K12 Headlines

7/18/2014

7/18/2014

Verso Learning announced the United States launch of its formative assessment tool, Verso App. Already used by 1,700 K12 schools in 95 countries, the app is free, available through iTunes and Google Play, and works on any mobile device as well as most popular browsers.

7/18/2014

The Omaha school board, with the clock ticking to finalize a list of construction projects in time for a November election, will consider a plan for renovating and building new schools that would cost $683 million. The bond issue would be the largest in the district's history and likely in state history.

7/18/2014

What if we could change the perception of math from being an enigma to being a part of our everyday lives? One way is by making math hands-on, interactive and, yes, even fun. Children learn by playing, so we need to let them play with mathematical concepts.

7/18/2014

Families expect to spend more on school items than they did last year, even though more than 80 percent say the tough economy still impacts their spending decisions, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual back-to-school survey.

7/18/2014

Critical safety changes were announced that impact all Massachusetts schools. The Massachusetts Task Force on School Safety and Security released a 30-page report that lists 29 safety recommendations for school leaders.

7/18/2014

Nimble Minds' new app, Bud's Rhyming Words, has been released worldwide on App Store, Google Play and Amazon. The app's three games teach children about word families, CVC and short and long vowel words.

7/18/2014

Alabama's Jasper City Schools System has a new superintendent. Ann Jackson, currently the principal at Memorial Park Elementary School, will be the district’s new leader.

7/18/2014

The state's Commission on School Accreditation will consider declaring a state of emergency next week to take control of the Greenwood school system. Gov. Phil Bryant must approve the emergency declaration before officials can appoint a conservator, removing from office the current superintendent and school board.

7/17/2014

7/17/2014

Competing construction needs, from decaying buildings to overcrowding, confronted Seminole County school board members as they worked to prioritize about $176 million in future sales tax proceeds.

7/17/2014

McGraw-Hill Education CTB announced the completion of the first cycle of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s new OECD Test for Schools benchmarking tool. The 2014 results provide schools with insights into student performance in reading, science and mathematics relative to international results from the Programme for International Student Assessment.

7/17/2014

Edmodo released Snapshot, a formative assessment tool designed to provide real-time insight into student proficiency in educational standards and help teachers immediately address any learning gaps. Built directly into the Edmodo platform, Snapshot is customized for both teachers and administrators.

7/17/2014

Raising state-mandated math and science course graduation requirements may increase high school dropout rates without a meaningful effect on college enrollment or degree attainment, according to new research published in American Educational Research Association's Educational Researcher.

7/17/2014

The U.S. Department of Education's civil rights office is investigating a complaint that the Houston school district's closure of two campuses this year discriminates against black and Hispanic students.

7/17/2014

Family Urban Schools of Excellence (FUSE), facing a state investigation and the loss of school management contracts in Connecticut, has now been pulled from an elementary school in Louisiana that was set to open next month in Baton Rouge. With this loss, FUSE will no longer manage any schools.

7/17/2014

A measure to lift the Massachusetts’ cap on the number of charter schools failed by a wide margin in the state's Senate. Senators voted against a proposal that would make the charter expansion contingent on the state fully reimbursing traditional school districts when students transfer to charter schools.

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