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March 18, 2015 11:52 am

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New data shows some positive signs in ensuring every student has the opportunity to succeed, no matter their zip code. Between 2010-11 and 2012-13, the graduation rates for American Indian, black, and Hispanic students increased by nearly four percentage points over two years, outpacing the growth for all students. Homeroom – Official Blog of The Department of Education

Tech-led school turnarounds are notoriously tricky. How did Daisy Dyer Duerr, the principal of tiny St. Paul High School in northwestern Arkansas manage to pull it off? Duerr and St. Paul High School math teacher Lendy Eaton explained at Alliance’s Digital Learning Day on March 13 how it’s possible to take even the smallest school district into the digital age. The Hechinger Report

Last week, communities and schools across the country were gearing up for Digital Learning Day. For some teachers, digital learning is helping them tackle some of the biggest problems they face in the classroom—and the ones students will face once they leave it. edSurge

The Fairfax County, Virginia schools administration is considering sweeping changes to the grading system for middle and high school classes that could help struggling students keep their grades up. The Washington Post

The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Technology Leadership Network (TLN) recently announced its “20 to Watch” honorees for 2014-15. These education leaders from across the country are being recognized for their ability to inspire colleagues to explore and embrace innovative technology solutions that contribute to high-quality instruction and support more personalized learning experiences for students. eSchoolNews

The rate of Louisiana students opting out of Common Core exams remains about 1 percent of potential test takers statewide, state Superintendent of Education John White said Tuesday. The New Orleans Advocate

Even though most Americans think that kids are given too many standardized tests in school these days, that doesn’t necessarily mean they think kids should have the ability to opt out of these assessments, according to new HuffPost/YouGov poll. The Huffington Post

A carefully crafted compromise bill on privacy and security of student data got preliminary Senate approval Tuesday in Colorado, but some issues remain to be debated in the House. Chalkbeat CO

Developments Tuesday afternoon provided fresh twists to the Colorado legislature’s complicated testing debate, including introduction of a bill that would formalize the right of parents to opt out of tests. Chalkbeat CO

Aegis Identity Software, Inc. a leading provider of Identity and Access Management solutions for the Education marketplace has created a new educational community platform that aims to enable student achievement and enhance teacher effectiveness. eSchoolNews

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