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Next year, finals to be mandatory at all Wichita, Kan., high schools

Administrators have been drafting new finals guidelines for this fall. The plan calls for mandatory final exams in every subject every semester in addition to taking away exemptions that allow students to bypass final exams if they have a certain grade or attendance record.

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Schools coping with Common Core turbulence

The rollout of the Common Core State Standards in classrooms nationwide this school year has been “bumpy” as states struggle to provide professional development for teachers, align curricular materials and create assessments that adequately measure the standards, according to a report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

Hobsons launches Naviance College and Career Readiness Curriculum

In an effort to make college a possibility for all students, particularly students who would be first in their families to attend college, Hobsons announced the release of the Naviance College and Career Readiness Curriculum, a blended learning college and career readiness solution for students in middle and high school.

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Teacher’s start-up fills digital literacy gap for students with autism

A first-of-its-kind online learning platform--developed by a special education teacher--is bringing critical digital and life skills to Philadelphia students with autism and developmental disorders.

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Latest SAT overhaul aligns with Common Core

The newly redesigned SAT will be more in line with the Common Core standards. Beginning in 2016, it will test students on what they’re learning from their high school curriculum and measure skills needed for college and career readiness.

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Corporate eye on education

Some of the world’s most powerful companies are increasing their influence in K12 education by funding programs that blend workforce development with public service.

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Why principals should be wary of homework

Few topics generate as much debate in education as homework. Experts disagree on its educational value, and research offers little clarification. Teachers and parents vary in how much homework they think children should do. So where do principals fit into the homework system?

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Rethinking professional learning in the digital age

When planning the implementation of a huge technology initiative, where audio enhancement and camera technologies would be placed in 552 classrooms over the summer of 2013, one school district's technology director says he knew that the key to success was rethinking how professional learning is delivered.

A school bus is not a billboard

For parents in many Massachusetts towns, writing a check for school-bus transportation is routine. But as painful as those bus fees may be, it could be worse: We could be writing checks so that our children can climb on school buses papered with ads.

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Suspensions at R.I. schools down; rates for minority students high

Although the total number of suspensions in Rhode Island public schools has declined dramatically, minority students are suspended at disproportionately higher rates than their white peers, according to the Rhode Island Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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