A good article regarding the evolving use of data by school districts.  A quote:

Now, the bulk of student data is housed in a consolidated student-information system that teachers can use to create assessments, score them, and get the results analyzed immediately, giving them the power to adjust their teaching based on what they’re seeing and analyzing in real time. Gone are the days of waiting weeks, or even months, to get data about student academic performance.

“It’s had a huge impact,” said Dan Grossnicklaus, the student-information-systems manager for the 11,000-student district. “In the past, the results were more like an autopsy—not much you can do after the fact. Now there can be an intervention before a student leaves the class.”

This further shows the importance of data in education, and why Tribes and TEDs need to have streamlined access to that data to support their students.  FERPA was recently amended, but it still generally does not allow Tribes and TEDs to access data without a prior consent form.

BIA has issued a News Release regarding the government shutdown.  BIA and BIE has indicated that limited services will be provided during the shutdown.  With regard to education, the News Release states:

Funding for school operations is forward funded; therefore, Bureau of Indian Education activities will continue during the lapse in operations. All BIE funded schools, including Haskell Indian Nations University and Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute, will remain open; BIE will maintain staff required to provide a safe and secure environment for students; transportation and maintenance of schools will continue; tribally-contracted school operations are forward funded and will remain open. The BIE provides education services to approximately 41,000 Indian students through 183 schools and dormitories and provides funding to 31 colleges, universities and post-secondary school.

Additional information on Indian Affairs’ contingency plan for operations during the government shutdown can be found at: http://www.doi.gov/shutdown.

The Department of Education, along with other agencies, has developed a contingency plan in the event of a government shutdown.  The plan can be seen here.  The other agency contingency plans, including BIA and BIE, can be seen here.

A quote from the Department of Education’s plan:

As set forth in this plan, the Department would furlough over 90 percent of its total staff level for the first week of such a lapse. During this first week, we would maintain only those excepted functions related to the discharge of the duties of Presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed individuals;those employees charged with the protection of life and property; and, as appropriate, the obligation, payment, and support of student financial aid as well as other authorized payments and obligations.

A prior post on this issue can be seen here.  Another ED Week article on the issue can be seen here.

Quinton Roman Nose, TEDNA’s Executive Director, was quoted in a recent article in Indian Country Today.  The article, Native Education Situation Dire, Says Report; Sequestration Not Helping, highlights The Education Trust’s recent report, The State of Education for Native Students.  A quote from the article:

Quinton Roman Nose, executive director of the Tribal Education Departments National Assembly, said the report paints a dire picture that Indian education experts have long been asking the federal government to heed and change for the better. He believes the information presented in the report offers a starting point for more research as to why there has been little progress under the Obama administration for Native students. “I wish there were more information regarding local partnerships between tribes, local education agencies and state education agencies,” Roman Nose added. “The recent State Tribal Education Partnership grant has awarded four grants to have tribal education agencies partner with local education agencies and state education agencies in developing selected title programs from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.”


Education Week has a good article outlining the fiscal face off and education’s role.  The article is entitled Education’s Role in the Fiscal Face Off.  A quote:

The budget uncertainty that education advocates and school districts have lived with for the past two years doesn’t seem likely to go away anytime soon. The across-the-board cuts known as “sequestration” that went into effect last March are still in place. And now, a spending showdown driven by conservative Republicans in Congress over whether to defund the president’s landmark health-care law means a government shutdown could be in the offing. Plus, there’s likely to be yet another fight in October over raising the federal debt ceiling. Here’s a handy guide to what’s happened so far and what to watch for.