The story of Los Angeles Unified School District's beleaguered $1.3 billion 1-to-1 iPad program has taken a new twist: The district is now demanding a refund from Apple and has told the company it will not spend any more money on the Pearson software installed on the devices.
With online testing underway in many states, we look at the hardware and software that districts are using to teach to the new standards.
High school students who take the Smarter Balanced exam in six states can now use their scores as evidence that they are ready for entry-level, credit-bearing college courses and do not need to take remedial courses. Almost 200 colleges and universities in California, Delaware, Hawaii, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington have agreed to accept Smarter Balanced scores.
- By Christopher Piehler
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers has selected TAO, an open assessment platform from Open Assessment Technologies, to deliver non-summative Common Core assessments.
The proposed law would require states to create their own accountability systems and bar the federal government from incentivizing states to adopt specific standards, such as the Common Core State Standards.
Most Americans support the basic concepts behind the Common Core, even if many do not know what the Common Core State Standards are, according to a new survey from the Leadership Conference Education Fund.
The recent revelation that Pearson has been monitoring social media to find students sharing Common Core assessment items has set off a firestorm, but will it disrupt the adoption of Common Core State Standards and assessments? Is monitoring social media an invasion of student privacy, or just a means of protecting intellectual property? THE Journal talked to some education policy experts to find out.
Digital publisher Shmoop has unveiled four new study guides designed to help students prepare for PARCC Common Core assessments.
This year's top priorities among IT leadership in K-12 are assessment readiness, wireless access and mobile learning, in that order. Those are the same priorities as last year, with the difference that wireless beat out mobile learning. Those and a number of other findings surfaced during this year's K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a professional association for school and district IT leaders.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
McGraw-Hill Education has unveiled a new version of Building Blocks, its supplemental math program, with 50 percent more games, iPad accessibility and increased support for Common Core and state standards through grade 8.