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6/29/2016

6/29/2016

In addition to its existing support for students in grades 3–12, Lexia RAPID Assessment is now being offered for those in kindergarten through second grade. RAPID is a computer-adaptive assessment that screens for reading and language skills, identifies instructional needs and focus, and measures skill development and growth.

6/29/2016

Detroit schools have long been in decline academically and financially. But over the past five years, divisive politics and educational ideology and a scramble for money have combined to produced a public education fiasco. The original idea of fostering academic competition has resulted in lots of choices but not many good choices.

6/29/2016

A state regulation mandating a minimum amount of recess for kids in schools is one of the bills signed by Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo. The “recess bill” orders public or state-managed elementary or lower schools to give kids at least 20 consecutive minutes of supervised, safe, and unstructured free play recess each day.

6/29/2016

It’s not uncommon for teachers to move on to new concepts even when some are still struggling with what's being covered. Educators are working to solve this problem with some moving to competency based learning systems that let kids set the pace. Others try to get students working independently part of the time while giving focused attention to others.

6/29/2016

Gov. Bruce Rauner unveiled a revamped stopgap budget proposal aimed at ensuring that schools open on time and most state government operations stay afloat until the end of the year. However, the proposal does not contain a big boost in funding for Chicago Public Schools sought by Democratic leaders.

6/29/2016

Charter schools, which have recently come under scrutiny for high suspension rates, need to rethink school disciplinary practices, U.S. Secretary of Education John King says.

6/29/2016

The da Vinci miniMaker is a beginner-friendly 3D printer designed for STEM and STEAM education. Parents, teachers, and students with a da Vinci product also have access to XYZprinting’s Educational Ecosystem, which includes 3D printing-based curricula and corresponding projects.

6/29/2016

A lack of hard data and conflicting views on safety measures make it difficult to assess whether school violence is in fact increasing—and whether those measures are actually effective. Some observers worry that the absence of concrete information and confusion over the amount of violence in schools are hindering efforts to reduce violence and bullying.

6/29/2016

The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that the bill passed last week to fix problems with the state's school funding formula is acceptable. The ruling means there won't be a court-ordered shutdown of the schools on July 1.

6/28/2016

6/28/2016

Backers of an initiative designed to boost Oregon's low high school graduation rate turned in signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot. Their proposal would earmark state funding to give high schools an average of $800 per student to spend on approaches to boost graduation rates, including academic and social support for potential dropouts.

6/28/2016

Ohio has already benefited from improvements enacted last year with failing charter schools closing at a faster clip. A National Alliance of Public Charter Schools report makes the case for further advances, especially for an Ohio long ridiculed for its weak charter schools. We need a legislature determined to ensure that online charter schools deliver high quality education.

6/28/2016

Sharing is a lesson taught early in schools. Now Pennsylvania lawmakers want the school leaders to learn it themselves. A few days after two Lancaster County school districts agreed to share a superintendent next year, lawmakers are considering a proposal to incentivize such arrangements aimed at saving costs.

6/28/2016

The HMH Field Trips for Google Expeditions for K12 students currently includes four field trips aligned to select HMH science and social studies curriculum, which are now available via the Google Expeditions Android app. More than 20 additional HMH Field Trips, as well as iOS availability of the Expeditions app, are planned for release over the coming months.

6/28/2016

​Noel N. Schmidt, who currently serves as the Central Lake Middle School principal in White Bear Lake, has been named by the Virginia School Board to be the district's new superintendent. He replaces Deron Stender, who will lead the Clarinda School District in Iowa.

6/28/2016

Prior to the November 2014 vote to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon, many voters worried that increased use by teens would ensue. Fast forward nearly two years. The percentage of kids in Colorado that used pot in the past month went down 4 percent from 2009 to 2015.

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