K12 Headlines

11/25/2014

11/25/2014

John Nolan, superintendent of Wellington Schools for three years, announced that he is resigning because of health reasons, two years before his contract is up.

11/25/2014

The Alabama county's school board voted to hire Robbie Owen, the former principal of Rockwell Elementary School, as the school district's new superintendent. Owen, who has been serving as the system's interim superintendent since mid-August, replaces Alan Lee, who announced his resignation in August.

11/25/2014

RANDA Solutions has acquired eCOVE Software, LLC, a classroom observation and walkthrough software company based in Oregon. This move will allow RANDA, a company that focuses on state and large district contracts, to enter the classroom observation market.

11/25/2014

JogNog’s iPad app now allows students to draw directly on-screen while answering quiz questions. The scratchpad tool adds to the JogNog Achievement System’s portfolio of capabilities to support different learning styles by students.

11/25/2014

Boston-based Smarterer, a skills assessment company, has been acquired by Pluralsight for $75 million. Smarterer assessments utilize crowdsourcing and a dynamic assessment engine to validate skills.

11/25/2014

In Europe, it's been a longstanding tradition for high school students to embark on a "gap year" of traveling and volunteering before entering their post-secondary studies. This trend is now becoming more popular amongst American students who want to explore their interests through real world experiences.

11/25/2014

The Middletown Area School Board approved a bond refinancing proposal that could save Dauphin County Technical School around $1 million. The district could see lower tuition payments to the tech school in the near future.

11/25/2014

Indiana Supreme Court justices quizzed lawyers in a case over school busing fees about the limit of the state's constitutional guarantee of a free public education. What the court decides could have broad consequences for cash-strapped school districts throughout the state, as they look for additional funding.

11/24/2014

11/24/2014

Head of the Chester Upland public schools envisions deal in which an elite Chinese school pours up to a billion dollars into the district, which is in state receivership. The state Department of Education has expressed grave reservations about the plan, which calls for Chinese benefactors to put up staggering amounts of money to turn low-performing schools into elite academies.

11/24/2014

The Texas State Board of Education, whose decisions can have national ramifications, on Friday approved nearly 100 textbooks despite criticism the books exaggerated the influence biblical figures had in forming the U.S. system of government.

11/24/2014

Charter school advocates demand that the New York City schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña, release data to support her accusation that those schools push some students out before they take state tests and later replace them with high-scoring children

11/24/2014

We’re spending way too much time focusing on who is “winning” and “losing” debates over education, and not enough on implementing proven solutions.

11/24/2014

It’s time to refocus the conversation happening around our district’s lowest-performing schools. There is entirely too much fighting and not enough substantive conversation about children and turning things around for them.

11/24/2014

Achieve released Classroom Sample Assessment Tasks for middle and high school grades. These sample tasks provide examples of how content and practices from both the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics can be assessed together in classrooms.

11/24/2014

Blake eLearning have released three new math apps designed to teach essential early numeracy skills to K2 students. Aligned to the Common Core Standards, the Mathseeds apps include activities designed to build math and problem solving skills.

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