The DQC reports on student data privacy legislation


In September 2015, the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) issued a report on the status of state and federal student data privacy legislation. The report assesses and summarizes the national discussion surrounding the collection, use, management, and disclosure of student data and the legislative efforts to effectively use student data to facilitate learning while protecting student privacy. [More]

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GAO issues report on value-based purchasing


The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an interim report to Congress on October 1, 2015 regarding the Medicare hospital value-based purchasing (HVBP) program. The report shows continuing year-to-year improvements in quality of care for the 3,000 Medicare inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) hospitals participating in the HVBP program, but HVBP payment adjustments have not yet accelerated the rate of improvement. [More]


TC wins background check system work in Washington


PCG Technology Consulting (TC) was awarded a new contract to provide quality assurance support to the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) background check system project. [More]


ED and DOJ announce completion of the EL Tool Kit


On September 21, 2015, officials of the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) issued a joint press release to announce the completion of the English Learner (EL) Tool Kit. The Tool Kit is a companion to the EL Guidance released by ED and DOJ in January and contains resources to help educators support the academic success of ELs. [More]


U.S. House gains standing in ACA lawsuit against Administration


On September 9, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia held that the U.S. House of Representatives has standing to pursue a lawsuit against the Obama Administration for the alleged use of unappropriated funds to implement a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). [More]


Medicaid/CHIP Enrollments Approach 72 Million


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released an August 31, 2015 report examining the impact of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Reported data shows that 29 jurisdictions (28 States and the District of Columbia) which implemented Medicaid expansion under the ACA by June 2015 saw, on average, a 29.69 percent increase in Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollments for June 2015 compared to their average monthly enrollments in the July through September 2013 baseline period. [More]


HHS Updates Exchange Enrollment Data


On September 8, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a report showing that 9,949,079 individuals, who had obtained private insurance coverage through health insurance exchanges/marketplaces in 2015, actually enrolled in the plans and were paying the premiums for coverage as of June 30, 2015. [More]


ESEA reauthorization will be a high priority as Congress resumes


After a summer hiatus, Congress resumed this month and reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education ACT (ESEA) is expected to be a high priority. In July 2015, the House and Senate each passed bills with differing views on ESEA reauthorization; a joint education conference has been convened to begin efforts to reconcile the differences between the two bills. [More]


PCG TC wins two major contract re-ups


PCG Technology Consulting (PCG TC) was awarded two new contracts in August to continue to provide Independent Verification & Validation (IV&V) services to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and business and operations support services to the California state-based health insurance marketplace, known as Covered California. [More]


PCG Education Launches Paths to College and Career: A Comprehensive 6-12 English Language Arts Curriculum


August 26, 2015 (Boston, M.A.) – PCG Education is pleased to announce the release of its Paths to College and Career English Language Arts Curriculum for grades 6-12. Through its recent partnership with John Wiley and Sons, Inc., PCG Education will offer the curriculum in print and digital formats to educators nationally. Paths to College and Career is the next generation of rigorous Common Core instructional materials. With engaging learning activities for students, helpful guidance for teachers, and a suite of tools to ensure student success, Paths is the first program for grades 6-12 that is built from scratch to support students’ achievement of today’s more rigorous learning standards. [More]

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