K12 Headlines

7/14/2014

7/14/2014

The admissions formula at New York's Stuyvesant High School has not yielded a student body that looks like New York—not even close. Of the 952 admissions offers Stuyvesant made in 2014, 71 percent went to students of Asian origin, while only 2.9 percent went to black and Latino students.

7/14/2014

Stacked up against other states, Texas public schools could win the best-bang-for-your-buck competition. The state has consistently ranked among the bottom five nationally in per-student spending yet some academic performance measures are on the upswing.

7/14/2014

The reason games work is that they actively engage players cognitively, emotionally, and socially to keep them motivated to play. Even failure is attractive in the game universe, since players know if they keep trying, they will eventually master the skill or beat the level.

7/14/2014

School Improvement Network released a report on teacher professional development policy in all 50 states. The report findings indicate that schools, districts and states lack the professional development and support needed to make soon mandated teacher evaluations a meaningful part of professional growth towards educator effectiveness.

7/14/2014

Sunrise Digital is now making posters on MagiCling, a material that allows posters to stick to virtually any surface. This thin 2-mil white film is electrostatically charged to cling to a flat surface.

7/14/2014

Members of the state's Board of Education are expecting to vote on math and English language arts standards educators will use for teaching students during the 2015-16 school year as early as December, with a team of writers producing the new standards no later than August

7/14/2014

While summer programs in many California public school districts have been scaled back or eliminated, scores of students in predominantly affluent areas can pay for courses, bolstering their transcripts to be more attractive to colleges.

7/14/2014

We need to cut the middle out of middle schools, either by combining them with the guidance and nurturing that children find in elementary school, or with the focus on adult success that we expect from our high schools.

7/14/2014

The National Academy Foundation (NAF) and nine companies announced NAFTrack Certified Hiring, a new academic and work-based learning initiative that prepares high school students for college and careers. The companies committed to giving special consideration to job applicants who, as high school graduates, earned NAF credentials.

7/14/2014

Long wait lists in Springfield—and 16 other underperforming districts across the state—provides evidence that the state should lift its cap on charters schools, a privately funded research organization argues.

7/14/2014

Unlike initiatives in Louisiana and Tennessee, which have concentrated weak schools in districts run directly by the state, Colorado is leaving control of the turnaround schools up to local districts.

7/14/2014

A coalition of climate and science groups has launched a petition, dubbed the Climate Science Bill of Rights, to urge local governments to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards and teach climate change science in grades 8-12.

7/14/2014

The move will phase out E-rate funding for old technologies like pagers and dial-up phone service in order to subsidize broadband and wireless Internet connections in classrooms and libraries.

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Burkburnett Independent School District is deepening its nine-year partnership with Discovery Education. The district is expanding access to Discovery Education’s digital content for all students in the coming school year and launching a new comprehensive professional development program.

7/11/2014

After leading the Webster schools for eight years, Superintendent Adele Bovard will step down and take a new job with the district in Rochester. Bovard will become Rochester's deputy superintendent for administration.

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