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Pennsylvania ED Creates Superintendent's Academy

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has launched its Superintendent's Academy, a new professional development program designed for district leaders from around the state.

Seal of Privacy: Building a 'Trusted Learning Environment'

While the e-learning shift in education holds the promise to accelerate student success, school system leaders are faced with increased responsibility. Chief among those challenges: managing student data and security — and doing so with limited time and resources.

Parents, Teachers, Students Split on Overtesting

Parents, students and teachers have radically different views on the value of time spent on tests. According to a new poll conducted by Gallup on behalf of the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), while 83 percent of teachers surveyed said they think students spend too much time on tests, 75 percent of students and 52 percent of parents said they think students spend the right amount of time or not enough time on them.

Final Round of i3 Development Grants Seeks Alternatives to Exclusionary Discipline

The United States Department of Education (ED) has opened the application period for the seventh round of Investing in Innovation (i3) “Development” grants. This will be the last opportunity schools will have to tap into this part of the competitive grant program, which offers up to $3 million for each accepted proposal.

CEOs, Governors Ask Congress To Commit $250 Million for K-12 Computer Science

A consortium of business leaders and politicians has asked Congress to fund computer science education, committing nearly $50 million in private contributions to the initiative.

Research: High School Career Tech Ed Outcomes Prove Potent

According to a new research project that examined career and technical education (CTE) in Arkansas, students with a stronger focus on CTE were more likely to graduate from high school, more likely to enroll in a two-year college and more likely to be employed after high school and have a higher wage.

Competition Looks for Best Ideas To Implement ESSA

A competition has been launched to retrieve the best ideas educators have to make use of funds provided for professional learning by the federal government's Every Student Succeeds Act.

Report: Blended Fits Nicely To Re-Engage Dropouts

Each year about 485,000 people leave high school before they get a diploma. Students drop out for myriad reasons: They struggle in classes, have personal or family obligations, don't see the connection between school and their lives or, quite simply, the school environment has become unsupportive. A new report examines the use of blended learning as a strategy for pulling these students, aged 16 to 24, back into high school for completion or an equivalent credential.

Hit by Testing Provider Outages, Alaska Cancels Online Assessments

Alaska is dumping this year's online assessments for its students after continued technical problems plagued the exam process. The maelstrom began when a major fiber cable was damaged by a backhoe on a university campus in Kansas where Alaska's testing provider is located.

SETDA Report Urges States To Dig into High-Speed Broadband Work

A new report by the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and Common Sense Kids Action advocates that states play a bigger role in increasing access to high-speed connectivity for students and teachers.

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