Assignment: understand the state department of education/higher

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This week, you will examine the state’s role in educational policy at the PK-12 or higher education level.

Access the website for your state’s department of PK-12 education or  higher education based on your professional preference. Every state  should have a website for each of these organizations. Some example of PK-12 and higher education state department sites are provided in the resources for this week. 

In this assignment, you will compare and contrast state education  policy at either the PK-12 or higher education level by accessing  websites for three states. One of the states must be your own  and the other states must be bordering your state (or at least in your  region of the U.S.—Hawaii and Alaska residents may choose any other two  states). International students may choose a state that they would like  to visit plus 2 bordering states; or select 3 regions from their  location.

For this two-part assignment you will address the following:

Part I:

Write at least one paragraph for each state noting the following—What  is each state saying about policy? Legislative news? What seems to be  the focus or what seems to be important?

In your next paragraphs, compare and contrast the states. You may  focus on areas of emphasis or areas of disagreement or discrepancy. In  other words, what is the policy related items that you saw for one state  that you didn’t see for another state?

Part II:

Find a news article from your state or local news or a video in which  the leader of your states department of PK-12 or higher education has  been interviewed or is making a statement. What is the leader saying?  Write 1-2 paragraphs discussing what the leader has stated, how that  relates to any policy initiatives or news items on the state’s website,  how you view the leader’s comments, and the impact of that leader on  your state.

This should be simple to do using the state of Kansas an example.  Let’s assume that you are conducting Part I of this assignment from the  state of Kansas as a PK-12 educator. As of summer 2018, the commissioner  of education is Randy Watson. Here is an example of an article in which  he issues public comments:

Hancock, P. (2017, October 18). Kansas schools may no longer group students by grade level as part of plan to remake education system. [Blog].

Note: If you are unable to find a resource to complete this  assignment for your state, you may use another state. Please note to  your instructor that you have had to use another state.

Length: 3-5 pages not including reference pages

Resources: Support your paper with at least 2-4 scholarly resources. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources may be included. 

Your assignment should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the  ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and  insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should  reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere  to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.

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