K12 Headlines

12/19/2014

12/19/2014

At 27 percent, Louisiana's rate of school-aged children living below the poverty line may explain some of the state's K12 education struggles. The national average rate of school-aged children in poverty is 21 percent, but just 10 out of the Louisiana's 64 parishes have a lower rate than that.

12/19/2014

The American Civil Liberties Union sued Missouri's Ferguson-Florissant School District in federal court to challenge the district's election process for allegedly diluting the voting strength of black residents. The suit, filed on behalf of the Missouri NAACP, charges that the district elects school board members in a way that violates the federal Voting Rights Act.

12/19/2014

The state released report cards and graduation rates for the 2013-14 school year. Graduation rates increased to an 11-year high of 76.1 percent, an increase of 0.5 percent over last year, and a rise of nearly 17 percentage points since 2003-04.

12/19/2014

Lipscomb University Senior Vice President Candice McQueen is Gov. Bill Haslam's pick to fill Tennessee's high-profile education commissioner position. McQueen will replace Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, who announced last month plans to leave his post in January to return to the private sector.

12/19/2014

Colorado parents looking for more user-friendly information about their school’s academic performance last year can now search an updated online database that ranks schools on an A-F grading scale. ColoradoSchoolGrades.com uses data from the Colorado Department of Education and a formula developed by the University of Colorado Denver to compute the grades.

12/19/2014

Pittsburgh Public Schools’ board of directors approved a final budget of $556.8 million for 2015. More than half of the budget is allocated for salaries and benefits, with other large items including the district’s debt service, charter school tuition fees, transportation and education.

12/19/2014

The Bullard ISD Board of Trustees named Todd Schneider as the lone finalist for its superintendent of schools position. In addition to teaching and coaching, he served as assistant principal for Crandall ISD and as principal and superintendent at Martin's Mill.

12/19/2014

New York's teacher evaluation system is widely disliked. Lawmakers and educators should work together to craft a system that identifies teachers' needs – and those who can't do the job.

12/19/2014

Eduplanet21 will roll out its new software platform with an enhanced user interface, new organizational and planning tools and easier access to content allowing more opportunities for collaboration.

12/19/2014

Edmentum's Edmentum Sensei has expanded its intuitive reporting for teachers using Study Island and has added new views in Plato Courseware and Edmentum Assessments. With the actionable data platform, educators can track standards mastery data to make formative instructional decisions.

12/19/2014

A common thread in high-achieving countries is an elevated priority on teacher education that ought to raise our collective sensibilities, stirring movement toward embracing that model right here in Louisiana. While there are certainly some examples of good efforts occurring in teacher education programs in our state, we are not doing near enough.

12/19/2014

The District of Columbia Public Schools has chosen Questar Assessment Inc. to develop assessment items to be administered online for social studies assessment for sixth, seventh and eighth graders.

12/19/2014

Lowell Strike, Little Elm ISD's lone finalist for the position, was officially named as superintendent. Strike, who will begin with the district in January, previously held the position of associate superintendent of the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD.

12/19/2014

Interim Superintendent Paul Smotas announced that the Connecticut elementary school district's school board appointed Brian P. Murphy to the job, effective January 20. Murphy is currently the principal of Great Oak Middle School in Oxford, where he has been since 2006.

12/18/2014

12/18/2014

As the pre-K system expanded in New York City, education officials said one-on-one coaching was critical for teachers' growth and expanded the program. Officials have hired 30 new coaches this year, bringing the city’s total to 70, which translates to one counselor supervising 45 teachers, many of them new to their jobs or working in brand-new programs.

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