received waivers. In return, those states have agreed to adopt accountability plans approved by Washington. Read more

  • July 10, 2012

    New York State has released an RFP for its Systemic Supports for District and School Turnaround grant, funded through its federal Race to the Top grant. This grant will provide opportunities for school districts with eligible Priority Schools to partner with support organizations to:

    • Build supportive district‐level operating structures, and re‐frame district systems to support schools in improving students’ academic performance and holding them accountable for needed gains in performance.
    • Build the capacity of district and school leaders to co‐design and implement school turnaround plans that ensure dramatic gains in student academic performance, through the effective implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), systems for teacher and leader effectiveness, and a cycle of data‐driven instruction/ inquiry and action.
    • Coordinate and streamline an LEA’s existing school turnaround efforts (through existing implementation of School Improvement Grant (1003g), Race to the Top Scope of Work plans, Comprehensive Education Plans (CEP), and Consolidated Applications, etc.) into one integrated approach to school turnaround.

    Applications due August 1st, 2012

    For complete information, please refer to the Overview Document included here.

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  • By Rachel Vessey Gibson
    July 2, 2012

    The most recent edition of Education Insider is available now.

    Read on for news and reactions. Read more

  • By Austin Dannhaus and Rachel Vessey Gibson
    May 29, 2012

    According to a recent report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, over 20% of American adults have read an e-book in the last year. When asked about their use of e-content more broadly, nearly 43% of Americans age 16 and older say they have either read an e-book or other online long-form content, such as online magazines or journals. Clearly digital reading is no longer “novel.” Read more

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