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March 19, 2015 11:25 am


Roughly 2,000 Digital Learning Day celebrations were held across the country and the globe, with over 500,000 students, educators, and community leaders participating, a true testament to the incredible innovation, leadership, and transformation happening 365 days a year in schools, libraries and youth programs. Virtual School Meanderings

After four years of development, new assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards are debuting in schools. Despite uncertainties by some, others in education policy say they’re confident that these tests will be a marked improvement over the ones they’ve replaced. The Hechinger Report

In a recent speech at the National Urban League’s Legislative Conference in D.C., Secretary of Education Arne Duncan talked about new federal data showing 23 states spend less per student in poor districts than in wealthy ones. Duncan said evidence that schools are improving, and the evidence that wide inequities still exist – demands that congress act and reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Atlanta Journal Constitution

New data from the United States Department of Education shows that from 2011 to 2013, graduation rates for American Indian, Hispanic and black students increased by 4.7 percent, 4.2 percent and 3.7 percent, respectively. Meanwhile graduation rates increased by 2.6 percent for white students and 1.7 percent for Asian and Pacific Islander students. THE Journal

Changes to collective bargaining rules for teachers and other school employees won approval in the Republican-controlled Iowa House Wednesday after two days of bitter debate over education policy and school funding. Associated Press

A team of researchers who investigate education inequities for the University of California-Los Angeles’ Civil Rights Project argue that 30 years of test scores have not measured a decline in public schools, but are rather a metric of the country’s child poverty and the broadening divide of income inequality. Pacific Standard

Black and Hispanic college students in New York fared worse on new teacher certification tests than their white counterparts, new data show, reprising concerns that efforts to improve teacher quality could undermine a simultaneous goal to boost diversity. Chalkbeat NY

Rico Munn, Superintendent of Schools at Aurora Public Schools in Aurora, Colorado wants to free several of the city’s academically struggling schools from district in an effort to improve student achievement, he told the school board Wednesday. ChalkbeatCO

America’s schools are rocketing into the digital age. But parents are often in the dark as to how or, more importantly, why. NPR

California’s new education funding formula provides extra money for all low-income children, students learning English and foster youth, and contributes more dollars if they make up the bulk of students in a district. EdSource

A new suite of digital instructional materials is designed to boost language acquisition and achievement for English Language Learners (ELL), which, with nearly five million students is among the largest and fastest growing demographic in U.S. schools.  eSchoolNews



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