The transition to digital learning requires updating legislation and policies to foster educational innovations, restructuring budgets for sustainable initiatives, and ensuring that all students have access to digital-age learning opportunities. North Carolina has already made important progress – for example Session Law 2013-12 (transition from funding textbooks to funding digital materials) and Session Law 2013-11 (develop and implement digital teaching and learning standards for teachers and school leaders) – but further work is needed.

Recommendations

Goals

Update State policies to provide support and flexibility for local digital learning innovations—including policies that support strategic staffing, mastery-based advancement, revised scheduling, and other innovations. School and district leaders report that State legislation and policies support innovation and that barriers have been removed. North Carolina is frequently cited as a national leader in digital learning innovations.
Provide guidance to help educators address privacy, security, copyright, and responsible use issues. Schools have minimal problems with the misuse of digital technologies; structures and systems are in place to effectively address any issues that do occur.
Develop new State and local funding models to support and sustain digital-age learning. Sustainable funding exists and allows for long-term planning.
Provide additional supports to ensure equity of digital learning opportunities for all students. Access to digital learning is addressed as part of the State’s responsibility to provide a sound basic education to all students.

Supporting Documents

Proposals for a State-Level Approach to Longer-Term Funding

Proposals for a State-Level Plan for Revising the Textbook Adoption Process

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation’s Digital Learning Plan for North Carolina, which was presented […]

Data Privacy Considerations and Current North Carolina Law and Policy