Industry News

2/20/2015

2/20/2015

Under No Child Left Behind, accountability has hinged entirely on standardized test scores. The problem is, a single test score is like a blinking "check engine" light on the dashboard. It can tell us something's wrong but not how to fix it. What we need instead is a whole dashboard of indicators that monitor better measures of success and learning opportunities.

2/20/2015

Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order to suspend the Florida Standards Assessment test in English language arts for 11th graders and seek a permanent legislative fix this session. He cited concern about too much testing in Florida’s classrooms.

2/20/2015

For all the attention to diversity, one perspective remains almost absent from the conversation about American education: The viewpoint of those who weren’t good at school in the first place.

2/20/2015

A bill that would require parents of Kansas public school students to sign a form before their children can take sex education has been advanced by the House Education Committee and will go to the House floor.

2/20/2015

A new state bill would revise current law to allow more teens and high schools to participate in dual enrollment programs. That’s an investment worth making, because preparing more students for college work saves money for families and taxpayers and increases postsecondary graduation rates.

2/20/2015

The House Education Committee voted to block the state Board of Education from implementing the standards developed in part by the National Governors Association. HB 2190 also makes it illegal for the board to adopt standards for college and career readiness that are similar to standards or assessments used by 20 or more other states.

2/20/2015

The New York Times and CIG Education Group have partnered to launch a new education initiative. Starting in fall 2015, NYT EDUcation will provide innovative courses and programs covering a wide array of subjects, ranging from pre-college level to higher education, continuing education and executive education.

2/20/2015

Filament Games introduced its first physical science game, Backyard Engineers. The game challenges students to create the ultimate catapult by customizing mechanical elements to manipulate movement, accuracy and range. Backyard Engineers also includes a teacher dashboard and standards-based curriculum.

2/20/2015

While the new governor asked for billions in budget cuts, Gov. Bruce Rauner also asked for a $300 million increase to K12 school funding next year, which would be a 6.7 percent boost in general state aid.

2/20/2015

The National Park Foundation is kicking off its Every Kid in a Park initiative to enable every 4th grade student to experience their public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-16 school year. Every Kid in a Park joins the Foundation's Open Outdoors for Kids program in helping children learn history, culture and science while exploring the great outdoors.

2/20/2015

The upgraded Bluetooth-enabled VoiceSaver personal amplifier provides teachers with clarity while delivering lessons, and now features a wireless headset for hands-free flexibility. It offers enough power to amplify a voice for use in mid-sized classrooms.

2/20/2015

Minnesota has the worst or second-worst graduation rates among reporting states in all four non-white student categories for the 2012-13 school year. Fewer than 60 percent of the state's black and Hispanic students graduate in four years.

2/19/2015

2/19/2015

Absolute Software Corporation incorporated a new security feature, Device Freeze Offline Policy, for its Absolute Computrace product. This capability allows IT to set an automated freeze command for any device that remains offline for a specific period of time or is unassigned or misplaced.

2/19/2015

Twenty school districts found to be blocking access for undocumented immigrant children will be forced to modify their enrollment policies to break down illegal barriers to education, according to the attorney general's office.

2/19/2015

The Nassau County School Board has decided that the Yulee High student who has ended his morning public announcement readings with "God Bless America" can continue. The decision follows a cease-and-desist letter sent by the American Humanist Association that threatened action if the student continued uttering the phrase.

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