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Philadelphia district redesigns school evaluations

The Pennsylvania district has redesigned its school report cards, making it easier to compare schools with the same grade spans and similar demographics. The report cards measure academic achievement, progress, school climate and top performers. For high schools, college and career readiness is also measured.

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Familiar video games find homes in schools

As part of a movement that aims to motivate kids through familiar technology, teachers are tapping the creative power of games such as Minecraft, Assassin's Creed and World of Warcraft to educate students in everything from history to engineering to biology.

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Second largest Alabama district buys out superintendent's contract

Stephen Nowlin has stepped down as superintendent of Jefferson County Schools, just 18 months after accepting the job, after being offered a buyout of his contract by the board of education.

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Kickboard adds bubble sheet grading, powered by Gradecam

Kickboard released an enhancement to its instructional management solution. Using the new bubble sheet grading feature, powered by GradeCam, teachers can instantly grade multiple-choice assessments using their computer’s web camera with scores being immediately available in Kickboard.

New California school focuses on innovation

Bonsall High will be a New Tech model school, one of about 150 in the nation and 20 in California. The model focuses intensely on collaborative, project-based learning among other strategies designed to enhance critical thinking skills to prepare students for college or careers.

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New York backs adding speed cameras to city school zones

The State Assembly authorized hundreds of new speed cameras for school zones in New York City and Long Island, endorsing a key part of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to reduce traffic fatalities.

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Superintendent resigns to take position at another New Jersey district

Wayne schools Superintendent Raymond Gonzalez has resigned to take a job leading the Westwood Regional district. Gonzalez's departure means the Wayne district will be left without a top leader for the seventh time in seven years

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N.C. bill proposed to replace Common Core with state standards

A draft bill in North Carolina replaces the Common Core State Standards Initiative in reading and math with new education benchmarks to be created by the State Board of Education, in consultation with a new Academic Standards Review Commission.

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GwenCarol Holmes chosen as Idaho county's superintendent

The Blaine County School District has selected GwenCarol Holmes, the chief academic officer of Alexandria Public Schools in Virginia, as the district’s new superintendent. Former Superintendent Lonnie Barber’s contract was terminated by the school board in September 2013.

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PCS announces 3D interactive curriculum

PCS Edventures!.com released its new 3DIC, developed through a strategic partnership with Curious Media. Combining gaming with interactive curriculum for K12, 3DIC provides step-by-step instruction for students working with robotic building components.