The Utah State Board of Education approved the state's proposed plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act despite objections from some board members about federal overreach. The plan now goes on to Gov. Gary Herbert for his consideration before sending it to the U.S. Department of Education for review.
Officials at Duncan’s Alexander Elementary school on Vancouver Island have sent a notice home to parents saying the school will no longer allow pop, iced tea, juice or energy drinks, going water-only after a successful experiment that saw staff and students consume more than 2,000 liters of water last school year.
K12 Federation announced the nationwide launch of its educational cooperative that provides a range of technology services for the K12 education community, including identity, interoperability, security and other collaborative solutions.
Teachers across the country are creating their own more sophisticated formative assessments and using adaptive learning software to generate real-time information on how each of their students are performing.
InFocus Corporation launched an Android-based, interactive touch display solution built for education. The 75-inch JTouch Plus INF7530eAG supports whiteboarding, document viewing, web browsing and wireless casting via built-in AirPlay functionality.
Dianne D. Veilleux, who had been assistant superintendent for seven years, has taken charge as superintendent of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools. She succeeds Brian J. Loughlin, who retired after 40 years with the district and seven as superintendent.
In just the last few months, several districts and states have eliminated tests and cut assessment time to make room for instruction and reduce stress.
Student data has become such an important factor in education that it could be said that teachers are data miners and schools are data mines. But, as with most things, data is what you make of it. Used properly, data is a vital piece of the puzzle to improving student growth.
In order to increase the flexibility and efficiency with which districts and schools can administer adaptive reading assessment, Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone company, has made the Lexia RAPID Assessment literacy program available on iPad with the RAPID iOS app. The computer-adaptive screener and diagnostic tool for grades K12 is now available on the App Store.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said the Oklahoma State Department of Education will make every effort to reduce bureaucratic barriers that might prevent a student’s immediate placement in an Oklahoma school.
Board members of color are still not at the table in school districts throughout Minnesota. While students of color and mixed race students make up nearly one-third of the state's public school enrollment, only 3 percent of school district board members are people of color, according to an analysis.
Looking to the years ahead, even more public dollars stand to be diverted to private, unaccountable, for-profit education. It’s clear we are turning away from North Carolina’s mission—and constitutional obligation—of providing high quality public schools accessible to all. Without a course correction, children and the state’s economy will suffer.
New ACT results highlight the persistent achievement gaps between students who face disadvantages and those who don’t. Scores show that just 9 percent of students in the class of 2017 who came from low-income families, whose parents did not go to college, and who identify as black, Hispanic, American Indian or Pacific Islander are strongly ready for college.
Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky will retire in June, ending a 30-year career in which he rose from the classroom to the district’s top position. Skorkowsky laid out his plans during a tumultuous time for the nation’s fifth-largest school district. It is undergoing a massive structural reorganization and facing a budget deficit.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick would like to see kindergarten become mandatory in Indiana, and that’s something she’ll advocate for during the 2018 General Assembly. One of her concerns is children who may benefit from new pre-K funding, but then not follow up with kindergarten.