SIIA is excited to release the second state policy profile in our Around the Nation series –Doing Business in New York Schools. These reports provide a guide to the many state policies, regulations and programs impacting educational institutions and agencies, and their service providers. The report follows the SIIA Ed Policy Forum’s recent NY webinar.
The report was produced by the Ed Policy Forum, a project of SIIA’s Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN). The Ed Policy Forum produces key reports and analysis – turning government policy into actionable market intelligence. With use of this state profile, SIIA members will be able to better inform their business development and sales teams on the driving forces behind New York school decision-making.
New York has implemented a number of new programs and key policy initiatives with significant impact on the sector. Driving most of the change in the state has been the adoption of the Common Core State Standards in 2010 and more recently the Next Generation Science Standards in 2013. More recently, two multi-billion dollar programs were approved in 2014 – a five-year $1.5 billion pre-K expansion program and a $2 billion bond that includes school technology as a primary use of funds.
In addition, state assessments and school curriculum have been revamped to match the new standards, and greater flexibility has been awarded to schools to use their categorical state instructional materials funding freely between physical and digital content, software and hardware. To accommodate the spreading use of school technologies and possible computerized assessment offerings, the state is making large investments in improving its broadband infrastructure.
SIIA members can find the full report here. Additionally, members can find an in-depth summary and analysis of the state’s 2014 student data privacy law on the Ed Policy Forum, as well as a Texas state report with Florida and Ohio to be released in the next two months.