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06/04/14: Feds OK 1-Year Grace Period on Mississippi School Rating System

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) granted a one-year waiver on Mississippi's school and district rating system for the 2013-14 school year as the state moves to Common Core State Standards.

06/04/14: Common Core Standards Well-Known, Widely Supported in Washington, Poll Finds

A telephone survey of 900 adult residents of Washington state by the Partnership for Learning reveals that 44 percent are familiar with the Common Core State Standards, and of those respondents, 69 percent support them.

06/10/14: FTC Voices Concern for Potential Sale of Student Data by ConnectEdu

The Federal Trade Commission sent a letter of concern to the court handling the bankruptcy case of education technology company, ConnectEdu.

06/10/14: USED Releases Overview of Data Inventory Beta Site

The Department of Education released an overview explaining its Data Inventory site that includes data collected as part of grant activities, along with statistical data collected about the state of U.S. education.

06/10/14: FTC Releases, "Data Brokers: A Call for Transparency and Accountability" Report

The FTC published the results of its study of nine data brokers and found that there is a lack of transparency and accountability as well as a need for Congressional legislation.

06/09/14: Public Sector Increased Interest in Chief Privacy Officer Role

Chief Privacy Officers (CPOs) already exist in the private sector and Federal government and now are appearing at the state level as well.

06/10/14: CCSSO Leading Refresh of Model Standards for Education Leaders

CCSSO and the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) are leading an effort to refresh model standards for education leaders so leaders are better able to improve student achievement and meet new, higher expectations.

05/14/14: SETDA Releases Technology Requirements Guide for Online Assessments

SETDA launches resource for districts to plan for technology needs related to online assessments.

05/06/14: National School Boards Association and Council of School Attorneys Release Guidelines and Best Practices for Student Data Privacy

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) and Council of School Attorneys (COSA) published a question and answer reference document for districts to use as they consider the policy and legal implications around the protection of student data.

05/05/14: White House Working Group on Big Data and Privacy Proposes Policy Recommendation on Data Collection of Student Information

On May 1, the Big Data and Privacy Working Group released a report on their findings and policy recommendations after completing a 90-day review at the direction of the President.