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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.

Just 36 Teachers Across U.S. Graduated in 2016 Ready to Teach CS

Forty-one states didn't graduate a single new teacher prepared to teach CS.

Report: School Improvement Grant Program Results Based on 'Underpowered' Research

FutureEd has called the federal government to task for dropping support for the School Improvement Grant program. The SIG program, begun during the Obama presidency, with a total $7 billion investment in about 1,250 of the lowest-achieving public schools, was later called a failure by the Education Department's Institute of Education Sciences.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of Oct. 8, 2018)

NEA grant applications are due Oct. 15!

GitHub Simplifies Grading Process with New Classroom Assistant

GitHub has released Classroom Assistant, a tool intended to help streamline the grading process for teachers using Classroom on its open-source service that allows developers to share and collaborate on code.

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.

$5,500 Grant Program to Recognize Teachers for Innovation in Data Collection in Science

The 2019 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards program is now open, offering up to $5.500 for "the innovative use of data-collection technology using a computer, tablet, graphing calculator, or other handheld in the science classroom."

California CS Standards Designed to Increase Access to CS Instruction for All Students

Next, the state will finalize a plan for scaling up CS education, including how to support teachers. That's expected to be approved by March 2019.

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