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1/7/2015

1/7/2015

Missing from the standardized test debate is a sense of what could replace annual tests. What would the nation do to monitor learning and ensure equity and accountability if states didn't have to test every child every year?

1/7/2015

A plan that attempted to change the way Illinois distributes education money will appear again, with some changes, in the new Illinois General Assembly convening next week. State Sen. Andy Manar, who tried to change state law last year to send more money to poorer school districts, will submit a new bill.

1/7/2015

A state panel tasked with identifying potential savings in school spending will recommend that school districts have annual financial audits. But it stopped short of recommending a proposal to limit state-mandated teacher negotiation rights.

1/7/2015

Brentwood Associates has acquired Excelligence Learning Corporation, a developer, manufacturer, distributor and retailer of educational products. The company serves the pre-K and elementary markets with over 20,000 products, including arts and crafts, active play, furniture, math, language and science.

1/7/2015

Baker & Taylor signed a content agreement with Cricket Media. Under the new partnership, the education media and social learning company will supply Baker & Taylor with content from across its portfolio of children's magazines and K12 multimedia offerings.

1/7/2015

itslearning's mobile app for iPhones and Android phones automatically sends students notifications of upcoming events and tasks when their teacher posts the information within the itslearning platform.

1/6/2015

1/6/2015

Five charter schools are asking to add more than 900 seats in response to the continuing demand for school choice. Although charter school enrollment has become a growing presence in Rhode Island, it remains a fraction of the state’s 140,000 students with about 7,000 enrolled students.

1/6/2015

The goal of school is to create moral citizens that will fall in love with learning. We can reform schools but it will never happen because of expensive, invasive software that replace text and teachers. We can reform schools by adopting proven practices.

1/6/2015

Only 11 new charter schools opened this school year in the entire state. The slowed growth this school year signals greater caution after a particularly tumultuous year for charters. More charter schools closed last school year in Columbus alone than opened this school year statewide.

1/6/2015

For the fifth year, Texas districts will have free access to a technology literacy assessment for eighth grade students through the continuation of a partnership between the Texas Computer Education Association and Learning.com. The online assessment, based on the Technology Applications TEKS, measures and reports technology skills.

1/6/2015

The Ohio school district is expected to approve the hiring of Craig Hockenberry as its next school leader. Hockenberry has served as the superintendent of Manchester Local Schools. He’ll replace Three Rivers Superintendent Rhonda Bohannon, who is retiring at the end of January.

1/6/2015

Indiana in 2015 is heading into a renewed debate about how its school funding system should work. But even defining “fairness” gets tricky, as school leaders with different challenges in urban, suburban and rural communities worry that somebody else’s gain from any change to the state’s calculation method could mean less money to educate their students.

1/6/2015

An analysis of school grades and PACE reports shows a general connection between high-diversity and low-income school populations and lower school grades. Critics of Utah’s newest system of school grades argue that they reinforce Census tract or ZIP code data: Higher-income, less diverse schools get better marks.

1/6/2015

SpaceX's fifth commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station will carry scientific research conceived and designed by students who are learning first-hand what it takes to conduct research in space.

1/6/2015

Online self-study Mango Languages courses, providing access to over 60 languages, interactive learning and cultural understanding, have been launched by Eton Institute.

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