Policy Matters

Policy Matters interviews explore the thoughts behind actions that various state and district leaders have taken to improve aspects of the educational system and the role that research plays in decision making.

Former Senior Vice President of the National Charter Schools Alliance Todd Ziebarth joins CPRE Co-Director Jonathan Supovitz for a conversation around the future of charter schools in the United States, the benefits and challenges that come with charter schools, and his work at the National Charter Schools Alliance.

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Director of Advocacy, Amanda Karhuse at the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) shares how ESSA state plans have sought to include up to 3% Title II for school leader professional learning for school principals.  NASSP is working with states and dsitricts to track and anlyze which programs and activities are being funding.

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Elizabeth Lodal, a Virginia State Board of Education member, joins CPRE Co-Director Jonathan Supovitz to converse around how Virginia's policymakers are working to determine what types of traits and skills students who are going through their educational system should acquire by the time they graduate. 

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Iowa State Board Member Brooke Axiotis spoke with CPRE Knowledge Hub Director Bobbi Newman about the instillation of Iowa's Early Warning System in Reading to help facilitate student growth in reading at a young age. 

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Reg Leichty joins Policy Matters to talk through Title 1 requirements and a potential fifth indicator in ESSA, as well as the status of the Strengthening Education through Research Act. 

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Martha Harris, Chair of the Maine State Board of Education, joins CPRE Co-Director Jonathan Supovitz for a Policy Matters interview, delving into the state's plans to continue building out their career and technical education offerings as well as the need for regulation in the state's charter schools.

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Massachusetts’ Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester discusses his state's comprehensive assessment system which combines the MCAS and PARCC exam. Commissioner Chester also puts  the 2015 Massachusetts PISA scores into perspective and discusses the transition process of standards in Massachusetts.  

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Kristen Amundson, President and CEO of the National Association for State Boards of Education, joins CPRE Co-Director Jonathan Supovitz for a conversation about the current education policy landscape and the increasing power and authority that State Boards of Education hold across the country.

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Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera goes into the details of the state's plans to meet the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Secretary Rivera explains the state's main goal: creating conditions that allow students to succeed as learners. 

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Executive Director of the Delaware State Board of Education Donna Johnson joins CPRE Co-Director Jonathan Supovitz for a Policy Matters interview in which she talks about Delaware's specific goals for improving equity in the state, and the district report card system that received applause from the White House.

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Arkansas State Board Executive Committee Chair Jay Barth joins CPRE Knowledge Hub Director Bobbi Newman for a conversation about science standards in Arkansas.

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James Applegate, formerly the Executive Director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, joins Policy Matters to considers the biggest questions that Illinois is currently grappling with in higher education policy, including closing the achievement gap, making college more affordable, and increasing adult participation and completion in the state's higher education system.

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Michigan Department of Education State Board Member Eileen Weiser speaks to the unique challenges facing Michigan's education system, the tie between student growth and community development, and the top ten things that districts can do to work towards their goals.

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CPRE Co-Director Jonathan Supovitz interviews Alabama State Senator Joyce Elliot, National Council for State Legislatures' Michelle Exstrom, and Wisconsin State Senator Luther Olsen about NCSL's "No Time to Lose" report, in which education in other nations is considered and implications for the American education system are acknowledged. The report can be read here: http://www.ncsl.org/documents/educ/Edu_International_FinaI_V2.pdf

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President of the Education Commission of the States Jeremy Anderson discusses changes in elected education officials across the states in the 2016 election and how these changes may affect education policies. He also talks about Education Commission of the States newly released report K-3 Policymakers' Guide to Action: Making the early years count and the efforts to be made by the Education Commission of the States to assist states in implementing suggested policies.

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CEO of the Education Trust Kati Haycock discusses education equity in terms of data, suggested policies for states, and focus areas for states with the enactment of ESSA.

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This latest Policy Matters video features former Kentucky State Superintendent Terry Holliday reflecting on the Kentucky Plan and its five specific goals he instilled at the state level, how ESSA is impacting educator evaluations, and the creative ways he made research a part of policy.

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CPRE Co-Director Jonathan Supovitz sits down with the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's Parent Representative, Mary Ann Stewart about the ins and outs of serving as the bridge between constituents in the state and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, the process of choosing the state standardized tests that are distributed to students, and more.

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Kansas State Board of Education Member Sally Cauble talks about the benefits and challenges that comes with increased autonomy at the state level, as well her her work in creating a groundswell of community engagement in Kansas.

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