New Survey: Policy Insiders Forecast Biden Education Agenda

Yahoo Finance

Thomas Rodgers
December 10, 2020
Whiteboard Advisors’ asked policymakers, staff, advocates to predict the timing of K-12 and higher education policy shifts; student loan forgiveness, K-12 testing, and Title IX changes likely, survey finds
WASHINGTONDec. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Whiteboard Advisors, a unique strategy consulting, research, and communications firm focused on the intersection of education and economic mobility, today released the latest edition of its Education Insider survey, which asks policymakers, staff, and advocates to predict when and whether the Biden administration will make changes to 14 education policies that do not require Congressional action. Insiders were also asked to identify other education policy issues to watch over the coming year.
Among the highlights from the survey:
  • Changes to State Assessment & Accountability: Seventy-eight percent of Insiders expect the Biden administration to issue waivers and/or guidance to allow states to adjust their approved state assessment and accountability programs within the first six months.
  • Desegregation: Twenty-two percent of Insiders expect the Biden administration to reinstate desegregation guidance within the first six months, while 44 percent expect it during the first year.
  • Student Loan Forgiveness: More than half (56 percent) of Insiders expect the Biden administration to take action to allow forgiveness of some amount of federal student loans for qualifying individuals within the first six months. Twenty-five percent believe student loan forgiveness will not happen at all.