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Free SAT prep program launched for students

Test Free has launched SAT Free, a no-cost online test preparation course, for all college-bound and college-interested students, including juniors taking the SAT this spring.

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District transforms rent into innovation

Superintendent David Stegall of Newton-Conover City Schools in North Carolina had a simple idea two years ago: The fees collected when community groups rent district facilities—instead of going to the general fund—could be given to students and staff to develop innovative programs.

Copilot Networks enhances app with weekly tech activity report

The free Copilot Family parental control app will include the weekly Insight Email, which will detail a child’s technology use. The feature provides a window into how children are using mobile devices, indicating what new apps the child has downloaded on a weekly basis.

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Clearer view of the classroom

As states try to bring new rigor and accountability to their teacher evaluation systems, digital video is emerging as one tool for standardizing and enhancing the sometimes perfunctory ritual of classroom observation.

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No room for ghosts in Yonkers schools

No nonsense, persistent and protective, native son and superintendent Michael Yazurlo strives to move Yonkers, N.Y. schools from a segregated past to brighter future, and transform the culture of one of New York state's “Big 5” largest urban districts.

Tennessee district expands deal with Discovery Education

Discovery Education expanded its partnership with Tennessee’s Metro Nashville Public Schools. In the latest phase of this seven-year relationship, middle school students districtwide will be able to learn through Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook series.

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Coding from kindergarten to graduation

We interact with computing devices every day—so should we have a better understanding of the science behind them? An increasing number of districts are saying yes—this year, 25 states require computer science courses for high school graduation, compared to only 11 states in 2013.

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Magnet schools make a comeback

Magnet schools have made a big comeback in America’s education system, offering curricula that span the spectrum—from medicine to the arts to language immersion. The revitalized programs provide plenty of hands-on experience, while the academic themes are infused into traditional classes such as math and English.

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State laws unclear when families opt out of tests

Many state education departments remain silent on how districts should handle parent requests for opting students out of PARCC or Smarter Balanced testing. Some states allow families to opt out for religious or disability reasons, while others mandate assessments but have no consequences for non-participation.

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Slideshow: Students learn to rebuild history

New York City students are getting a taste of carpentry and other trades through a partnership with the National Park Service focused on refurbishing historical buildings.