K12 Headlines

6/15/2015

6/15/2015

State education leaders aren't satisfied with Utah's place in the middle of the academic pack. Right now, 84 percent of high schoolers in the state say they are college-bound, but only one in four of them scored proficiently in all four areas of the ACT.

6/15/2015

A new report urges Ohio lawmakers to allow local educators to customize their approach to learning. Schools should be able to fire ineffective teachers hire teachers without licenses, and eliminate salary schedules that now are based on continuing education and seniority, says the report authored by Seattle-based Education First.

6/15/2015

In a 2013 settlement, the district vowed to better welcome immigrant students, but some schools continue requiring parents to provide a photo ID that matches a fixed address and original birth certificates for students born out of the country, the Justice Department says.

6/15/2015

The parents of two students had sued, alleging that the yoga program promotes Hinduism while the district discourages any display of Christianity.

6/15/2015

Data is limited, but early studies point to better grades, fewer suspensions and reports of better mental health among student meditators.

6/15/2015

Compassion and personal well-being may not be among the traditional core classes in elementary school but educators say such lessons have become increasingly vital as students face more stresses and trauma.

6/15/2015

An analysis by the Iowa Department of Education says the Iowa Board of Education has the authority to determine the next state standardized exam, a conclusion that brings the board one step closer to adopting Smarter Balanced tests.

6/15/2015

Not only are more skills and a deeper understanding of teaching methods needed to reach students with increasingly diverse needs, but a nuanced grasp of the profession is necessary to envision what education should be in the 21st century, professors say. 

6/15/2015

The blow to students of a redesigned, more rigorous SAT college entrance exam may get softened by the offer of a free test prep program. The College Board has teamed up with Khan Academy, which will provide students with free resources to prepare for the new test.

6/15/2015

Various education interests have spent at least $124 million trying to influence lawmakers, officials and the general public at the state and local level since the start of 2006, including a record of at least $16 million last year, according to a review of state records.

6/15/2015

Between 2010 and 2014, the number of ACT-tested high school graduates who said they were interested in education majors or professions decreased by more than 16 percent. The number of students earning master's degrees in education also dropped.

6/15/2015

Sunburst Digital, Inc. will supply StudioWeb, a new online educational resource for teachers that offers a series of video training courses on web technologies such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP.

6/15/2015

Breaking the Barrier, Inc. released its 2015 Breaking the Spanish Barrier series of iBook textbooks. The updated Level 1, 2, and 3 editions include more audio, video and interactive content to build language fluency.

6/15/2015

Qwickly Inc. has launched a new engine that allows Blackboard Learn users to upload documents to their preferred cloud storage solution while simultaneously linking that file to users within Blackboard Learn.

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6/12/2015

Curriculum Associates has added new Close Reading lessons for grades 3–5 to its i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction online program. The informational texts are drawn from real-world sources, including periodicals such as Arts and Sciences for Kids Magazine, Cobblestone Magazine, MUSE Magazine and others.

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