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Coding from kindergarten to graduation

Districts expand computer science instruction to give students critical job skills

State laws unclear when families opt out of tests

Some states allow families to opt out for religious or disability reasons, while others mandate tests but have no consequences for non-participation

Magnet schools make a comeback

Districts rejuvenate specialized, themed programs to promote student success

Survey: Most districts use cloud services

More than 65 percent of IT leaders say their district now uses productivity tools such as Google Apps for Education

Peer coaching supports teachers

Using instructional coaching to improve teacher effectiveness

Social media monitoring raises thorny legal questions

While there’s probably no criminal liability, comprehensive monitoring could put schools in difficult positions

On alert, online

More districts watch social media for posts in which students threaten others or themselves--and take action

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