K12 Headlines

7/8/2015

7/8/2015

Many programs that focus on closing the equity gap only address educational attainment. But the broader definition of success should include young people becoming aware of themselves and the wide range options available to them, while developing the competencies to pursue those options and make good decisions as citizens of the world.

7/8/2015

There is a push by 39 prominent Hispanic advocacy groups to lawmakers to retain federal control or penalties of No Child Left Behind to protect English language learners and other disadvantaged students.

7/8/2015

Edgenuity MyPath will soon be able to incorporate Scantron Performance Series assessment data to deliver personalized learning plans to students. This product solution will enable school districts to use previously collected data to offer targeted student instruction.

7/8/2015

A package of eight bills designed to give Michigan school districts help more quickly if the state determines they are at risk of a financial emergency has been signed by the governor. One raises the cap on emergency loans to municipalities.

7/8/2015

The personalized professional growth system replaces Truenorthlogic's Talent Management System. The Truenorthlogic Connect Platform consists of four integrated offerings focused on evaluation, professional development, talent support, and a tool to score and certify observers who conduct teacher, principal and staff observations for consistency.

7/8/2015

The computerized assessment tests reading skills and identifies strengths and weaknesses for a single student, a class, or the entire K12 school population. Formerly known as RAPS 360, the updated MindPlay Universal Screener now works on any computer platform, as well as on iPads and tablets.

7/7/2015

7/7/2015

Gov. Bobby Jindal has agreed to give local public school districts more freedom to choose their textbooks. The state education department will review instructional materials in English, math, science and social studies to decide whether they meet state educational standards. But local districts won't be bound by its approved list.

7/7/2015

Blackboard has acquired X-Ray Analytics, a predictive analytics technology that provides visualizations of past behavior and performances at the course, cross-course and institutional levels. The technology will be first integrated into Blackboard's Moodlerooms and Enterprise Moodle.

7/7/2015

With the reauthorization of the dysfunctional No Child Left Behind, we have a chance to once again let teachers teach and let students learn. Educators know that good teaching and learning inspires students' natural curiosity, imagination, and the ability to develop critical thinking skills. Schools must nurture these values because the stakes are high.

7/7/2015

When Nevada enacted the nation's first law creating almost universal access to education savings accounts, few reformers pointed out that it would undermine equal opportunity. Those who can afford to add to their education savings account to buy a more expensive education will do just that. But those who can't will not.

7/7/2015

The advanced scoring analytics API can evaluate student performance within simulations, games, and other open-ended assessment items and digital learning objects — in real time.

7/7/2015

In Topeka, which uses the program, many didn’t fill out an alternate form that’s needed to secure state funding for serving at-risk students. The Topeka district may have lost about $330,000 in state aid last school year as a result.

7/7/2015

Fewer students in the city's public schools have been required to attend summer school this year than in the past several years, according to data from the city’s Education Department. It also shows a lower percentage of students have been held back a grade since Bill de Blasio became mayor in 2014.

7/7/2015

A bipartisan duo of House members have introduced legislation that would require school districts that receive funding through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to establish policies that ban bullying on the basis of race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation or religion.

7/7/2015

Pasadena High is trying something different. The school is placing some responsibility for policing online bullying on its students. The students are learning to confront bullies, responding to put-downs with positive posts, or distracting their friends with real-world activities so they don’t become bullies online.

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