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Hit by Testing Provider Outages, Alaska Cancels Online Assessments

Alaska is dumping this year's online assessments for its students after continued technical problems plagued the exam process. The maelstrom began when a major fiber cable was damaged by a backhoe on a university campus in Kansas where Alaska's testing provider is located.

U California Davis Debuts Computer Science Curriculum for Grades 1-12

The Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education at the University of California Davis has launched a computer science curriculum for use in grades 1-12 across the United States.

New Surveys Aim To Assess School Climate

A national nonprofit has created a series of free Web-based surveys that schools and districts can use to assess the climate of their schools.

SETDA Report Urges States To Dig into High-Speed Broadband Work

A new report by the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and Common Sense Kids Action advocates that states play a bigger role in increasing access to high-speed connectivity for students and teachers.

Data Privacy Legislation Scrutinized in NASBE Report

The tangle of data privacy regulation for education is heating up as state and federal lawmakers increasingly consider laws intended to protect students.

Vernier, NSTA Technology Awards Go to 7 Teachers

The 2016 Vernier/National Science Teacher Association Technology Awards have gone to seven teachers, ranging from one teaching fifth-graders to a college professor.

Blackboard's K-12 New Learning Experience Intros More Integration and New Naming

Blackboard is offering up new bundling and product names specifically for the K-12 market.

Steelcase Selects 13 Winners for Active Learning Grants

Thirteen schools, ranging from elementary to college, have been selected to share in more than $800,000 worth of classroom furniture, equipment and technology as part of Steelcase Education's second annual Active Learning Center Grant program.

Survey Shows Schools Hitting Digital Hard

A recent survey found that half of school districts believe they've completed their 1-to-1 initiatives and the infrastructure required; and almost 4 in 10 (38 percent) are planning to or will definitely "modernize" in the next 12 to 24 months. More districts also have digital content and curriculum strategies in place this year compared to last year — up from 49 percent to 62 percent. Another 33 percent of districts have one under development. More than half of those existing strategies incorporate the use of open educational resources.

California Colleges, Districts Land Grant To Beef up CTE

California's Central Region Agriculture Education Career Pathway Consortium has received $15 million in grant funds from the California Career Pathways Trust to expand and improve career and technical education programs in 36 high schools and three community colleges in the region.

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