K12 Headlines

7/25/2014

7/25/2014

In its report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked all 50 states in terms of educational achievement based on how many of the states' students are enrolled in preschool, how many students are proficient in reading and math, and the states' high school graduation rates. Nevada and New Mexico received the lowest rankings; Massachusetts and New Jersey held the top two spots.

7/25/2014

DecisionEd has entered into an agreement with Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 to implement a data warehouse solution for data management, analytics and reports.

7/25/2014

Texas will take an additional year to pilot a controversial new state teacher evaluation system. The new policy — which for the first time ties teacher assessments to student performance on standardized tests — is also the first update to teacher evaluations the state has made in 17 years.

7/25/2014

A judge rejected the latest effort by Union County parents to stop the school district’s controversial redistricting plan. The redistricting was designed to ease overcrowding by sending several thousand students to less-crowded schools. Much of the overcrowding is in the fast-growing western portion of the county.

7/25/2014

The Santa Clara County Board of Education appointed Jon R. Gundry as the new county superintendent of schools. The sole finalist for the position, Gundry currently serves as superintendent of the Pasadena USD.

7/25/2014

If You Can Company released a parent dashboard that is now available along with the iPad game, IF…game. Created for children ages 6 - 12, the app is a chapter-based adventure game that helps children learn social and emotional skills.

7/25/2014

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space and National Geographic Learning are developing a science education initiative designed to engage young learners in STEM education. The programming will deliver content related to space travel and space-based research in a model designed for elementary science classrooms.

7/25/2014

Miami-Dade County School Board members gave preliminary approval to a $2.9 billion general fund budget and slightly lower tax rate. Included in the budget is funding for new initiatives, such as providing digital textbooks and mobile tablets for students.

7/25/2014

New school data released this week is intended to give the public a new look at how Georgia schools are performing. Designed to show how much students at each school learn in a year, regardless of whether they passed state tests, it’s part of a shift away from grading schools almost entirely on pass/fail rates on tests.

7/25/2014

A Commonwealth Court ruling could pave the way for charter schools outside Philadelphia to expand their operations and take on more students. Current state law allows charter schools in Philadelphia to operate at multiple locations, but it limits all other charter schools to single locations.

7/25/2014

The Sterling Board of Education chose Brenda Needham as its new superintendent. Needham is currently the superintendent at the Rivendell Interstate School District in New Hampshire.

7/24/2014

7/24/2014

Tynker has expanded its Tynker platform to enable kids to use the Tynker app on iPad and Android tablets to build customized apps, including games, animations and interactive stories and puzzles.

7/24/2014

There is a lot of money tied up in educational technology. It seems that a lot of faith is being placed in the technology that will soon arrive in K12 and college classrooms and on campuses - but what is actually being created?

7/24/2014

Pittsburgh Public Schools board has unanimously rejected expansion plans by the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park that would have cost the district as much as $11 million a year and approved changes proposed by two other charter schools.

7/24/2014

The Illinois city's $5.8 billion operating budget and $1 billion in spending on capital projects and debt payments has been approved. The budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year has been criticized for making cuts to neighborhood schools, increasing spending for privately run charters, and adding two months to the fiscal year to to help cover an $862 million shortfall.

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