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What will happen to ‘big data’ In education?

Student information, like electronic health records, remains much more sensitive than other kinds of consumer information. In state after state, parents and other education activists raised concerns that student data would be exploited for financial gain or stolen by hackers.

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States mull dropping Common Core

More than a dozen states are considering legislation to repeal their involvement in the Common Core State standards, responding to a surge of discontent from an unlikely coalition of conservatives, parents, unions, and teachers.

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Year-round classes are coming for some Cleveland high school students

All ninth graders attending John F. Kennedy High School could start their new school year on July 28 this summer. Students would then have 10 weeks of classes, followed by three weeks off - a pattern that would then keep repeating, with no further definition between school years.

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New York schools can average state test participation rates

After so many students in grades 3-8 statewide opted out of the English Language Arts exams given this week, schools that failed to have 95 percent of their students take the tests won't have to worry this year about failing to make the grade.

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NJ schools take the PARCC test for a test-drive

Several hundred districts in New Jersey volunteered to test drive the math and language arts sections of the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers during a four-week window that began March 24. The scores will not count.

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Kansas legislators tackle school funding question

The Kansas Senate has approved a plan aimed at fixing an unconstitutional funding imbalance between rich and poor school districts. The plan gives local school districts the ability to expand their taxing authority with voter consent but also contains some controversial provisions.

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Newtown schools enrollment declines post Sandy Hook

School officials have commissioned an enrollment study to determine if the drop in students is part of a larger demographic shift that is being felt in many suburban school districts or if it is yet another lingering effect of the school shooting that claimed the lives of 20 children and six educators in December 2012.

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Listen for Life launches "Travels With Music" for K12

Listen for Life has created Travels With Music to introduce students to world cultures, using music as the gateway. The multimedia program explores 15 world cultures through the use of 300 video and audio segments that comprise six hours of classroom instruction.

Volunteer school board members deserve adequate training

A recent survey of likely Michigan voters for the Michigan Association of School Boards showed overwhelming support for professional development and training for board members to meet the board's demanding responsibilities. Without this knowledge and awareness, boards are potentially liable for infractions against state laws and statutes.

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Don't water down Illinois teacher standards

Enforcing tougher standards means more students, especially minorities, aren't making the grade as prospective Illinois teachers. That's a big concern because the state needs a diverse teaching cadre. Illinois state government's ill-guided solution: Ease the standards.

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