K12 Headlines

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

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

The Touchjet Pond Projector turns any wall or table surface into an 80-inch interactive touchscreen where students and teachers can display and interact with Android educational apps, fostering group problem solving and social learning.

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.

7/6/2015

7/6/2015

The educational assessment services provider is buying key assets of the CTB assessment business of McGraw-Hill Education. Data Recognition Corporation will acquire CTB's statewide custom business and summative shelf assessment products, including TerraNova, LAS Links, TABE and TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion high school equivalency assessment.

7/6/2015

With HTML5 as its core technology, eSchoolPLUS 4.0 offers expanded features including responsive design, advanced navigation tools, and mobile-first design concepts.

7/6/2015

In addition to offering unique content from MasteryConnect, the new web-based Mindful professional development platform will offer teachers access to School Improvement Network’s library of more than 2,500 videos.

7/6/2015

Edmentum launched its new Flex Assignments to customize instructional content and the Virtual Collaboration Space to connect with students in a synchronous environment. In addition, new courses have been added to Plato Courseware and EdOptions Academy, including math and English language arts, over 40 state-specific ones and more career technical education courses.

7/6/2015

Ask any educator what the major challenge is in providing the effective professional learning needed to implement Common Core State Standards, and the answer is the same: Time.

7/6/2015

his is another case of good intentions being implemented with bad policy, and the money could have been better spent to promote teaching as a professional career.

7/6/2015

Unless we modernize our elementary and secondary education systems with a greater focus on college and career readiness, we will never have the robust pipeline of skilled workers our knowledge economy demands.

7/6/2015

Passed last year, Act 166 requires every school district to provide access to at least 10 hours per week of free pre-K for all children ages 3 to 5 not in kindergarten during the school year, either by running an in-house program or paying tuition to independent providers.

7/6/2015

Houston ISD board president Rhonda Skillern-Jones has said she wants her fellow trustees to consider renaming six campuses, following the June shooting deaths of nine black worshipers by an alleged white supremacist at a church in South Carolina. In that state, the Confederate flag hangs outside the capitol.

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