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Report: Do Low School Accountability Grades Drive Teachers Away?

A new working paper from NBER asks, does holding schools accountable for student performance cause good teachers to leave low-performing schools? The answer....

STEM Interest Declining Among Teen Boys

STEM interest is dwindling among boys. A recent survey found that just 24 percent of boys 13 to 17 years old expect to pursue a STEM career, down from 36 percent in 2017. However, interest among girls those ages has held steady year-over-year at 11 percent.

Students Get Industry Mentoring, Insights on AI

H2O.ai, an artificial-intelligence platform producer, is partnering with AI4ALL, an Oakland, CA-based nonprofit working to increase diversity and inclusion in AI and to educate future AI workers about how it can be a force for social good. The goal: to democratize AI.

Missouri Delivers Virtual Summer School

Middle and high school students across Missouri are earning original credit and recovery credits online by enrolling in the Missouri Online Summer Institute.

Flipgrid Now Free in Wake of Microsoft Acquisition

Microsoft has acquired the social learning platform Flipgrid and is making it free to schools. As an added bonus, those institutions that purchased a license will receive a prorated refund.

Most Ed Tech Fails at Data and Privacy Policy Practices

A three-year assessment of the most-used applications and services for education found a "widespread lack of transparency" and inconsistency among their privacy and security practices.

Another Year of Grad Growth but States Need to Stay Focused

While the high school graduation rate continues to increase, the rate of gain is too slow to meet the 90 percent national diploma-completion goal by 2020, according to a group of organizations promoting the effort.

LA Unified Promotes CS Education; Conflicted on 1-to-1 Devices

At the same time that Los Angeles Unified School District voted to promote computer science education and reduce the "digital divide," the country's largest school system also is trying to bring back 1-to-1 computing devices in a big way almost four years after it canceled its last major attempt. However, the latest effort has hit a funding obstacle.

Florida Virtual School Trims Out-of-State People

In spite of the fact that Florida Virtual School offers "global" options to students around the world who want to take digital courses, the school earlier this year informed its out-of-state educators that they'd have to move to Florida to keep their jobs.

As Demand for Online Schools Grows, So Does Need for Accurate Evaluation

In light of the scathing NEPC report on virtual schools, Kevin P. Chavous of K12 Inc. — whose partner schools account for more than a third of all online schools in the United States — argues for the need for meaningful measures of effectiveness ... and sets the record straight on student diversity.

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