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May 07, 2013 08:02 pm

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An increasing number of assessments will be taken digitally in the coming years, and the ACT college admissions exam joined the list today. Starting in the spring of 2015 the test will be administered online. “We are moving to a computer-based version, but for the foreseeable future, we will also have the paper and pencil test as an option for schools that don’t have the technological capability,” said Jon Erickson, the president of ACT’s Education Division. New York Times

Buena Vista School District in Michigan might be small, but its teachers are mighty. The school district has run out of funds to pay its 27 teachers, but they voted to continue teaching until the end of the year on June 23rd. Huffington Post

Speaking of teacher pay, a new report released this week shows a large majority of teachers in the nation’s largest school districts took pay cuts or say their pay frozen at least one year between 2008 and 2012. New York Times

The PBS NewsHour special, “Problem Solvers” aired last night. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reported on a public middle school in Portland, Maine that takes a unique approach to teaching. Teachers incorporate deeper learning competencies – focusing on comprehensive science curriculum that emphasizes problem-solving. The video and transcript are available online. PBS NewsHour

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