K12 Headlines

6/24/2014

6/24/2014

Kaplan has teamed up with Microsoft Corp. to create Core Score, a free educational app for Windows devices that provides students in grades three through eight with math practice questions created for the Common Core State Standards.

6/24/2014

School systems do not need sweeping change in educational practice to effectively address the growing numbers of English Language Learners (ELLs) in public schools. By streamlining the technology that exists, ELL educators can reach their students with better tracking, documentation and communication.

6/24/2014

The landscape of youth sports is changing dramatically, according to a Sports Facilities Advisory's analysis. Increasing budget cuts and a declining emphasis on sports in schools is leading to a growing privatization trend in youth sports.

6/24/2014

Administrators have shown they can work out the kinks of their new, healthier meal programs and increase student participation. Giving temporary waivers for the school meal nutrition requirements will enable schools who haven't done well adjusting to the new changes more time to creatively implement the programs.

6/24/2014

New York’s school composting efforts are part of an expanding citywide program in which residents are being asked to separate their scraps for pickups by city sanitation trucks. The city is also teaming up with districts in cities nationwide to make bulk purchases of compostable plates.

6/24/2014

In California, 58 percent of foster youths graduated from high school their senior year in 2009-2010. A program in Los Angeles County has been aiming to reverse that trend. Under the initiative, a group of social workers tracks the academic progress of foster children and makes sure they stay on the path to graduation.

6/24/2014

Gregory Myers has been named as Millbury's next superintendent. The Quaboag Regional Middle-High School principal replaces Superintendent Susan T. Hitchcock, who will retire in mid-August.

6/24/2014

Beth Niedermeyer, assistant superintendent at Hamilton Southeastern Schools, will head up Noblesville School District as superintendent. She is replacing Libbie Conner, who retires September 1, 2014.

6/24/2014

After denying a data breach, Jersey City school officials are now alleging that a local charter school did improperly access students' personal information. The district has restricted the charter school's access to the system and is determining the extent of the data breach and how to protect student information.

6/24/2014

Forty-four Mississippi schools districts — the largest number in the Southeast — remain embroiled in lawsuits seeking to end decades of federal oversight. Legal battles over school desegregation have persisted since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

6/24/2014

State District Judge John Dietz will continue to preside over the long-running case that is challenging the way Texas finances its public schools, a visiting judge ruled. The state's attorney general pushed to remove Dietz from the case, arguing that recently revealed emails show the judge was biased in favor of plaintiffs lawyers.

6/23/2014

6/23/2014

Pearson is integrating its GradPoint and PowerSchool applications, allowing customers to synch course and student data on a regular basis. PowerSchool is a web-based student information system while GradPoint is a collection of more than 200 standards-based online courses for students in grades six through 12.

6/23/2014

A new federal program could allow some Kansas schools to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students, at no cost to their families.

6/23/2014

ETS's Research & Development Division has launched a new website designed to inform science educators and researchers of ETS's work developing science assessments for the primary and secondary school levels. The site is a result of the Cognitively Based Assessment of, for, and as Learning (CBAL) initiative.

6/23/2014

State control — and the subsequent lack of local input and accountability — has ushered in policies such as school closings, school turnarounds and charter school expansion in neighborhoods that mostly serve African-American and Latino students. 

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