Industry News

11/26/2014

11/26/2014

Amid long-running concerns that it’s too easy to become a teacher, the White House announced new draft regulations that could overhaul the way teacher preparation programs are held accountable for their graduates' performance.

11/26/2014

Education Market Research/Simba Information released a new report titled K-12 Enrollment by Subject/Course & Grade, 2014-15 School Year. The data shows that the highest enrollment courses include art and general music at the elementary level, and algebra and Spanish and biology at the senior high level.

11/26/2014

Chicago preschoolers who attended a full-day preschool program rather than a half-day had higher scores on measures of school readiness skills, including language, math, social development and physical health, researchers from the University of Minnesota reported.

11/26/2014

For the first time in years, the New Jersey school district is reporting an on-time graduation rate of more than 50 percent for 2014. A total of 52.9 percent of students completed high school within four years, graduating on time in 2014, which district officials attribute to stability and staff.

11/26/2014

The timeline for building a new Spanish immersion school in Sioux Falls might be in jeopardy because of a proposal by state lawmakers to put new limits on K12 capital budgets. Public school capital outlay funds would be capped under the terms of a proposal introduced last week by a legislative committee.

11/25/2014

11/25/2014

After the issue drew heavy debate during the 2014 legislative session, a House Republican is bringing back a proposal that could lead to some public school employees or volunteers carrying guns on campus.

11/25/2014

The Pennsylvania city's Superintendent Linda Lane told the Basic Education Funding Commission that she favors a formula that considers enrollment, equity and student populations that require more resources, such as homeless students, English language learners or those with mental health needs.

11/25/2014

A Superior Court judge has invalidated the state of Alaska's requirement that local school districts help pay for education, which could leave a cash-strapped state on the hook for more than $220 million in additional funding statewide.

11/25/2014

Indiana Supreme Court justices quizzed lawyers in a case over school busing fees about the limit of the state's constitutional guarantee of a free public education. What the court decides could have broad consequences for cash-strapped school districts throughout the state, as they look for additional funding.

11/25/2014

The Middletown Area School Board approved a bond refinancing proposal that could save Dauphin County Technical School around $1 million. The district could see lower tuition payments to the tech school in the near future.

11/25/2014

Carrie Andrews, acting superintendent for the Cambrian School District, has been chosen to lead the district's five schools as its new superintendent. She came to Cambrian after working for the Campbell Union School District for six years.

11/25/2014

A federal judge has ordered the Alabama district's school system to produce reports giving status updates for integration in Hoover City Schools. That order requires numerous systems in Jefferson County to file annual reports with the court detailing things such as the racial demographics at each school and each class in the schools.

11/25/2014

In Europe, it's been a longstanding tradition for high school students to embark on a "gap year" of traveling and volunteering before entering their post-secondary studies. This trend is now becoming more popular amongst American students who want to explore their interests through real world experiences.

11/25/2014

Boston-based Smarterer, a skills assessment company, has been acquired by Pluralsight for $75 million. Smarterer assessments utilize crowdsourcing and a dynamic assessment engine to validate skills.

11/25/2014

JogNog’s iPad app now allows students to draw directly on-screen while answering quiz questions. The scratchpad tool adds to the JogNog Achievement System’s portfolio of capabilities to support different learning styles by students.

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