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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

Getting Education Rankings Right

The World Economic Forum’s latest Global Competitiveness Report, which assesses the economies of 144 countries and ranks them based on more than 100 indicators, had something to say about education. This is hardly surprising. The question, though, is whether the index – which relies heavily on business executive assessments for the ranking – really gets education right.

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Education Board Grants Indianapolis Control of Four Schools

Four former Indianapolis Public Schools taken over by the state will now be under the control of Mayor Greg Ballard. During a Wednesday morning meeting, the State Board of Education unanimously approved Ballard’s request to give him authority over the four turnaround schools. The state took control of Arlington, Howe and Manual high schools and Donnan Middle School last summer after the schools consistently scored “F” grades on state report cards.

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Autism Expert to Speak at Boston's League School

Elaine Hall, founder of the Miracle Project, will speak about her unconventional approach to helping children with autism in a free lecture Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. at the League School of Greater Boston, 300 Boston Providence Turnpike.

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Oregon's Year-Over-Year High School Graduation Rate Flat at 68 Percent

The on-time graduation rate for Oregon high school students in the class of 2012 is up, but barely. The Oregonian reported that state figures showed the rate rose by less than a percentage point and remains at 68 percent. Gov. John Kitzhaber and his chief education officer, Rudy Crew, call 68 percent unacceptably low.

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Increase engagement, accountability, and tech-readiness with portable interactive technology

Administrators, teachers, and students in the Cottonwood Oak Creek School District embrace MimioVote and MimioTeach

Massachusetts High School Graduation Rates Continue to Rise

Graduation rates at Massachusetts public high schools increased for the sixth consecutive year, state officials announced this afternoon. Some 84.7 percent of students who entered high schools in fall 2008 graduated last year, an increase of 4.8 percentage points from six years earlier, according to the newly released data.

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Los Angeles Parents to File Petition for School Reform

Amabilia Villeda received a surprising phone call from her daughter's teacher one day — the sixth-grader could barely read. "How did this happen?" Villeda said. "Now she's in eighth grade and reads at third-grade level."

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