Industry News

11/26/2014

11/26/2014

As the idea of universal pre-K moved to center stage in election season this fall, interest in high-quality pre-K as a school turnaround tool grows. Tragically, millions of children begin elementary school years behind their peers, and the SIG program — overhauled by the Obama administration five years ago — has not closed that gap.

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

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.

11/26/2014

Enrollment in Oregon charter schools set a new record last year, with 5 percent of Oregon public school students enrolled in one of the state's many and varied charter schools. Charter school enrollment has nearly doubled in the past five years, from 15,400 in 2008-2009 to 28,600 last year.

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

Pennsylvania is one of only three states without a consistently applied school funding formula, which creates unfairness for students and disparities among school districts across the state. State officials must find an equitable method to distribute state funds for public education so that all students can have access to high-quality educational programs and services.

11/26/2014

The plan approved by Pittsburgh Public Schools' board runs from July 2015 through June 2018. Some changes were made to the original plan as a result of feedback, including increasing teacher-led professional development, providing more professional development on culturally responsive teaching techniques and more.

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.

11/25/2014

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

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

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.

11/25/2014

RANDA Solutions has acquired eCOVE Software, LLC, a classroom observation and walkthrough software company based in Oregon. This move will allow RANDA, a company that focuses on state and large district contracts, to enter the classroom observation market.

11/25/2014

The Alabama county's school board voted to hire Robbie Owen, the former principal of Rockwell Elementary School, as the school district's new superintendent. Owen, who has been serving as the system's interim superintendent since mid-August, replaces Alan Lee, who announced his resignation in August.

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