National Journal kicks off the new year by asking about congressional policy priorities.  My brief on the run (after red eye) response follows.

Congress should take advantage of the tremendous reform momentum that RttT has created by waiting, watching, and learning. When they do take up reauthorization, they should incorporate the RttT framework and many of its competitive aspects.

Second, congress should note the tremendous growth of online learning inside and outside of traditional schools and the important role that the private sector plays in supporting them.

The combination of the two is the beginning of an innovation agenda that values measurement, effectiveness, and choice.

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Tom Vander Ark is author of Better Together, Smart Parents, Smart Cities, Getting Smart and The Power of Place. He is co-founder of Getting Smart and Learn Capital and serves on the boards of Education Board Partners, 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, Latinx Education Collaborative, Mastery Transcript Consortium and eduInnovation. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.


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