The Thomas B. Fordham Institute today launched “Education Reform for the Digital Era,” a new digital learning compilation of papers in its Creating Sound Policy for Digital Learning series.
“Education Reform for the Digital Era” takes a close look at the policies and practices needed to ensure the quality and success of the digital learning movement in order to avoid the mistakes of the charter school movement. The volume seeks to find effective ways to take online and blended schools to scale by addressing policy issues around quality control, staffing, funding, and governance for the digital sector.
We support the Digital Learning Now framework for state policy and have found these papers to align pretty well with the 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning.
The volume was written by Bryan C. Hassel, Emily Ayscue Hassel, Federick M. Hess, Tamara Butler Battaglino, Matt Haldeman, Eleanor Laurans, Paul T. Hill, and John E. Chubb with a foreword by Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Daniela Fairchild.
A copy is available as a downloadable PDF or ebook on Kindle, Nook, iPad or other ereader.
Here’s a review of Chubb’s governance paper: Overcoming the Governance Challenge in K-12 Online Learning
Here’s two reviews of Tammy Battaglino’s paper on the cost of online learning: The Cost of Online Learning? It Depends…, and New Report States Online Learning Is Two-Thirds the Cost
Here’s a review of the Hassel’s human capital piece and Paul Hill’s school finance paper, Creating Sound Policy For Digital Learning