K12 Headlines

7/23/2014

7/23/2014

Common Core does deserve close scrutiny. However, it deserves to be examined in light of specific goals that may exist on the state level.

7/23/2014

Performance Matters has partnered with the Palm Beach County School District to provide its 185 schools with new tools for assessment and data management, including Measured Progress assessment resources developed to support Florida’s new math and reading standards.

7/23/2014

Successful high schools don’t just mean higher academic achievement, a new study finds. They may also mean healthier behaviors among teens. The study compared students from highly rated charter high schools with those from regular public high schools—all located in low-income Los Angeles neighborhoods.

7/23/2014

The rules concerning Normandy transfer students changed once again this week, with the Missouri Board of Education allowing some students to remain in their new schools after telling them in June they couldn’t stay.

7/22/2014

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

The superintendent for Schenectady schools wants the federal government to intervene in what he argues is racial discrimination in how New York funds education.

7/22/2014

South Dakota will be allowed to drop the criteria of teacher effectiveness and school climate from the school performance index. The U.S. Department of Education approved those changes as part of the state’s flexibility waiver from No Child Left Behind requirements for the 2014-2015 academic year.

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.

7/22/2014

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

A newly signed law in California will prohibit football teams at middle and high schools from holding full-contact practices that exceed 90 minutes a day, limit the number of full-contact practices during the season to two per week and prohibit contact practices during the off-season. The restrictions, which take effect January 1, 2015, are designed to help reduce concussions and other serious brain injuries.

7/22/2014

Six months since the launch of My Brother’s Keeper — the president’s effort to address the state of young minority men — Obama announced new partnerships with public and private groups to the tune of about $104 million, including many high school outreach programs.

7/22/2014

A new eight-title series, Close-Up on Amazing Animals, will be released in fall 2014 by Rourke Educational Media. Students will explore the unique adaptations and relationships that help animals survive in the wild.

7/22/2014

Pennsylvania's state leaders must do more to provide transparency and assurance that basic education funding will support every community's schools well and through a fair, predictable basic education funding formula.

7/22/2014

The 5,000 employees of Leon County's school district, one of the larger employers in North Florida, will now have their first wellness center on Lively Technical School's campus. Funds for the building and equipment came from the stored Florida Blue dollars in order to save taxpayer money.

7/22/2014

Chad Allaman, currently the District 51 superintendent, will begin as District 50's superintendent about a month later than planned. August 1 is the final day in District 50 for departing Superintendent Patrick Martin.

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