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5/12/2015

5/12/2015

Gov. Greg Abbott approved a measure to reduce the required number of end-of-course tests to pass from five to three. The legislation will immediately exempt thousands of high school students from the stricter graduation requirements. Students still have to get a passing average in all their core classes.

5/12/2015

The Assembly bill does not specifically prohibit investigators from posing questions to children but it does require school boards to adopt a policy for residency investigations. The bill also requires investigators to identify themselves truthfully and five days' written notice to families before an investigation starts.

5/12/2015

The Texas district's internal auditor says he's expanding the grade fixing probe that began at Westbury High School to a second campus. The move follows detailed, anonymous allegations from teachers on the campus relayed to school board members.

5/12/2015

Shell Squad Adventures is a new kindergarten readiness software that combines automated progression rules with advanced gaming functionality to teach preschoolers 18 core early literacy and math skills.

5/12/2015

The LanSchool Connection Service in the newest release of Stoneware, Inc.'s classroom management software now supports up to 10,000 connections and will auto direct students and teachers. The Chromebook extension has also been upgraded to include other LanSchool features.

5/12/2015

This year, in response to complaints that teachers didn’t fully understand how the new teacher evaluation ratings were generated last year, New Mexico's Public Education Department will include more detailed evaluation categories, including student test scores, principal observations, teacher attendance and student surveys.

5/12/2015

The new Transparent Language Online includes new features such as a fresh interface, practice activities and customized guidance.

5/12/2015

Computer-based testing of the ACT will be available next year in the 18 states and additional districts that require students — typically juniors — to take the ACT during the school day. About 1 million students could be affected.

5/12/2015

The members of the School Funding Interim Commission should reflect the diversity of the state and its public schools. Its one guiding principle should be to simplify by making funding formulas easier to understand would increase transparency and confidence.

5/12/2015

Massachusetts' superintendents want lawmakers to comb through all the edicts and mandates that they've passed down to schools, and begin to streamline them. Get rid of repetition and time-wasters, and give them back the time and money that they need to do their jobs.

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5/11/2015

Instead of lowering the standards, change the standards so that all students are prepared for the world outside high school and not just for the insular world of colleges and universities.

5/11/2015

The free Practice Quiz resources blog section complements subject learning by providing a range of content to help test-takers succeed on test day and in pursuing their careers through education and professional programs.

5/11/2015

Video games are essentially complex systems that very young children can learn to navigate very quickly. What if we could leverage the skill with which games teach players to play?

5/11/2015

This goes beyond being an educational issue. It is a civil rights issue.

5/11/2015

Education is dominated by disputes over priorities, largely because of politics and limited funding. Some people, for example, think arts instruction is financial quicksand, while some believe that sports don’t belong in the schools.

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