Batavia dropped from the "Financial Recognition" category—which is earned by 65 percent of the school districts in Illinois in the recent announcement—to the the "Financial Review" category, according to the ISBE document.
Carnegie Mellon University and one of the government’s top spy agencies want to interest high school students in a game of computer hacking. Their goal with “Toaster Wars” is to cultivate the nation’s next generation of cyber warriors in offensive and defensive strategies. The free, online “high school hacking competition,” open to grades 6-12, is scheduled to run from April 26 to May 6.
About 35 sixth-graders at DSST Stapleton learned some hard lessons about cheating last month. The students were caught worming their way into an online instant assessment program in science and English (called “mastery checks”) and changing answers so their teachers would believe they had mastered subjects.
This report, "The Broadband Imperative," commissioned by SETDA, recommends that all schools will need external internet connections of 100 Mbps per 1,000 students and staff by 2014-2015 and of 1 Gbps per 1,000 students and staff by 2017-2018.
The New Orleans educational technology startup Kickboard, which runs an internet-based service for teachers to track data on student performance, announced on Wednesday that it has raised $2 million in early stage investments from a pair of venture capital firms and several angel investors. More than 200 schools nationwide use Kickboard's service.
The Pearson Report called the Greenwich (Conn.) system one of the "worst" they have seen in "a high-priced district," citing poor internet connectivity, weaknesses in network infrastructure, inconsistent use of applications and overall lax standards.
Evaluating teachers on their students’ performance has elicited much public comment of late. In essence, this view assumes that if students aren’t learning, the fault lies squarely with their teachers.
The Christie administration will roll out its long-awaited regulations for teacher evaluations today, including outlines for how student achievement will be used in grading teachers and principals, starting next school year.
Educators are experiencing almost relentless pressure to show their effectiveness. Unfortunately, the chief indicator by which most communities judge a school staff's success is student performance on standardized achievement tests.
The Partnership for the Assessment of College and Career Readiness (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SMARTER Balanced) are developing the next generation of assessment tools in line with Common Core. And both consortia are developing online assessments that will replace traditional paper tests.