K12 Headlines

7/10/2015

7/10/2015

Congress moved to substantially scale back the federal government’s role in education, particularly the use of high-stakes standardized testing to punish schools, in the first significant proposed revisions since the No Child Left Behind law was passed 14 years ago.

7/10/2015

Oregon set average to below-average standards for how well its elementary and middle school students should read and do math, a new study says. The National Center for Education Statistics report looked at the difficulty level of all 50 states' standardized tests.

7/10/2015

Trap shooting is the fastest-growing sport in Minnesota high schools, and was recently introduced in neighboring Wisconsin and North Dakota. While it may make anti-gun activists uneasy, it’s a boon for manufacturers and retailers that have stoked its growth.

7/10/2015

As a new Illinois employee, state school Superintendent Tony Smith landed in a less lucrative retirement plan designed to control pension costs. But unlike his colleagues in the Tier II plan, he is getting a special stipend each year—expected to be worth thousands of dollars annuallyto make up for his reduced pension.

7/10/2015

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña has confirmed a massive grade-fixing scandal at John Dewey High School and has moved to fire the veteran principal for allowing dozens of students to earn credit for courses they never took.

7/10/2015

Students who change schools are likely to fall behind academically, and helping families get stable housing can prevent that, according to a new federal study. Families who received vouchers were significantly less likely to become homeless again or change schools or have parents and children living in separate places.

7/9/2015

7/9/2015

Pearson will take over all responsibilities for the publication of all Wide Range assessments, including the Wide Range Achievement Test 4; the Wide Range Assessment of Memory and Learning, Second Edition; the Wide Range Intelligence Test; and the Wide Range Assessment of Visual Motor Abilities.

7/9/2015

The Dallas School District continues to gather information about possibly implementing a construction excise tax to help pay for capital improvements. The fee could only be used to acquire land or help pay for improvements or new school construction.

7/9/2015

For the second time in a month, the Maine district's voters rejected the district’s proposed 2015-16 school budget of $43.3 million, with many saying the funding level was too low.

7/9/2015

Young adults with two diplomas are outliers in programs allowing high school students to earn college credits, which operate under various names and formats. They are growing in number at about 7 percent per year, according to the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships.

7/9/2015

Virginia’s new digital textbook and instructional materials marketplace will begin operations this coming September. This new instructional materials library, based on a customized version of Copia's core Copia Class technology, has been implemented over the past 12 months.

7/9/2015

InFocus Corporation's new five IN110x series classroom-optimized projectors each feature 3200-lumen brightness and 15,000:1 contrast ratio to fit school budgets and the ambient-light levels of most classrooms.

7/9/2015

Like capital appreciation bonds, leaseback deals avoid big outlays for new schools in the short run, responding to an era when state school bond money has dried up and voters are leery about approving new local bonds. But their long-term costs are much higher.

7/9/2015

Schools would have access to millions of dollars for earthquake-safety improvements, but the state Capitol would remain vulnerable under a $1.2 billion plan for statewide construction projects that advanced.

7/9/2015

Thanks to the unsettled business of a state budget, some 38 multi-track year-round schools in Wake County just opened with no certainty about how many teacher assistants they will have. School districts all over the state are waiting to see whether the Senate’s budget plan will cut teaching assistants.

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