K-12 Technology News

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SETDA and Common Sense Deliver E-rate Help

Two non-profits are teaming up to "help finish the job" of connecting every school and library in the country to high-speed Internet access.

NAEP Test Results Show Kids Backsliding in Math and Reading

National average NAEP scores for mathematics and reading were lower in 2015 than 2013 for eighth-grade students; 22 states saw declines in results. Yet scores were still higher than the first assessments in the early 1990s at both grades 4 and 8.

As Results Trickle In, State Ed Leaders Build Case for Sticking with PARCC

Now that results are being released for last spring's Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments, state education representatives face the challenge of explaining what the bad news means to their constituents. Some states may choose to stick with their own assessments, which show better results. In other places, leaders are holding tight and educating the public about why their states need to reboot their expectations for student learning.

Washington District Switches to Integrated Financial, Personnel Software

The West Valley School District in Yakima, WA, is the fourth district in the state to adopt the Infinite Visions software.

Video Provider Kaltura Partners With Sharp on Interactive Display Boards

Video technology provider Kaltura has partnered with Sharp Imaging and Information to supply its video platform to the Sharp line of display boards.

SchoolMessenger Unveils Single Sign-On Tool for K-12 Districts

SchoolMesenger has launched Passport, a single sign-on tool for K-12 schools.

Sally Ride STEM Program Moves to UC San Diego

In a new agreement the STEM education company created by America's first female astronaut has become an official part of the institution under a new multidisciplinary program that intends to continue its educational mission of inspiring K-12 students in science, technology, engineering and math, with a special emphasis on reaching out to girls and other under-represented groups of kids.

California District To Save $252,000 Annually with Solar Power

The Tamalpais Union High School District has completed installation of a 705-kilowatt solar photovoltaic installation estimated to save as much as $252,000 in annual energy costs.

Ohio Online Learning Program Adopts New Virtual Curricula

The Ohio Online Learning Program is teaming up with a private partner to deliver its primary source of digital curriculum.

Online Charter School Students Lag Behind Peers in Math and Reading

Outcomes for students attending online public charter schools are failing to keep pace with those of their peers in traditional public schools, according to a new three-volume report released Tuesday.