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Here you'll find the latest news from the education technology world, from the newest hardware and software releases to policy and funding updates to research reports to school and district tech initiatives. Looking for more in-depth coverage of important topics? Be sure to visit our Features page.


Teaching 21st Century Skills Requires New Assessments

A new report from the Brookings Institution finds technology will play an integral part of assessing the ability of students to grasp 21st century skills.

Follett Challenge Invites Schools to Share Programs with a Positive Impact

Education technology company Follett has opened its latest challenge, inviting schools to submit video entries about their programs that have made a positive impact. Prizes include $200,000 worth of Follett products and services.

Unlocking Time Releases Free Scheduling Assessment

Unlocking Time has released a free tool for schools to assess how time is being used and whether it can be used more effectively for student and teacher professional learning.

Tennessee Aims to Improve Testing Experience with Changes to Assessment Program

Following a statewide listening tour, the Tennessee Department of Education is updating its TNReady student assessment program for the current school year and the 2019-2020 school year.

Read to Achieve Program Defies Progress

Five years in, test scores have remained "relatively flat" in grade 4 and have even "slightly" declined in grade 3.

High-Poverty Schools Face Academic Offering Challenges

A report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office finds public schools with more students in poverty are less likely to offer advanced course offerings that prepare students for college.

Is Alarm over Subgroup Coverage in ESSA State Plan 'Overblown?'

That's the take by the Thomas Fordham Institute, an education think tank. In a recent column, President Michael Petrilli took a recent analysis by the Alliance for Excellent Education to task for ignoring "basic math."

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of Oct. 29, 2018)

Preschool Development Grant applications due Nov. 6!

Digital Promise Develops 'Map' to Help Schools Face Common Challenges

The Digital Promise Research team worked with school districts in its League of Innovative Schools to create an online tool that suggests resources for helping address common challenges found in education. The "Challenge Map" covers 36 different challenges, including supporting English language learners, assessing 21st century skills and addressing social-emotional learning.

Rhode Island Includes Teacher Absenteeism Indicator in ESSA Plan

While 28 states have designated the reduction of "chronic absenteeism" among students as school quality indicators in their ESSA plans, Rhode Island is the only one that's included chronic absenteeism among K-12 teachers as well. The state has included it as a metric for schools in its Every Student Succeeds Act plan, alongside suspensions and high school and science proficiency.

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