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With the rise in popularity of educational gaming the question is: does it have real impact on student learning? A joint program from University of Michigan School of Information and School of Education and New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, the A-...
As previously reported, projections from the National Center for Education Statistics show for the first time ever U.S. public schools will have more minority students than non-Hispanic white students. This shift comes largely from growth in the number of Hispanic children attending school—...
A new poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University shows that many Americans still don’t understand the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). While 47% of Americans say that they’ve heard “some” or “a lot” about the Common Core, 52% to say that they’ve heard “just a little,” or “nothing at all.” However...
A report from the Education Commission of the States reveals that in 2014-15 state appropriations for pre-K increased by $672 million to a total of $6.3 billion. This is a 12 percent increase in state investment over the previous fiscal year. The increase comes at a time when President Obama and...
A new graphic and report from Andy Smarick of the Fordham Institute shows similar viewpoints on testing from Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress and the Obama administration. After plotting the key testing provisions along a continuum Smarick concludes the graphic reveals three...
Fast Company has named The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Education as part of its overall look at the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies. Honorees include global giants like Google and tech startup Kaymbu. Topping the list is General Assembly, a learning center that...
While methodologies vary, the goal of current U.S. education reform efforts is to make sure students are college- and career-ready. According to a new report from ETS, though, U.S adults are already lagging behind their international counterparts. America’s Skills Challenge: Millennials and...
According to the State of the Digital Market from LightSail, the majority of U.S. school leaders predict their schools will take a substantial step in the transition from paper to ebooks in the next two years. Overall, the participants believe that the library purchase model is what will...
In an occasional series, PreK-12 Learning Group staff will offer their observations from industry events. Dave Gladney, Director of Digital Initiatives, shares what he learned from a recent NY EdTech Meetup held at Knewton. The theme was Real Teachers of Silicon Alley: Teacherpreneurs’-...
While Congress debates ESEA reauthorization and talks about school reform, the Association of American Educators (AAE) polled its members to find out what they think about key issues and the proposed changes directed at the classroom. Regarding issues like funding, school choice, standards, and...

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