K12 Headlines

8/11/2015

8/11/2015

The state wants all its public elementary schools to encourage fathers to be more involved in their children's education. The goal for the late September day is for fathers or other significant male figures to take their kids to school and learn a little about how important they are to youngsters' academic success.

8/11/2015

Tax revenues continue to surge into the state’s treasury with a projected surplus. Meanwhile, it’s pouring on the heads of Arizona’s schoolchildren, as the Legislature still hasn’t ponied up more than $330 million that a superior court judge has said the schools are owed in inflation funding this year.

8/11/2015

Open Assessment Technologies S.A.—an Open Source assessment platform provider—will head up the new IMS Executive Board on Assessment. The organization seeks to accelerate the adoption of e-assessment solutions by establishing strong interoperability between assessment content and platforms.

8/11/2015

The state school superintendent kicked off the Attendance Matters statewide program, which focuses on reducing truancy numbers. After three unexcused absences a letter is sent to parents. After five a conference is scheduled and after 10 unexcused absences the issue goes to the court system.

8/11/2015

The myON 3.0 upgraded literacy solution from the Capstone business unit includes new writing tools, student and educator interfaces, advancements in content recommendations based upon individual student interests and Lexile reading level, gamification, and improved enhancements to the monitoring and reporting functions.

8/11/2015

The New York district chose Brasher Falls High School Principal Tracy Davison to lead. The vacancy originally arose when former Superintendent Brian Hunt left to take a similar position at Voorheesville Central School.

8/11/2015

A new state law—signed by the governor—requires New Jersey's Department of Education to study the feasibility and potential benefits or consequences of starting school later at middle and high schools. In the state, about 85 percent of middle and high schools start before 8:30 a.m.

8/11/2015

Fewer than 1 in 5 middle and high schools in the U.S. began the school day at the recommended 8:30 a.m. start time or later during the 2011-12 school year, according to CDC data.

8/11/2015

Phoenix Union High School District has selected the company as their primary online and blended learning solution to provide access to its full curriculum and offer Blended Learning and Blended Learning Services to the district’s 16 schools and over 27,000 students.

8/11/2015

Capac Community Schools has selected a new superintendent. Stephen Bigelow, currently the principal at Cousino High School in Warren, was selected to replace Charles Smith, who retired this year.

8/10/2015

8/10/2015

Duval County schools suspended kindergarten students a total of 962 times last year. That was 8 percent more than the year before and 28 percent higher than five years ago. Suspensions have fallen in nearly every grade level in Duval in recent years, but not in kindergarten.

8/10/2015

Many people believe video games are intellectually lazy and have a poor effect on students. There are, however, a growing number of teachers, students, and parents who are using one video game in particular as an educational tool.

8/10/2015

With approval from the United States Department of Education, Connecticut said it would make the SAT a requirement, administered without cost to students, beginning in the 2015-16 school year. The SAT replaces an existing statewide exam amid widespread concern that the nation’s students are tested too much.

8/10/2015

AASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced that breakfast will become available to more than 288,000 students in nearly 400 schools across the nation through a grant from the Walmart Foundation. It is part of $10.5 million in grants that the foundation is giving this fall to support school feeding and nutrition education programs.

8/10/2015

For four weeks, 120 students spend six hours a day at school. They start with 3 1/2 hours of reading, writing and math instruction in classes of about 12 students led by a certified teacher. Next is lunch, then two hours of enrichment in topics ranging from ceramics and comic book design to archaeology and Tae Kwan Do.

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