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What information and high-value data should we provide to make our agency more accountable, improve public knowledge of our work, and create economic opportunity? How can we make information and data available in a timely and accessible manner?
(@adamm.smith)

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Universal district maps

I'd love see all of the local school districts overlaid, as polygons, on a Google map. It is hard enough just to get to view the exact boundaries of our local districts, so trying to draw conclusions about the layout of neighboring districts becomes near impossible, let alone making comparative studies across regions. If district bounds were available as a standard data-set, third parties could mash up other data layers ...more »

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(@adamm.smith)

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Schema (data format) for student performance records

Come up with a relatively general-purpose schema for encoding records of a student's performance in a sharable data format. The schema should be flexible enough to support some local customization by institutions but rigid enough to allow instant import of foreign sources. This schema should be paired with anonymization guidelines so that institutions can feel comfortable exposing this data to the public and other bodies. ...more »

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(@adamm.smith)

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Adopt longitudinal studies core practice.

Several other ideas in this list question the efficacy of traditional grades, but how are we to be sure one way or another? The obvious answer is to control with randomized longitudinal studies that follow select students through their entire educational career. These studies let you make meaningful (though qualitative) comparisons across grades and institutions and are a source of ideas numerical approaches aren't designed ...more »

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(@jaorangemen)

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The Department of Education should live webcast all meetings

The Department of Education should live webcast all meetings for proposed rule making and regulations where the public comment should take place. They should make these meetings available for on demand viewing and have the ability to have that content be indexed for video search. By doing this the public and stakeholders will be able to see the inner workings of the rule making process and make the content and proceedings ...more »

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(@jenniferatwood)

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Renaissance in Education rebirth of Arts/Woodshop/Home Economics

In order for our children to compete with the rest of the world we need to bring back the valuable subjects of Art, Woodshop, and Home Economics. We need to teach our children how to create with their hands. Did you know the Arts teach kids to be more tolerant and open. - allow kids to express themselves creatively. - promote individuality and bolsters self-confidence. - provide an alternative to delinquent behavior ...more »

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(@derrickjohnson)

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The Recon Project

I would propose the ability to allow society to vote on the issues at hand. In an era where the majority has the internet (email,facebook), a cell phone, or landline we no longer need Neilson polls, and News statistics, we have the ability to vote and have our say be heard and accountable. Our politicians have the means to actually represent there constituents. A voter should be able to have an account where they can ...more »

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National program evaluation data should be public-access

Too many national program evaluations are conducted by contractors who hold the data to themselves, when it's taxpayers who foot the bill, and one evaluation may be idiosyncratic or have methodological weaknesses. If we have a national program evaluation, evaluators must be obligated to provide the USDOE with an archivable copy of key data (made anonymous to protect privacy of individuals whose data was collected) that ...more »

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(@venus.mkultra)

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List of Names Online

I want to see the names of the people on the Boards who are ruining our schools. I want to see the names of the all the people in the administration. I want to see the names of people who supported the No Child Left Behind Act. In my area in Oregon these people have trashed school completely. The senior project is a bunch of crap too. What are you doing, preparing them for their future enslavement? How is it even legal ...more »

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(@coleman4218)

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Part Time Education Workers

I work in a local communinity college. For the four years that I have worked at this college, I have basically did a full time job on a part time job basis. There have been several times that my director approached the appropriate offices to ask that I be placed in a full time capacity so that I would have the time needed to complete the assigned work in the scheduled time alotments given, especially during quarterly ...more »

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(@rlb.contact)

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Impact of educational loans/grants to older college students

I am an older disabled student who is returning to graduate school to earn my Master in Social Work. I was concerned about how federally guaranteed student loans might affect my eligibility for Medicaid and SSI. As you know there is an income limit before you loose both your Medicaid and ssi/ssdi assistance. Medicaid is critical for my health and ability to continue my education and move towards meaningful and independent ...more »

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(@chris.chiller)

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State University oversight

I Would suggest that a phased in program of limiting federal money for states that decline to put the supervision of their university system in the hands of professional educators or, at the very least elected officials. Currently, many states have a board of Regents composed of retired business people who Are there as a reward for political support and who serve long enough to collect a pension without making any obvious ...more »

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(@watchdogs)

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Post Determinations for all LEAs on IDEA Implementation

Every state is required to make an annual determination regarding implemenation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for every local educational agency (LEA) within the state. Based on guidance from USED, states have not made these annual determinations available to the public. USED should (1) instruct all states to post annual LEA determinations on their state dept. of education web sites - in an ...more »

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(@sappell)

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Making USDOE Programs Work

1. Make public, rapidly, all USDOE program offices' work, including correspodence, re requiring SEAs to correct negative audit findings, especially those related to USDOE-funded program implementation and SEAs' objections to corrective action recommendations. Make public, rapidly, USDOE assessments of actual SEA implementation of corrective actions. Stop blindly accepting SEA assurances that they have actually implemented ...more »

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(@rmgarcia10)

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Special Education Funds

School Districts should be held accountable on how they spend federal and state funding on special education students. The special education students with learning disabilities performance should be reflected in the school district's performance as a whole. An IEP should not determine how much funds an SD will spend on a child, since 99% of the time the child does not receive the services even with an IEP in place.

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