Waltham, Mass. public schools technology report raises eyebrows

An independent report of the Waltham public schools’ technology and library programs revealed both positive and negative findings, and raises eyebrows from school officials about the method in which the report was conducted.

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New Report Card System Tougher on Ohio Schools

A look at Ohio’s new A-F report card system, slated to be rolled out in August, shows many school districts score poorly in areas such as closing achievement gaps between students — one of the new graded measures.

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Preparing for Online Learning

Right now, 31 states allow purely online schools, of which about 275,000 students attended in the 2011-2012 school year, according to “Keeping Pace with K12 Online and Blended Learning,” an annual report from the Evergreen Education Group, which works with districts to improve education outcomes through digital learning.

Lagging Schools in Mass. Take on Partners

Boston and three other Massachusetts cities, in an attempt to stave off a state takeover of underperforming schools, are turning to nonprofit partners to jump-start flagging overhaul efforts.

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Education Reform: Starting at the Beginning

The No Child Left Behind Act increased student and teacher accountability, tests and led to the development of the Common Core Standards. All of these are noble changes, well-intentioned changes and no one is arguing that change was needed, but the implementation of the changes in all grade levels meant that the students in grade 1-12 were held to standards for which they were not prepared.

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English Language Arts Standards

The Common Core State Standards for English language arts and literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects are the culmination of an extended, broad-based effort to fulfill the charge issued by the states to create the next generation of K12 standards to help ensure that all students are college and career ready in literacy no later than the end of high school.

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N.J. Is Breaking Monopoly of Mediocrity in American Education

Student achievement in New Jersey school is evidence of hard work and perseverance. According to the Nation’s Report Card, New Jersey ranks second in the United States in overall fourth- and eighth-grade reading achievement and has a four-year high school graduation rate of 86.5 percent.

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Smarter Balanced's Technology Planning Framework

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium offers a technology planning framework for member states preparing to implement the assessment system in the 2014-2015 school year. The framework provides minimum hardware specifications and basic bandwidth calculations that will allow schools and districts to evaluate which of their existing devices will support the administration of next-generation assessments.

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Ill. Parents Urged to Take Schools Survey

Parents are encouraged to take a survey that will help the district measure how welcome parents feel in school buildings and how comfortable they feel communicating with teachers.

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Administrators Must Push Statewide Reform, Report States