Guidance: Digital Economy Bill Overview

The Digital Economy Bill introduces measures to modernise our climate for enterprise, ensuring that Britain remains at the forefront of the global 21st century economy. It will:
empower consumers and provide better connectivity so that everyone has access to broadband wherever they live
build a better infrastructure fit for the digital future
enable better public services using digital technologies
provide important protections for citizens from spam email and nuisance calls and protect children from online pornography

Guidance: Digital Economy Bill Part 6: Ofcom and Other Regulation

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Official Statistics: Quarterly reports on the import of unlicensed medicines

Use this report if you want detailed information on the import of unlicensed medicines. The reports contain:
statistical data on the volume of import notifications under SI 2012/1916
the most frequently notified products (by generic name)
performance statistics for the notification system
updates on important topics
Previous reports are available on the National Archives website.

Release of Final CEIV Mandatory Performance Framework (MPF) Documents

RESTON, Va. – Jan. 24, 2017 – PRLog — Certified in Entity and Intangible Valuations TM (CEIV TM) credential holders will be required to comply with the Mandatory Performance Framework (MPF), ensuring confidence in the consistency and transparency in their work. The MPF is a practical, non-authoritative framework that defines the level of documentation and performance necessary to provide supportable and auditable fair value measurements. The purpose of the Framework is to provide valuation professionals with guidance on “how much” documentation is required when performing fair value measurements of businesses, business interests, intangible assets, certain liabilities, and inventory for financial reporting purposes. View final Mandatory Performance Framework and Application of the Mandatory Performance Framework documents here.
Why Partner with ASA for the CEIV credential?Partnering with ASA and earning the CEIV credential not only demonstrates your knowledge and experience as an expert in entity and intangible asset valuations, but also showcases your dedication to consistent and transparent fair value measurements. It also provides you with immediate access to the Society’s superior education, leading conferences and valuable member benefits—all from one of the world’s most renowned and respected international organization devoted to the appraisal profession.
Obtaining the CEIV Credential is as Easy as 1, 2, 3!ASA members—get a better understanding on how to prepare for the new certification requirements. Visit the new online CEIV Credential web portal.
Not a member yet?—get a head start now and join ASA. Visit ASA online (http://www.appraisers.org/Membership/join-asa) or contact ASA at (800) 272-8258 or asainfo@appraisers.org.
To receive important CEIV program updates sign up at: CEIV@appraisers.org, or follow the conversation at: #CEIVcredential.
For more information visit ASA Online (http://www.appraisers.org/credentials/ceiv-certification) or call (800) 272-8258.

Release of Final CEIV Mandatory Performance Framework (MPF) Documents

RESTON, Va. – Jan. 24, 2017 – PRLog — Certified in Entity and Intangible Valuations TM (CEIV TM) credential holders will be required to comply with the Mandatory Performance Framework (MPF), ensuring confidence in the consistency and transparency in their work. The MPF is a practical, non-authoritative framework that defines the level of documentation and performance necessary to provide supportable and auditable fair value measurements. The purpose of the Framework is to provide valuation professionals with guidance on “how much” documentation is required when performing fair value measurements of businesses, business interests, intangible assets, certain liabilities, and inventory for financial reporting purposes. View final Mandatory Performance Framework and Application of the Mandatory Performance Framework documents here.
Why Partner with ASA for the CEIV credential?Partnering with ASA and earning the CEIV credential not only demonstrates your knowledge and experience as an expert in entity and intangible asset valuations, but also showcases your dedication to consistent and transparent fair value measurements. It also provides you with immediate access to the Society’s superior education, leading conferences and valuable member benefits—all from one of the world’s most renowned and respected international organization devoted to the appraisal profession.
Obtaining the CEIV Credential is as Easy as 1, 2, 3!ASA members—get a better understanding on how to prepare for the new certification requirements. Visit the new online CEIV Credential web portal.
Not a member yet?—get a head start now and join ASA. Visit ASA online (http://www.appraisers.org/Membership/join-asa) or contact ASA at (800) 272-8258 or asainfo@appraisers.org.
To receive important CEIV program updates sign up at: CEIV@appraisers.org, or follow the conversation at: #CEIVcredential.
For more information visit ASA Online (http://www.appraisers.org/credentials/ceiv-certification) or call (800) 272-8258.

Bluedrop Performance Learning Sets Date for Fiscal Year 2016 Results Conference Call

ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bluedrop Performance Learning “Bluedrop” (TSX-V: BPL), will release its
fiscal year 2016 financial results on January 30th, 2017
after market close in North America. The company will discuss its
results on a conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET on January 31st,
2017.

Date: Tuesday January 31st, 2017Time:
8:30 a.m. ETToll-free: (866) 521-4909 | International:
(647) 427-2311

A replay of the fiscal year 2016 results call will be available at:(800)
585-8367 or (416) 621-4642 (conference ID number 55374728) from January
31st, 2017 at 11:15 a.m. ET through February 14th,
2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Edmentum™ and NWEA™ Expand Partnership to Provide Results-Driven, Adaptive Learning Paths for Individual Students

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Edmentum,
a leading provider of web-based learning solutions, and Northwest
Evaluation Association™ (NWEA™), the global, not-for-profit
educational services organization, are expanding their partnership to
give schools and districts flexibility to leverage tools they are
currently using to meet individual student needs. The enhanced
partnership will link individual student results on NWEA’s Measures of
Academic Progress® (MAP®) growth assessments with Edmentum’s new K–6
Individualized Learning Solution.

“We know that every school is at a different place in their technology
adoption, and we strive to provide our customers with more flexibility
and choices for their unique implementations,” said Edmentum CEO Rob
Rueckl. “We are committed to saving teachers time by delivering quality
solutions that help them positively impact student success. Because MAP
growth assessments provide detailed and individualized data on what each
student knows and is ready to learn, it is a natural and valuable fit
with our solutions. Through this partnership we are excited to continue
to find innovative ways to make learning more seamless and ultimately
help educators personalize instruction for all of their students.”

These two education technology leaders began their partnership in 2012,
linking MAP growth assessment results to Edmentum’s practice and
classroom assessment solution, Study Island. This new expansion allows
for NWEA’s premium assessment data to be integrated with Edmentum’s
Individualized Learning Solution. Edmentum’s new solution is designed to
provide targeted reinforcement in math, reading, and language arts
through high-quality content, ongoing progress monitoring, and
actionable data.

“NWEA believes that assessment should inform instruction, so we’ve
designed MAP to provide precise, reliable, and valid data on each
student, and to integrate with exceptional learning solutions like Study
Island and the new Individualized Learning Solution,” said NWEA CEO Matt
Chapman. “Our goal with these synergies is to help teachers maximize
each and every student’s academic potential.”

This integration will be accessible to any school or district using both
MAP growth assessments and Edmentum’s Individualized Learning Solution
starting in the 2017–18 school year.

About NWEA™Northwest Evaluation Association™ (NWEA™) is a
global not-for-profit educational services organization with nearly 40
years of expertise in providing innovative assessment solutions,
including our flagship interim growth assessment, Measures of Academic
Progress® (MAP®); our progress monitoring and skills mastery tool,
Skills Navigator®; and the OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA). More
than 8,500 schools, school districts, and education agencies in the US
and abroad trust us to offer pre-K – 12 assessments that accurately
measure student growth and inform instruction; professional development
that fosters educators’ ability to accelerate student learning; and
research that supports assessment validity and data interpretation.
Educators currently use NWEA assessments with over nine million students
worldwide. Visit NWEA.org to
find out how NWEA can partner with you to help all kids learn.

About Edmentum, Inc.Edmentum, Inc., is committed to making
it easier for educators to individualize learning for every student
through simple technology, high-quality content, and actionable data.
Founded in innovation, Edmentum’s powerful learning solutions blend
technology with individual teaching approaches. Edmentum is committed to
being educators’ most trusted partner in creating successful student
outcomes everywhere learning occurs. Built on 50 years of experience in
education, Edmentum solutions currently support educators and students
in more than 40,000 schools nationwide. For more information, visit edmentum.com.

DeVos doesn’t know the ABCs of public education

Betsy DeVos leaves education advocates even more worried about the future of public education policy under Trump Like much in Washington these days, there were two completely different and contrary narratives following Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos’ confirmation hearing last week.
Trump loyalists celebrated what appeared to be DeVos successful effort to keep from derailing her own confirmation, while public education advocates strengthen their belief that DeVos’ performance reiterated their worst fears about the pro-charter school champion.
But for her reference that guns might be needed in schools to fight off grizzly bears, the Republican Senate majority must be breathing a sigh of relief as they as prepare to confirm DeVos as the nation’s next election chief.

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On the other hand, educators and education advocates are reeling from a combination of frustration, incredulousness and downright anger having watched a hearing that revealed that DeVos lacks the fundamental experience and basic understanding of the issues one would want and expect in the person chosen to serve as the Secretary of the United States Department of Education.
On a wide variety of issues of concern to educators, parents and those who support public education, DeVos appeared ignorant of the law, unwilling to commit to implementing federal law or simply unwilling to answer questions about her agenda should she be confirmed.
In one of the most illuminating moments of the evening, HELP Committee ranking Democrat, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) asked DeVos, “Can you commit to us that you will not work to privatize public schools…?”
Although DeVos fundamentally ducked the retorting that she would strive to find “common ground” that would give parents “options,” she made it extremely clear that she would remain loyal to the charter school industry and those dedicated to privatizing significant segments of public education in the country.
In response to answer to her question, Murray wirily observed, “I take that as not being willing to commit to not privatizing public education.”
While DeVos’ dedication to charter schools, privatization and the notion of “school choice” was on full display, DeVos appeared to be surprisingly unprepared to answer a wide variety of the questions posed by senators on the committee.
In particular, DeVos’ answers proved that she is either unaware or unsupportive of many of the core policies, duties and functions of the education department such as the federal laws protecting special education students and those that restrain for-profit universities.
After failing to adequately answer Sen. Maggie Hassan’s (D-NH) question on IDEA, the federal law guaranteeing services to student who require special education services, the Senator spoke for many when she observed, “It’s not about your ‘sensitivity’, it’s about upholding laws.” 
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And then there was the back and forth with Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) in which DeVos was unable to explain the difference between proficiency and growth when it comes to the use of the corporate education reform movement’s beloved high-stakes Common Core standardized testing scheme.
Perhaps most surprising of all was DeVos’ failure to discuss her opinion of Title 1, the vitally important mechanism by which the federal government provides financial support to benefit the nation’s poorest students.
Summing up the feelings now held by many educators and education advocates, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), issued a statement after the hearing announcing that he would vote against the nomination of Betsy DeVos to serve as Education Secretary. Wyden stated,
“A bedrock principle of America’s public educational system is investing public money in schools meant to serve everyone, not siphoning off scarce taxpayer dollars to private or religious education. Unfortunately, the president-elect’s choice for Education Secretary has indicated she supports an approach that flies in the face of America’s long-time, commonsense investment in public education opportunities that recognizes education is an essential rung to climb the economic ladder. At her nomination hearing yesterday, Betsy DeVos also wavered on fundamental issues like keeping our students safe from gun violence, working to end sexual assault on college campuses, ensuring students with disabilities get a quality education and protecting all students against discrimination and harassment.”
For educators and education advocates, the message was painfully obvious. If Betsy DeVos becomes Secretary of Education, the department will be run by someone who not only lacks any meaningful experience with public schools, but is fundamentally opposed to the mission and scope of the nation’s traditional public education system. 
The confirmation process is designed to identify shortcoming and problems associated with nominees. 
Even putting DeVos right-wing, anti-LGBT legacy aside, those who support public schools have good reason to come away from her hearing with even more concern, fear and trepidation.
Pelto is a former state representative in Connecticut, and an education advocate. He is the founder and coordinator of the Education Bloggers Network, a confederation of more than 250 pro-public education bloggers from around the country. He was 2014 candidate for governor in Connecticut. Follow him on Twitter @jonathanpelto
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