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Amplify Acquires Desmos' Math Curriculum; Desmos Calculators to Spin Off, Remain Free

Curriculum and assessment provider Amplify today announced it has acquired Desmos’ digital math curriculum and instructional technology, and said Desmos’ calculators will be spun off separately as Desmos Studios and will remain free to use.

Education Advanced Acquires Standard For Success, Expands Line of Solutions for K-12 Administration

K–12 operations management software provider Education Advanced today announced it has acquired Indiana-based Standard For Success, a provider of education evaluation and feedback software that was founded by teachers in 2011.

YouScience to Offer New Certification Exams for Law Enforcement and Emergency Services

Career planning and skills assessment platform YouScience has announced it will begin offering secondary and post-secondary students using its platform the opportunity to earn two new types of certifications thanks to an expanded partnership with the Law and Public Safety Education Network.

Presentation Proposals Sought for Aperture 2022 SEL Vision Summit; Deadline is May 13

SEL assessment provider Aperture Education is accepting presentation proposals through May 13 for its 2022 SEL Vision Summit. The virtual event focused on professional development is scheduled for Nov. 3, 2022, themed “Leading a Legacy.”

Kiddom to Add CenterPoint's Illustrative Mathematics-Certified and EL Education-Aligned Assessments to Its Platform

CenterPoint Education Solutions, a nonprofit provider of assessment and curriculum solutions and professional learning, today announced that its Illustrative Math-Certified interim assessments and EL Education-Aligned interim assessments will be accessible on the Kiddom platform for the 2022-2023 school year.

Sal Khan: Test-Optional College Admissions Adds Ambiguity and is Bad for Students

With the final SAT School Day of the 2021-2022 school year taking place today at high schools across the country, THE Journal asked Sal Khan whether SAT exams will remain relevant now that some colleges and universities have made them optional, whether testing makes college admissions more or less equitable, and what additional changes he predicts — and hopes to see — that will make college education even more accessible for young Americans.

InnovateEDU Launches Open-Source Blueprint for Inclusive Research and Development in Education [BIRD-E]

Education nonprofit InnovateEDU today launched the Blueprint for Inclusive Research and Development in Education, dubbed BIRD-E, an open source, universal framework designed to generate actionable, high-quality research that ed tech providers, policymakers, researchers, education leaders, and other K-12 stakeholders can easily access, understand, and apply in the classroom.

What Educators Need to Know About Assistive Tech Tools: Q&A with Texthelp CEO

Texthelp CEO Martin McKay dives into the growing need for assistive technology, explaining what such features schools should look for when choosing learning platforms, and how accessibility tech tools help all learners — not just the one student in five with a language-based disability.

Instructure's Acquisition of Concentric Sky Bringing Some Changes to Canvas LMS Users

Instructure has announced the acquisition of Concentric Sky, maker of the Badgr digital credentialing platform.

NWEA: Certain Groups Lose More Ground When School is Out, Illustrating Importance of Summer Programs

An NWEA study of current research examining K–8 student progress during a typical school year and over the summer reveals that historically underserved groups suffer most when school is out for summer break, emphasizing the importance of summer learning programs in overcoming inequitable achievement gaps, the nonprofit said in a news release.

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