K12 Headlines

12/3/2014

12/3/2014

The Indiana State Board of Education will consider changes to the state’s takeover process for failing schools this week. Under state takeover, failing schools are severed from school district oversight and turned over to outside groups — so far all charter school operators — to be run independently under a contract with the state.

12/3/2014

The Florida School Boards Association urged lawmakers to delay the consequences associated with new state tests until 2017. In the meantime, the group stated, local districts should be allowed to determine when students are promoted, when they graduate and how teachers are evaluated — tasks that are largely dictated by student test scores.

12/3/2014

The Minneapolis district is merging everything from attendance to test scores to discipline data into one computer dashboard for teachers and administrators. School officials are hoping the new information will help close what has been one of the largest achievement gaps in the country between whites and students of color.

12/3/2014

McGraw-Hill Education launched Acuity College and Career Readiness, a new interim assessment focused for students in grades 3–8. The assessment enables educators to create personalized intervention plan for students with digital, standards-based instructional resources.

12/3/2014

March 21-23, 2015
Houston, Texas

12/3/2014

March 12-15, 2015
Chicago, Ill.

12/3/2014

Chicago Public Schools — America’s third-largest school district typically finds itself in the national media for stories about violence, school closures and other unflattering subjects. It has received less attention for an ambitious and innovative experiment launched this year: New computer science classes rolled out across Chicago this fall, and within a few years the city plans to make its school district the first major one in the country to designate computer science as a requirement for graduation.

12/3/2014

February 19-21, 2015
San Diego, Calif.

12/3/2014

February 26-28, 2015
San Diego, Calif.

12/3/2014

March 16-19, 2015
Atlanta, Ga.

12/2/2014

12/2/2014

Wisconsin’s voucher school program needs more accountability, based on objective measures of success. Public money for private school vouchers should be pulled if evidence shows bad results and no improvement.

12/2/2014

Citing a desire to return to more classroom-oriented work, South Portland Superintendent of Schools Suzanne Godin will resign effective June 30, 2015.

12/2/2014

A new brand website has been launched by JumpStart at www.jumpstart.com to house all of its web and mobile offerings, including the company's learning-based games and game-themed worlds.

12/2/2014

An administrative judge has postponed the final hearing to determine the fate of Florida's Scholar Preparatory Academy. The Duval County School Board voted to put the charter school on a 90-day termination notice in September after it failed to meet minimum student enrollment requirements.

12/2/2014

Green Horizon Services has become a SchoolDude SuccessPlus Services Partner to provide preventive maintenance to school districts across 25 states. Services include on-site data collection of all major HVAC and plumbing equipment and creating preventive maintenance templates and schedules.

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