DA Daily

North Carolina Supreme Court weighs school voucher program

The North Carolina Supreme Court has started hearing arguments to determine whether the Opportunity Scholarships school voucher program created by state lawmakers two years ago is legal.

Read more »

Achievement School District’s test focus vulnerable to change

Tennessee’s unique Achievement School District, which seeks to turn around the state’s bottom 5 percent of public schools, would be impacted more directly than locally operated school districts if the state again changes its academic standards and assessments, according to a new report.

Read more »

W.V. Senate brings back charter schools bill

A highly debated bill to allow charter schools in West Virginia was “postponed indefinitely” during a Senate committee February 23. However, a move by the majority party brought the measure back into debate during the Senate's regular session the next day.

Read more »

No Child Left Behind and testing help hold schools accountable

Annual, statewide testing should be saved, and it can be if moderates in both parties fight off special interests. But perhaps the most likely outcome will be to delay the decision for two more years, leaving No Child Left Behind and testing to be tackled by the next president.

Read more »

New Spanish literacy resources debuted by Benchmark Education

The two new Spanish-language reading series in print format are designed for K2 students. Text Connections en español helps Spanish speakers read, analyze and respond to key text types while Soluciones helps struggling readers with foundational skills and oral language development.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt launches new education services organization

HMH Education Services is a newly formed organization that will offer a comprehensive set of services to K12 districts, including technical planning, curriculum implementation guidance, districtwide data analysis, school improvement offerings and professional development.

Lawmakers approve two Missouri school transfer bills

Both Missouri Legislative chambers gave first-round approval to their respective school transfer measures, which expand virtual education options. The measures are the Legislature’s second try at modifying the current transfer law — which allows children in unaccredited school districts to transfer to higher-performing ones.

Read more »

800 new digital learning activities released for grades 6-8

Compass Learning's Pathblazer math and reading intervention solution and Hybridge blended learning solution have been enriched with more than 800 new digital learning activities that align to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and Smarter Balanced Assessments.

Easy K8 printables released by MyExcelTemplates.com

MyExcelTemplates.com has rolled out a variety of printable and customizable spreadsheets for teachers to use as worksheets and grade trackers.

Former Oak Grove principal hired as Central Cass superintendent

Morgan Forness, a longtime private-school educator, was named the superintendent of North Dakota's Central Cass Schools. Forness is the superintendent and principal of Shiloh Christian School in Bismarck.

Read more »