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While testing in the U.S. has become more about ranking schools and even teachers, in most of the developed world, tests make or break a student’s future, sometimes before the age of 12.

Carol Burris is executive director of the Network for Public Education and lead author of “Grading the States: A Report Card on Our Nation’s Commitment to Public Schools.” 

Network for Public Education Executive Director Carol Burris is the lead author of a new report that raises concerns over taxpayers funding charters, vouchers and private schools—and how that impacts public education.

Increasing awareness for educators is critical. Here are seven things to know.

How young people who age out of foster care can help current students.

Districts are building supports for students in foster care—from raising awareness, providing PD and creating special programs to adding specialized staff and even running permanent group homes.

When Rio Grande City Consolidated ISD introduced a digital reading program two years ago, some teachers balked at student assessments being performed by a computer. Those concerns abated as teachers saw increased proficiency for the 4,100 students using Istation Reading and Istation Español, says Serapio Trillayes, executive director for curriculum and instruction for the district, which is located in South Texas, near the Mexican border.

Individuals can use this browser-based system to send color-coded email and text alerts to administrators and first responders through networked devices, such as desktops and smartphones. 

Rigor is an increasing concern in our schools.  We continue to see evidence that our students at all grade levels are not working at a level that is challenging enough to prepare students for college and careers.  However, we often misunderstand the definition of rigor.  Rigor is “creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels, each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels, and each student demonstrates learning at high

What does the routing process look like at First Student?

With 22 of the 26 school districts in Northcentral Technical College’s area of Wisconsin expressing a need for middle school and high school technology teachers, the college has partnered with Marian University to train more educators.

Source: The Tech Edvocate

From taking inventory of edtech and software licenses to weighing long-term and upfront product costs, here are five tips to consider when managing edtech.


LINK TO MAIN ARTICLE: Out-of-this-world STEM for middle schoolers


SPACE FACE—Students at the STEM Academy in Peoria Heights School District in Illinois chat live with former NASA astronaut and area resident Scott Altman.

Illinois students built and programmed computers to stream live video feed from the International Space Station, giving them a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to speak to an astronaut on board.

Better Together, a book about personalized and project-based learning, profiles school networks and shares proven teaching models, ideas for more effective collaborations and strategies for optimizing education networks.

Smart TVs and whiteboards allow even more students to collaborate. Depending on the model, students can interact with a touch screen in 10 to 32 different places simultaneously. Many of these displays come with screen mirroring capabilities and apps that are loaded with learning activities.

New York’s first bee team has provided students with multiple learning opportunities—from the basics of beekeeping and the physics of the waggle dance to the math behind hive construction.

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