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Nonprofit Receives Funding to Bring Personalized Learning to 40 Bay Area Schools

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has awarded PowerMyLearning, a San Francisco education nonprofit, a four-year grant to expand its personalized learning and family support initiatives in Bay Area public schools in underserved communities.

Final Round of i3 Grant Winners Announced

The United States Department of Education last week announced 15 winners for the final round of Investing in Innovation (i3) grants issued during the Obama Administration.

Groups Issue Guidance on Making Digital Learning Accessible to All

The guide also emphasizes that school leaders need to take into consideration accessibility for parental engagement as well.

Smarter Balanced Assessments to Offer Lexile, Quantile Measures

MetaMetrics is partnering with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium to link the Lexile Framework for Reading and the Quantile Framework for Mathematics to the Smarter Balanced online assessment system.

Report: K-12 Schools Have Failed to Harness Data

K-12 schools in the United States have failed to harness data to improve student performance and close achievement gaps, according to a new report from the Center for Data Innovation.

El Paso School District Receives $8 Million to Provide Students with Tech Tools, STEM Education

Five middle schools in the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) have joined the Verizon Innovative Learning Initiative and are receiving a grant of $8 million — $1.6 million each — to provide all students and teachers with access to technology tools, service, STEM education programs and training over a two-year period.

Microsoft, Code.org Use Minecraft to Teach Coding

Microsoft and Code.org have come together to debut Minecraft Designer, a free tutorial for students aged 6 and up that uses the Minecraft environment to teach coding.

Report: States Need to Improve High School Accountability Systems

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has created an opportunity for states to overhaul their high school accountability systems, but most are not taking advantage of that opportunity, according to a new report from Fordham Institute.

AT&T Gives $25,000 to MDBio Foundation to Boost STEM Education in Maryland

AT&T is contributing $25,000 to the Maryland-based MdBio Foundation to boost science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the Old Line State.

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