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Education has not been a headline of the current presidential campaigns, but it has been both a source of pride and controversy for the Obama Administration. Beginning with initiatives like Race to the Top and through the passage of ESSA and calls for computer science for all, President Obama has...
While advocates call for schools to embrace 24/7 learning and bridge the digital divide, Common Sense Media is asking what happens when kids get to the other side? In a new white paper, Technology Addiction: Concern, Controversy, and Finding Balance, the authors review  a Common Sense Media...
The RAND Corporation conducted surveys of U.S. teachers and implementation of new standards as well as the instructional materials they are using. With a special focus on states with Standards Adopted from the Common Core (SACC), the report reveals that teachers are more likely to use...
Listen to your customers. It makes sense in any business. But in education—and especially ed tech product development—this advice is more crucial than ever. We’ve been listening. My organization, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) PreK-12 Learning Group, advocates for quality...
On April 20 educators and industry experts came to Phildelphia for the final round of REVERE Awards judging. Entrants to the REVERE Awards, which identify and honor high quality resources that educate learners of all ages in all media, undergo a rigorous judging process where...
In the fifth annual survey of U.S. public school principals, MCH Strategic Data asked school leaders about their top concerns, including the state of technology, funding, and overall schools morale. “Unfortunately, this year’s survey continues the same drumbeat of recent years in terms of...
While NPR takes a deep dive into government funding for schools, EdSurge is taking a year-long look at the edtech industry, including the latest installment that focuses on the money. With $2.3 billion invested in startups since 2010 and constant press releases about companies getting funding,...
Money is not the answer for every issue facing U.S. schools, but as emphasized in a new series from NPR, it can make a huge difference when administrators are trying to decide between fixing broken plumbing and paying for one more teacher. As shown in NPR’s analysis of spending per student per...
While the education focus of the Republican presidential candidates has mainly centered on Common Core and the role of the U.S. Department of Education, the two Democratic candidates have talked more about universal preK and how it could help erase education inequality. Their stance is...
As you examine your long-range business plans, take a look at the latest Projection of Education Statistics for insights into the future populations (and thus potential needs) for the U.S. school system. Total elementary and secondary enrollment is projected to increase 4 percent between 2011...

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