K12 Headlines

10/20/2014

10/20/2014

To make suspensions something more than quality couch-time and to support some of the Montclair School District's at-risk students, the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corp. is piloting a new program that will provide tutoring and counseling to students suspended from Montclair High School.

10/20/2014

Learners Edge has added Simpson College as a new academic partner, expanding the reach of continuing education courses for teachers throughout the state of Iowa and surrounding areas. Simpson College will offer 17 continuing education courses for pre-K through 12 educators, including courses on ADHD, literacy, autism and bullying.

10/20/2014

Members of the Go Public steering committee pointed to a survey last month in which 40 percent of respondents said they had a strong positive impression of local public schools, up from 27 percent a year earlier.

10/17/2014

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 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

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

Facing criticism over the rollout of an ambitious plan to put a personal computing device in the hands of every student, Superintendent John Deasy stepped down from his post with LAUSD. Deasy is credited with improving test scores and increasing graduation rates for the district. Ramon Cortines, a former Los Angeles superintendent, will serve as interim superintendent.

10/17/2014

High school football is a great source of community spirit and pride for many towns. It's practically unpatriotic to suggest options other than our current paradigm. And who's to say that an academically-driven schedule in Sayreville would have protected those boys from criminal assault? But our Friday Night Lights fixation is getting in the way of student learning.

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

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

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

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.

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