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For publishers staying on top of issues impacting the edtech purchases and the decision makers, two new reports yield insights into the current state of the market. The 2015 K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report from CoSN, sponsored by SchoolDude and conducted in partnership with MDR,...
Common Sense Media, an AAP PreK-12 Learning Group member, has launched a new advocacy initiative called Common Sense Kids Action. The goal of the initiative is to make kids and education the number one priority in the United States. In an article for the Huffington Post, Jim Steyer, CEO of...
A recent study by Holly Pope, Jo Boaler, and Charmaine Mangram of the Stanford Graduate School of Education showed that students using a digital math game three times a week demonstrated a greater increase in number sense at the end of the evaluation period than those who did not. While this study...
As assessments and the school year wind down for 2015, Valerie Pelletier, a kindergarten teacher at Hygiene Elementary School in Longmont (CO), shared her perspective on working with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to the Education Post. Believing that there is a lot of confusion among parents...
As the number of education reform initiatives continues to increase in the U.S., the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) asked three of its research fellows to examine current efforts and to provide their do’s and don’ts for improving education. Unsurprisingly, many of their recommendations focus...
Whatever standards a state uses, the clear goal is to make students ready for their careers beyond education. And while math and reading literacy are essential skills, a new study from Wainhouse Research, sponsored by SMART Technologies Inc., says that problem-solving and the ability to collaborate...
House and Senate budget conferees met on Monday, April 20 to start working combining their proposed budgets. A new post from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) says, though, that both the House and Senate FY 2016 budget have major flaws. Deficit reduction entirely through...
School construction, new technology, updated learning resources—these are all recognized, continuing costs for schools. According to Richard Ingersoll from the University of Pennsylvania, districts should add increased teacher turnover to their balance sheets. In an interview with NPR, he discusses...
As an early adopter of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Kentucky is in a unique position to try and answer the question: do the CCSS make a difference? While there are additional factors to consider, like curriculum and assessment reforms, a new report from the American Institutes for...
Two new reports from the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) and the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) say that states need to provide stronger guidance on student privacy laws. While many states have proposed new legislation, the briefs argue that much of it leaves too...

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