K12 Headlines

10/17/2014

10/17/2014

The SME Education Foundation’s Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME) initiative has selected six new high schools in Montana, Kentucky, California, Florida and Ohio to participate in its program. PRIME creates connections between manufacturing high school students, educators and the industry to train students and drive interest and awareness in manufacturing.

10/17/2014

The assessments for Triumph Learning's new Waggle for the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) include 26 different item types. Smarter Balance is one of two multi-state consortia awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop a Common Core-aligned assessment system by the 2014-2015 school year.

10/17/2014

Canon U.S.A., Inc. released its new high brightness REALiS WUX6000 Installation LCOS projector for medium-to-large display environments. The new projector offers multiple image-mode settings and adjustments, a choice of optional Genuine Canon projection lenses and motorized lens shift.

10/17/2014

The Mississippi Department of Education released this year's school accountability results, which are nearly identical to last year's results. All districts were granted a waiver saying they would not be held accountable for declining performances on the MCT-2, a standardized test that's disappearing this school year. Grades only changed this year if a school happened to improve, which most did not.

10/17/2014

Schools in Waukegan will remain closed again as the teacher strike continues into its tenth day due to an impasse between Waukegan District 60 and its teachers union over teacher compensation.

10/17/2014

In a closed school board session focused on Superintendent Nick Salerno's performance review, the California district's board offered to buy out his contract and he accepted. Salerno has sat in the superintendent’s seat for five years.

10/17/2014

Seth Miller, Westville's director of operations since 2007, was offered a three-year contract by the school board. It takes effect when Superintendent Jim Owens retires at the end of this school year.

10/17/2014

AVerMedia Technologies, Inc. launched ExtremeCap 910, a portable lecture recorder that can be used for meetings and educational purposes. ExtremeCap 910 can record audio and HD video content up to 1080p via HDMI or VGA input.

10/17/2014

Exposure to nature has long been linked to lower stress levels and mental alertness, but a new study finds it is also associated with higher scores on a standardized test. Even after controlling for factors such as race and parental income, Massachusetts third graders with greater outside exposure showed better English and math academic performance, a new study reports in the online journal PLoS One.

10/17/2014

A new poll suggests North Dakota's proposed Measure 8 will pass without a hitch with voters. If the measure is approved, all public school classes in the state would begin after Labor Day. Supporters initiated the measure to prevent students from sitting in hot classrooms at the end of summer, which has caused districts to cancel school.

10/17/2014

The Bay District School Board is giving three new charter programs the green light. Newpoint Bay will add an elementary school and alternative high school while University Academy will add a middle school to its elementary program.

10/17/2014

While the number of children medicated for ADHD continues to rise, a new study shows that the number of kids who actually take such medication varies by season. According to American Sociological Review's research, middle and high school students are 30 percent more likely to have a prescription filled for stimulant medication during the school year than they are during the summer.

10/17/2014

Here’s a chance to make a change that really is in the best interests of the majority of students, who should not go to class in sad shape so a relatively few of their classmates can pursue athletics when it is convenient for them. A bill directing the education establishment to fix the start time rather than create more studies and reports to gather dust should be written.

10/16/2014

10/16/2014

Indiana schools will not receive their "A-F" school grades for at least another three weeks. The State Board of Education voted to delay their release because of problems with how International Baccalaureate scores were recorded for a small number of schools.

10/16/2014

A new collection of six web forms for its BusinessPLUS financial and human resources management software is being released by SunGard K-12 Education. The BusinessPLUS Web Form Productivity Pack is designed to help boost efficiency of a school district’s business operations and support employees with managing travel, expenses and vacation time.

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