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9/29/2011

9/29/2011

Shmoop's new California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) Test Prep in Spanish is fun to use and offers hundreds of explanations, examples and exercises that cover every California standard. All California public school students are required to pass the CAHSEE to earn a high school diploma.

9/29/2011

Lexia just released the MyLexia? App for iPhone?, iPad? and iPod? touch: the industry?s first mobile app to provide real-time student skills data and norm-referenced performances measures. The app is available for free at the Apple App Store.

9/29/2011

To help districts and schools improve the organization and efficiency of classroom observations, Teachscape has developed Teachscape Reflect Live, which provides a robust observation management and reporting tool to increase the efficiency and actionability of observations.

9/29/2011

A standing-room-only crowd of 400 angry and tearful parents, children and teachers railed against the Oakland school board Tuesday night as it pushed forward a proposal to close five elementary schools and eliminate eight others through consolidation.

After about four hours of emotional public comment, the board members sent the plan out to the community for a month of public comment at school sites before they take an expected final vote on the mergers and closures in late October.

9/29/2011

A parent-advocacy group whose members have criticized Chicago Public Schools? efforts to offer financial incentives for a lengthened school day found that most respondents to its online survey support a longer day.

Raise Your Hand leaders said 68 percent of the 1,222 survey takers, made up of parents and teachers from 230 schools, said they favored a longer day. About 43 percent said they supported a longer school year.

9/29/2011

A Koreatown campus that is one of the fastest-improving middle schools in Los Angeles has become the latest to be penalized over suspected cheating on the state's standardized tests.

Virgil Middle School's misfortune brings to 23 the number of schools in California that have lost their important Academic Performance Index rating because of suspected cheating, other misconduct or mistakes by teachers.

9/29/2011

Blog: I?ve never been a big Kindle advocate in education. The lack of color and interactivity prevented it from ever being the tool of choice for textbooks that many initially hoped it would be. Amazon even had an ill-fated large-format Kindle DX that it marketed largely in the education space. Kindle apps on mobile devices and the web were definitely on the right track because the potential was there for next-gen electronic textbooks on converged devices that would resonate with students.

9/29/2011

Choosing a pre-school, daycare or Head Start program for a young child can be a confusing experience for parents, but the city hopes to make it easier with a new five-star rating system unveiled Wednesday.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is creating the first-ever evaluation system for city-funded early childhood programs to empower parents and position Chicago to capture funds made available through the local and national ?Race to the Top? competition.

9/29/2011

A plan to make Idaho the first state to require students to take at least two credits online will officially go before the public for comment next week.

The state Board of Education said a 30-day comment period will start next Wednesday on the proposed graduation requirement.

"We'll give those to the board and if there are changes to be made, they'll be made," said board spokesman Mark Browning.

The online education requirement would start with the class of 2016 ? students who start high school next fall.

9/29/2011

Standardized tests should rank students by percentile and rate teachers in teams, according to a new policy brief by Derek Neal, an economics professor at the University of Chicago.

"I'm very opposed to ever using this [data] to give individual scores for teachers," said Neal, speaking at a Tuesday conference hosted by the Brookings Institution's Hamilton Project.

9/29/2011

President Barack Obama told students Wednesday in a back-to-school address that they bear responsibility in helping America get back on its feet.

"You're young leaders. And whether we fall behind or race ahead as a nation is going to depend in large part on you," he said in an address to high school student at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School that was broadcast live on television and online.

He encouraged the students to get an education after high school. He said in tough economic times, the country needs their ideas and passion.

9/29/2011

When Julian Bond, the former Georgia lawmaker and civil rights activist, turned to teaching two decades ago, he often quizzed his college students to gauge their awareness of the civil rights movement. He did not want to underestimate their grasp of the topic or talk down to them, he said.

?My fears were misplaced,? Mr. Bond said. No student had heard of George Wallace, the segregationist governor of Alabama, he said. One student guessed that Mr. Wallace might have been a CBS newsman.

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9/28/2011

EduLaunchpad.com, the Noble Network of Charter Schools and TigerWriting.com are constructing a new student development program to prepare high school students for the choices facing them in the college selection process.

9/28/2011

Connections Learning and Virtual High School Global Consortium announced a partnership designed to expand the number of core online courses that Virtual High School offers their 770 member schools worldwide.

9/28/2011

Gilbert (Ariz.) Public Schools implemented the Schoolwires Centricity2 unifying Web content management platform, which is designed to enable people with little to no technical experience to maintain web resources, to strengthen communications with its shareholders and enhance the district?s image.

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