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metacog releases automated real-time rubric-based scoring API

The advanced scoring analytics API can evaluate student performance within simulations, games, and other open-ended assessment items and digital learning objects — in real time.

Improved learning analytics brought to Blackboard's open source customers

Blackboard has acquired X-Ray Analytics, a predictive analytics technology that provides visualizations of past behavior and performances at the course, cross-course and institutional levels. The technology will be first integrated into Blackboard's Moodlerooms and Enterprise Moodle.

Edmentum rolls out new courses and tools to personalize learning

Edmentum launched its new Flex Assignments to customize instructional content and the Virtual Collaboration Space to connect with students in a synchronous environment. In addition, new courses have been added to Plato Courseware and EdOptions Academy, including math and English language arts, over 40 state-specific ones and more career technical education courses.

New student information system version released

With HTML5 as its core technology, eSchoolPLUS 4.0 offers expanded features including responsive design, advanced navigation tools, and mobile-first design concepts.

MasteryConnect launches professional development platform

In addition to offering unique content from MasteryConnect, the new web-based Mindful professional development platform will offer teachers access to School Improvement Network’s library of more than 2,500 videos.

Data Recognition Corporation acquires assets of McGraw-Hill Education

The educational assessment services provider is buying key assets of the CTB assessment business of McGraw-Hill Education. Data Recognition Corporation will acquire CTB's statewide custom business and summative shelf assessment products, including TerraNova, LAS Links, TABE and TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion high school equivalency assessment.

Collaboration bolsters Edgenuity program's ability to personalize the student learning experience

Edgenuity MyPath, a supplemental instruction program in mathematics and reading, will soon incorporate Scantron assessment data to deliver personalized learning plans to students. MyPath can be used for intervention, grade-level support, or academic enrichment through individualized learning paths.

New digital science textbook released

The new Discovery Education Science Techbook is designed specifically to help teachers transition to the Next Generation Science Standards framework. It includes content such as video, audio, text, interactives with hands-on activities and virtual labs.

New application makes tablets more suitable for classroom use

To help make tablets more classroom ready, Educational Resources created its EdRedi application to enable classroom teachers to intuitively supervise and control their students’ name-brand devices — such as the Acer Iconia 10.1 tablet, the first EdRedi-enabled device.

Module added by BrightBytes to develop school leaders

A leadership module has been added to BrightBytes' Clarity platform. Created in partnership with McREL International, the module is based on McREL's research about the leadership practices that have the largest impact on student outcomes.