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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...
The Senate HELP Committee met on April 14, 15 and 16 to consider amendments for the bipartisan ESEA reauthorization, The Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. Based on the amendments adopted, almost every currently funded program would be reauthorized. Among programs whose authorizations were...
How immersed are teens in the latest technology? According to a new poll from the Pew Research Center, about 88% of teens have or have access to cell phones or smartphones, and 90% of those teens with phones exchange texts. In fact, many teens receive and send up to 30 texts a day, and 24% say they...
Deserved attention has been paid to students performing below grade level and the interventions needed to raise their achievement. However, according to a new report from the Jack Cooke Kent Foundation, there is also a lack of programs for gifted students to help them reach their potential. ...
In an occasional series, PreK-12 Learning Group staff will offer their observations from industry events. Jo-Ann McDevitt, Strategic Partnerships Executive, tells what she learned at ASU + GSV. Overall, ASU + GSV is a very productive place to hold meetings as the movers and shakers from all...
Speaking at the ASU + GSV Summit, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the release of The Ed Tech Developer’s Guide: A Primer for Developers, Startups and Entrepreneurs. The Guide not only talks about opportunities in the edtech market, but it also features case studies of...
After weeks of rumors Senator Patty Murrary (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate HELP committee, and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), HELP committee chair, have announced a bipartisan bill for ESEA reauthorization. Titled the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, the bill addresses key issues like state...
A new report from the Education Trust shows that despite rhetoric at state levels about providing all children with a quality education, funding levels still favor white and affluent communities. According to Funding Gaps 2015, U.S. school districts serving the largest populations of low-...
Educational Publishing Hall of Fame member Marilyn Burns, Founder of Math Solutions, has dedicated her career to providing exemplary professional development to math teachers and helping them increase student achievement. In a new opinion piece for Education Week, Burns talks about the...

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