March-April 2015 Education Insider: ESEA Timing, Common Core Testing Consortia, Student Data Privacy, Competency-Based Education, and Private Sector Involvement

For our 2015 March-April Education Insider survey, as asked Insiders to provide insight into a range a K-12 and higher education policy topics, including Common Core testing consortia, ESEA reauthorization timing, student data privacy legislation, competency based education, and the role of the private sector in education.

Here is a snapshot of some of the key findings:

  • A majority of Insiders (52%) now believe ESEA will not be reauthorized before December 2016.
  • Insiders are optimistic about the future of Common Core despite state efforts by some states to repeal Common Core and/or remove the state from participation in one of the two testing consortia. 61% of Insiders believe PARCC is on the right track; 65% believe the same about SBAC. 70% of Insiders believe 20 or more states continue to participate in one of the two testing consortia over the next 2-3 years.
  • 54% of Insiders believe federal student data privacy legislation will be enacted while Obama is in office, down slightly from 62% in Februrary. A plurality of Insiders believe support for legislation is broad-based, while others caution that there is only agreement on the need for action and not for specific legislation.
  • 67% of Insiders believe there is a strong need for accreditation reform at the federal level.
  • Neatly two-thirds of Insiders think that small private colleges and universities are most ask exposed to pressure from new models in higher education.

You can download the full report below.