K12 Headlines

7/22/2014

7/22/2014

Washington state won’t get a pass this summer on telling parents that their kids attend failing schools, the federal government says. The U.S. Department of Education has denied Washington’s request to be exempted from that particular requirement of the federal No Child Left Behind Act since the state lost its waiver from the federal law.

7/22/2014

Tests have a bad reputation in education circles these days. But the truth is that, used properly, testing as part of an educational routine provides an important tool not just to measure learning, but to promote it.

7/22/2014

Portland Public Schools is one of 60 urban districts nationwide that signed on to My Brother's Keeper's mission to improve educational outcomes for black and Latino boys. Participating districts agree to spend more more on early childhood education, reduce disproportionately high school discipline rates for boys of color, provide mentoring and improve black and Latino males' access to college-prep courses.

7/21/2014

7/21/2014

Blackboard has debuted a tiered set of solutions addressing challenges such as retention, student engagement, learning analytics, communications and standards preparedness. The company is offering five K12 solutions that center on teaching and learning and community engagement.

7/21/2014

Back-to-school shopping is no longer a frenzied one-day spending spree. Families are spending more, but they are doing so over a longer period of time as they search for the best deals. Families are expected to spend $670 on average on back-to-school shopping, up 5 percent from last year.

7/21/2014

Fanning the firestorm over Common Core State Standards is the fear that by adopting common standards, states are signing onto a national curriculum and thus undermining the decisions of local school boards and educators. Standards remain constant, but curriculum can be altered locally year to year or classroom to classroom to ensure students are meeting the learning goals.

7/21/2014

Four years ago, when 44 states had adopted the K12 curriculum standards, the whole thing seemed quiet and inevitable. Today, resistance is everywhere. Pioneer Institute has a national profile as the brains of the Common Core opposition. The institute might well succeed in its effort to knock out the Common Core. But if that happens, what comes next for education?

7/21/2014

High school graduates have nearly three months of transition before starting college. During those months they are neither high school nor college students, a loss of direction that keeps some from showing up on the first day of college classes.

7/21/2014

Gaggle is now offering integration with Microsoft OneDrive, providing school districts using Office 365 an added layer of safety with Gaggle's proprietary filtering and human monitoring service. In addition, school districts that use Gaggle for email archiving can now choose to archive Office Online documents.

7/21/2014

Georgia's Board of Education has proposed up to 30 exemption days per school every year to give schools options to sell sweet treats during fundraisers. School officials can allow fundraisers to sell food no longer allowed in schools under the federal nutrition standards.

7/21/2014

The KIPP charter school chain's newest campus in southwest Houston is launching a community-building model designed to break the cycle of poverty by working with other nonprofits to provide everything from good schools to health care and, ultimately, mixed-income housing.

7/21/2014

Critics say newly installed stop-arm cameras on Iowa City school buses violate the city’s traffic camera ban that, when adopted in 2013, was considered rare and possibly unique nationally. At minimum, they said these cameras, which help identify motorists passing school buses illegally, violate the spirit of the law.

7/21/2014

The city of Springfield has allocated well over $1 million for security maintenance and further enhancements recently, including equipping schools with cameras, door buzzers and other security equipment and personnel.

7/21/2014

An analysis shows an unintended consequence of Chicago's choice system: students of different achievement levels are being sorted into separate high schools. WBEZ found few schools in the city enroll the full span of students. Instead, low-scoring students and high-scoring students in particular are attending completely different high schools.

7/21/2014

The state Board of Education has given approval for its members to take all-expenses-paid trips touring out-of-state charter school networks seeking approval to operate in Texas. The fact-finding missions will be funded by private foundations or individual donors — not taxpayers or the charter schools themselves.

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