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October 07, 2014 12:56 pm

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A week after California enacted a landmark law restricting the ways education technology companies can use the information they collect about elementary through high school students, a group of leading industry players is pledging to adopt similar data protections nationwide The New York Times.

High school graduates this year fared no better on the SAT college admission test than their predecessors in 2013, a stagnant result that exam overseers said should sound an alarm for the nation to get more students on track for college. The average SAT score for the Class of 2014 was 1497, the College Board reported Tuesday, down a point from the year before. A perfect score, combining results for critical reading, math and writing, is 2400. The Washington Post

Beginning this month, the U.S. Department of Education is planning to create an office of state support, which top officials hope will lead to a “new relationship” with state education agencies when it comes to administering and monitoring federal grant programs. Education Week

After years of declining or flat population rates, people are moving back to Las Vegas, looking for a place to live and seeking schools for their children. This sudden migration is leaving many of the districts overcrowded. Schools are scrambling to educate students without the classrooms they need and with no prospect of new ones being built anytime soon. The New York Times

Some D.C. public schools using the “blended learning model,” which combines traditional teacher instruction with use of technology, are seeing student test scores go up and suspensions go down. WAMU

One out of every 10 New Jersey public-school students last year was absent for more than 10 percent of the school year, according to the state’s latest data. But some public schools are combatting the statistics with a program that matches at-risk students — and those with a history of absences — with an adult in the building, in an effort to provide a more personal connection. NJ Spotlight

A trip to Shanghai last year was an “aha moment” for Louise Claney, the former principal of Collierville Elementary School in Tennessee. When Claney returned, using the help of Vanderbilt University researchers, she trained her teachers and gave them the time to have their own evaluation and feedback groups, embracing the teacher collaboration model she’d seen overseas. Chalkbeat TN

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