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6/10/2015

6/10/2015

OpenEd expanded its formative assessment bank to include new assessments built from questions from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Assess2Know Benchmark Item Bank and Higher Learning Technology.

6/10/2015

Under the bill, elementary and secondary schools in the bottom five percent measured by the School Performance Profile would be forced to improve. If a school continues to underperform, it could risk falling under state control.

6/10/2015

Broward Schools is right to pass a liberalized policy for service pets, even though there will be a price to be paid for allowing pets in the classroom, no matter how well-trained and well-mannered they are. Some students will inevitably be distracted, some will be scared, some may suffer allergies.

6/10/2015

Although it has little chance of passing soon, a new bill calling for a three-year moratorium on new charter schools or expansions of existing charters in New Jersey is causing quite a ruckus nonetheless.

6/10/2015

It is critical that states enact school choice programs, such as the Nevada’s groundbreaking education savings accounts, that give all parents the ability to choose the best educational option for their children. Choice is a right for all, not just for some.

6/10/2015

Starting in the fall of 2015, all incoming kindergartners with mild autism will go to neighborhood schools instead of being placed in a specialized school. The change doesn't impact students already placed in personalized special education programs.

6/10/2015

Two Pennsylvania districts, Central Cambria School District and Gateway School District, have adopted the Student Management Suite from Skyward for scheduling, state reporting, student grading and more.

6/9/2015

6/9/2015

Tobii Dynavox, an assistive technology company for individuals with communication disabilities, introduced Communicator 5 software and I-Series+ speech generating devices—which comes with eye-tracking capabilities supporting communication through voice, email, text messaging, social networking and phone calls.

6/9/2015

Allegany County Public Schools continued its partnership with Discovery Education with the school district now providing its students in grades K-8 access to Discovery Education Science Techbook.

6/9/2015

With 80 percent of its members being taxpayer-funded schools, the Illinois High School Association should divulge information about its finances beyond the minimum requirements of the Internal Revenue Service. Otherwise, it is impossible even to know if its revenue-sharing arrangement with the schools is a fair deal.

6/9/2015

Opponents have voiced concerns about limiting free expression and cite studies that say school uniforms are not effective at raising academic performance or student self-esteem.

6/9/2015

Heidi Eliopoulos has been selected by the Chippewa Falls School Board as the district's next superintendent. Eliopoulos has been building principal at the Chippewa Falls Middle School for three years.

6/9/2015

The Ottawa Area Intermediate School District has asked Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Pete Haines to be its next leader. Former Superintendent Karen McPhee resigned in March to serve as Gov. Rick Snyder’s senior education policy adviser.

6/9/2015

Although it's been called the “gold standard” of education funding, the state's school funding formula hasn’t been updated since 2007. It has not kept pace with what education truly costs with rising health insurance and special education expenses.

6/9/2015

Spending an hour a day with Big Bird, Elmo and Count von Count in elementary school is especially beneficial for boys, African-American youth and children from low-income families, according to a new study by two economics professors.

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