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Gates Foundation Funds 19 Networks for School Improvement

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made what it's calling a "down payment" on an ambitious effort "to help tens of thousands of students get the education they deserve."

Gates Foundation Takes Ed Data Focus International

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its latest "Goalkeepers Report" pushed for greater use of assessment data in education, pointing to success in Vietnam, which has proven to be an outlier in math, reading and science test scores. Goalkeepers is a campaign for tracking progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

New Hampshire Joins ESSA Innovative Assessments Pilot

The United States Department of Education has accepted New Hampshire's plan to join a pilot program for alternative student assessments under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

College Board Sees Bumper Crop of CS AP Test-Takers, Intros New Resources and Processes

Just as the College Board announced new resources and processes for its Advanced Placement exams, the organization also said that the number of students tackling an AP Computer Science assessment grew by nearly a third over last year's count. That count includes record participation by underrepresented groups, including girls and black and Latinx students.

States Falling Down on ESSA Subgroup Reporting

States are "shirking" their responsibilities in two important Every Student Succeeds Act provisions, according to a new analysis by the Alliance for Education.

Device Access Impacts Student Achievement

The U.S. Department of Education's National Assessment of Educational Progress takes a look at how students and teachers are using computers for learning.

States: Improvements Needed to Guide ESSA Plans

School leadership in Delaware, Nebraska and South Carolina are already seeing some of the benefits of the Every Student Succeeds Act, but there are still challenges that many schools face.

Measuring Academic and Nonacademic Skills Equally Important

A new report commissioned by NWEA revealed that parents, teachers and school leaders agree about the importance of measuring students' soft skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork and view them as equally important as academic skills. However, which skills to teach and who should have the primary role in doing so is an area where the roles disagreed.

NM Commits to Returning State Testing Results by May

A new move by the New Mexico Public Education Department will give school districts in that state 15 more days to prepare for statewide PARCC exams and deliver student test scores before the end of the school year.

Kahoot to Launch Teacher Certification

Educational game company Kahoot is launching a new certification program for teachers designed to help them use Kahoot in their classrooms more effectively. Kahoot is a popular competitive quiz game that's available free for educators.

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