Industry News

3/6/2015

3/6/2015

Shmoop offers Smarter Balanced preparation for grades 8 and 11 and has recently expanded to provide specific material for Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium California, including alignment to the California State University Early Assessment Program.

3/6/2015

Nutrition software provider Harris School Nutrition Solutions joined forces with the biometric finger scanning identification producer to offer finger scanners, software and services.

3/6/2015

The governor is again proposing to spend $2 million in scarce public dollars to fund vouchers for private and religious schools. The budget proposal is nearly identical to the Opportunity Scholarship Act, a bill that has failed to gain legislative support for nearly a decade.

3/6/2015

Districts in the state currently can be divided into haves and have-nots based on incomes and property values. The wealthiest districts spend $1,800 more per student than the lower-income districts, resulting in higher achievement levels.

3/6/2015

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's interim superintendent Sean Dusek will assume the superintendent of schools position in July. The 22-year district veteran most recently worked as the Alaska district's assistant superintendent of instruction since 2009.

3/6/2015

Jeff Eakins, a longtime Hillsborough County School District employee and the current deputy superintendent, was selected as the next superintendent of the nation's eighth-largest school district. He will taking over the position from Superintendent MaryEllen Elia, who was recently let go by the Florida district's school board.

3/6/2015

With technology glitches hampering testing in major school districts, a Senate committee advanced legislation that represents the first significant attempt to scale back the scope of exams in Florida’s public schools.

3/6/2015

The plan would replace the state’s existing formula for distributing its aid to 286 school districts. The measure incorporates a proposal to give districts block grants instead — based on their current aid — until lawmakers can write a new formula during the next two years.

3/6/2015

Tennessee's education department will determine on a case-by-case basis the lifting of a district's requirement of teaching 180 instructional days because of a recent winter storm which prompted a statewide Level 2 state of emergency.

3/6/2015

A New York public elementary school is abolishing traditional homework assignments, instead encouraging students to read books and spend time with their family — a move that is outraging parents who say they may pull their kids out of the school.

3/6/2015

The Alamance-Burlington School Board is under fire after taxpayers learned members voted to pay the districts newly hired superintendent $330,000 a year — making the superintendent's salary the highest in North Carolina and in several other Southern states.

3/6/2015

The creators of the Reading Eggs online reading program for kids have launched a new educational math app for the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Kindle and Android. Suitable for children aged 4-8, Eggy Time features interactive activities and animations to teach young children how to tell time.

3/5/2015

3/5/2015

In a distributed leadership model, no one person at the top of the hierarchy makes all the decisions that will affect the work lives of the adults in the building. When done well, it can create a community of people on the same page. And when teachers feel valued and trusted, they are more likely to trust and empower their students.

3/5/2015

The free website is designed to entertain children up to 12 years old online through original content including picture books, animated stories, chapter books and audio books. The site is compatible with Android and Apple devices and new content is uploaded weekly and monthly.

3/5/2015

The nonprofit online learning initiative is offering three new, free courses from the Smithsonian Institution — Objects That Define America, Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact on Pop Culture, and Teaching Historical Inquiry with Objects  which were developed with the National Museum of American History.

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