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5/16/2017

5/16/2017

In January 2017, a joint announcement was made offering the CASE Benchmark Assessments on the Nextera Platform for the 2017-18 school year. TE21 and Questar have decided to delay the partnership. The enCASE platform will be continue to be ready for full release in August 2017 to deliver TE21's CASE Item Bank and CASE Benchmark Assessments.

5/16/2017

School leaders don't want to see Michigan become the next state to assign letter grades to schools. Too simplistic, unfair, inequitable, misleading and harmful are just a few things that have been said about switching to a letter grading system for school accountability. The Legislature ultimately decide if grading, supported by Gov. Rick Snyder, becomes law.

5/16/2017

Through Marana USD’s new relationship with Discovery Education, science educators in grades 3-6 are integrating the Science Techbook digital textbook series into classroom instruction. Additionally, the Discovery Education Community will help the educators’ efforts to transform students’ learning experiences with digital media.

5/16/2017

Brian Blake will be the new superintendent for the Ipswich Public Schools. Blake is currently the superintendent of the Sanborn Regional School District in New Hampshire, which he has led since 2009. He replaces Superintendent William Hart, who is retiring after leading the district for four years.

5/15/2017

5/15/2017

The fight over school money is set to take another turn—this time before the state Supreme Court. Justices will hear oral arguments this week in a lawsuit filed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove in 2015 on behalf of 21 school districts in the state, including the state’s second-largest, Jackson Public Schools.

5/15/2017

Even as fierce political battles rage in Washington over school choice, most Americans know little about charter schools or private school voucher programs. Still, more Americans feel positively than negatively about expanding those programs, according to a new poll.

5/15/2017

Informal gatherings are helping teachers find the professional development and support they need outside of traditional settings. Generally speaking, unconferences offer as much expertise as a more conventional conference, but they’re cost-free, with no salespeople, and the participants propose the topics on the spot and drive the conversations.

5/15/2017

Iridescent, a global STEM education nonprofit, is working with NVIDIA on an educational initiative, NVIDIA Techsplorer, which is aimed at exposing underrepresented youth to cutting-edge technologies and encouraging them to explore STEM careers.

5/15/2017

The state House’s education finance committee adjourned without moving out a bill establishing annual increases in state spending on public schools to comply with a Kansas Supreme Court opinion that aid was unconstitutionally inadequate.

5/15/2017

Baltimore city schools chief Sonja Santelises is proposing to lay off as many as 300 people, including teachers, to balance a $1.31 billion budget next year. The layoffs include fewer than 75 teachers in core subjects such as math and English.

5/15/2017

ASICS America Corporation is now one of PHIT America's instrumental partners in helping children move. The partnership will support new physical activity programs throughout U.S. schools by leveraging the PHIT America GO! Grants program.

5/15/2017

Some are calling for students to spend more time in physical education. A Senate bill, labeled unrealistic by some school administrators, would require 150 minutes per week of physical education for all elementary school students, and 225 minutes per week for students in middle and high school.

5/15/2017

While the percentage of teenagers drinking alcohol has declined significantly over the past 25 years years, a new study finds that binge drinking continues to be a problem among youth. The report found that the overall prevalence of current drinking among U.S. high school students declined from 50.8 percent in 1991 to 32.8 percent in 2015.

5/15/2017

The Infobase educational publishing company has acquired The Education Center, publisher of The Mailbox and Learning magazine. The Mailbox is an online resource with more than 50,000 learning objects, lesson plans and ideas for elementary school teachers. Learning magazine is a quarterly print magazine on products and services for the elementary school market.

5/15/2017

If it's to give parents more options or help low-income children find schools where they're more likely to succeed, then check that box. But research suggests that vouchers may not be opening doors for children with expensive special needs or low grades or who don't have heavily involved parents. Choice is in the eye of the beholder.

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