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13th Grade: How Florida Schools Are Failing To Prepare Graduates For College

Florida’s K-12 public education system has graduated hundreds of thousands of students in the past decade who couldn’t read, write or solve math problems well enough to take some college-level courses.

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Sacramento (Calif.) Will be Less Late in Paying Schools

California public schools, community colleges and counties will get an early holiday gift from the state: Sacramento will pay about $1.9 billion that it owes them in December, a month earlier than promised.

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Plato Learning Gets New Name: Edmentum

Vin Riera, CEO of Bloomington-based education-software firm Plato Learning will announce Thursday that the company is changing its name to "Edmentum" to reflect its growing "online-learning solutions" focused on 21st-century classrooms.

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N.J. Superintendent Explains Test Scores As Just One Tool for Determining Success

While they can also be deemed useful, state-issued test scores are just one highly subjective piece of the puzzle in determining student progress, according to Superintendent of Schools Donna Cardiello.

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Ind. Schools Work to Ensure iPads Aren't Misused

Schools in Indiana that issued iPads to students this year say they are finding ways to teach children not to use them inappropriately and are working to allay parents' fears about the devices being used for everything from posting items on social media to downloading inappropriate content.

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Learning First Alliance Welcomes Two New Board Members

The Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of 16 leading education associations with more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America's public schools, welcomes Thomas Gentzel, the new executive director of the National School Boards Association (NSBA), and Brian Lewis, the new chief executive officer of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), to its board.

Three Educational Apps for Apple Devices from Super Duper

Super Duper Publications has added three educational Fun Deck mobile apps for Apple devices — Listening for Absurdities, What Does Miss Bee See, and What Doesn’t Belong — to its growing number of titles available in the iTunes App Store.

United Township Is First Ill. District to Use Performance Matters Assessment and Data Management System

Grappling with decreased local and state revenue and new, more rigorous learning standards for math and English language arts, Illinois school districts are seeking innovative ways to increase their efficiency as they strive to improve student performance. One system that is making it easier to meet rigorous requirements while saving time for school and district staff is Performance Matters, a web-based solution that provides an integrated platform for student assessment, data management and teacher effectiveness.

Startup Duolingo Taps Power of Crowds to Make Learning Language Free

Learning a new language is tedious and demands a lot of practice. Luis von Ahn doesn’t want all that effort to be wasted. In fact, it might be a gold mine. Von Ahn, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, is the co-creator of Duolingo, a free language-­learning site that turns students into an online workforce. His software uses their answers to simple exercises in a translation service that he expects to charge money for.

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Calif. Principal Put Struggling School on New Path

Maria Lewis spends much of her day on bent knee.

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