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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?
(@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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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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(@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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(@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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(@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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(@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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(@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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(@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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(@rnprnp)

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Students with disabilities

Do not remove accountability for students with disabilities by requiring reporting of only large groups (few parents of SWD care if there are only 3 or 5 people reported since larger numbers mean that schools can continue to deny FAPE and discriminate without accountability), by exempting alternative schools (in which many if not most are SWD who have been denied FAPE) from reconstitution, by continuing to believe what ...more »

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(@ajenniferpage)

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Race to the Top Funds Should Not Be Spent on Test Prep Materials

Many psychometricians have argued that certain forms of preparation lead to "test score pollution"—that is, they invalidate the results of standardized tests. (All sorts of studies showing this were done in the early '90s; in the current educational climate, this is a forgotten issue.) Nevertheless, many schools see the implementation of K-12 commercial test preparation curriculums as a more immediately efficacious ...more »

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(@ajenniferpage)

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Don't Test Reading

Many schools-—especially ones in low-income areas—-have realized that there's a more efficient input towards the goal of maximizing testing performance than teaching academic subjects in a way that is rigorous and meaningful. This more efficient input is—test taking strategies! Strategic test-taking involves a different set of actions than does reading and enjoying a chapter book—or reading, enjoying, and writing about ...more »

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(@silona)

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post public documents online and citable to a paragraph level

WHAT Urge governments to publish granular permalinks for all documents on their websites. WHY * Enable citizens to reliably cite government websites on their personal blogs, on public sites like Wikipedia, or elsewhere. * Provide unique identifiers that enable aggregation of citations. * Make the civic discourse surrounding government websites more discoverable. HOW * An easy-to-deploy archival ...more »

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