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National Geographic Learning program approved for Ariz. district

National Geographic Learning's Financial Algebra has been approved for use in Mesa Public Schools' high schools in Arizona. The algebra-based, technology-rich program is developed for and aligned to the Common Core State Standards that use Algebra I skills in a financial setting.

Apex Learning introduces digital curriculum for middle schools

Apex Learning is expanding its Apex Learning Tutorials to middle school students. The new Tutorials include Math 6, 7, 8 and English language arts 6, 7, 8. Tutorials are tablet-ready for Android and iOS devices as well as netbooks, laptops and desktop computers.

SPARK adds video content for physically active instruction breaks

SPARK has added five-minute Fast Break Videos to its Classroom Activity & Recess program, SPARKabc’s. The Fast Break Videos provide educators with a quick, visual tool for getting students active in between lessons.

Path4Success announces new school partnerships

Path4Success is partnering with more than 86 high schools and sports camps around the country for this upcoming school year. The seminars focus on topics such as academics, standardized test, college admissions, cyberbullying, social media and drugs and alcohol.

Focus on ninth grade increases Chicago high school graduation rates

Efforts to improve the academic performance of freshmen drove large improvements in graduation rates three years later in a diverse set of 20 Chicago public high schools, according to a report released by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.

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Send us your construction photos

Are there construction or renovations underway in your district? If so please share photos that we can share with our readers in our special August issue on facilities and construction. Send high-resolution images to Alison DeNisco at adenisco@districtadministration.com.

A cost-effective strategy for quality pre-K education in Dallas

There is great wisdom in providing an early education for children who have not had the advantage of a language-rich background. The only question then: How are we going to pay for it, knowing that sufficient new money for early childhood education is unlikely? The answer is simply that we must do more with less.

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Test teachers, but first train them

edTPA, the new teacher performance assessment in New York, has been built by the profession for the profession. Unfortunately, the current implementation of the edTPA is not serving the teaching profession as it should.

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Statewide poll links Pa. public education, economic development

Terry Madonna Opinion Research's Spring 2014 Omnibus Survey shows large majorities of registered voters in Pennsylvania believe public schools have an effect on the economy, the investment in public schools should be larger and a school funding formula should be used to ensure fair distribution.

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Fortres Grand's Clean Slate wipes computer changes

Fortres Grand Corporation released Clean Slate Version 7 for Windows 8.1/8/7 support. Clean Slate offers hard drive protection which discards unwanted computer changes at log off and reboot, restoring the computer to its original configuration.