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Data platform expanded by Edmentum

Edmentum's Edmentum Sensei has expanded its intuitive reporting for teachers using Study Island and has added new views in Plato Courseware and Edmentum Assessments. With the actionable data platform, educators can track standards mastery data to make formative instructional decisions.

Teacher education key to Louisiana’s transformation

A common thread in high-achieving countries is an elevated priority on teacher education that ought to raise our collective sensibilities, stirring movement toward embracing that model right here in Louisiana. While there are certainly some examples of good efforts occurring in teacher education programs in our state, we are not doing near enough.

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Fix teacher evaluation system now

New York's teacher evaluation system is widely disliked. Lawmakers and educators should work together to craft a system that identifies teachers' needs – and those who can't do the job.

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Questar Assessment to develop Washington, D.C.'s middle school social studies field test

The District of Columbia Public Schools has chosen Questar Assessment Inc. to develop assessment items to be administered online for social studies assessment for sixth, seventh and eighth graders.

Texas district names Lowell Strike as top administrator

Lowell Strike, Little Elm ISD's lone finalist for the position, was officially named as superintendent. Strike, who will begin with the district in January, previously held the position of associate superintendent of the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD.

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New Hartford has a new superintendent of schools

Interim Superintendent Paul Smotas announced that the Connecticut elementary school district's school board appointed Brian P. Murphy to the job, effective January 20. Murphy is currently the principal of Great Oak Middle School in Oxford, where he has been since 2006.

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Lone finalist for superintendent position announced for Texas district

The Bullard ISD Board of Trustees named Todd Schneider as the lone finalist for its superintendent of schools position. In addition to teaching and coaching, he served as assistant principal for Crandall ISD and as principal and superintendent at Martin's Mill.

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Pittsburgh school board OKs budget with no change in property tax rate

Pittsburgh Public Schools’ board of directors approved a final budget of $556.8 million for 2015. More than half of the budget is allocated for salaries and benefits, with other large items including the district’s debt service, charter school tuition fees, transportation and education.

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Coalition releases school grades for parents

Colorado parents looking for more user-friendly information about their school’s academic performance last year can now search an updated online database that ranks schools on an A-F grading scale. ColoradoSchoolGrades.com uses data from the Colorado Department of Education and a formula developed by the University of Colorado Denver to compute the grades.

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School's bible giveaway prompts threat of lawsuit

Bibles are reportedly being distributed to elementary students in a Georgia public school district this week — something that represents an “appalling violation” of children’s freedom of thought," says the national Freedom From Religion Foundation. It’s why the organization has threatened to file a lawsuit if the practice doesn’t stop.

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