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Senate Committee Approves Libraries Bill

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted unanimously Thursday to send the Museum and Library Services Act to the Senate floor.

Million-Dollar Prize Promised to Best Nonprofit Ed Tech Idea

Nonprofits with an education technology idea have until the end of this month to apply for a million-dollar prize to help them develop it. The winner will be announced on Dec. 21, 2018.

Establishing Best Practices for Early Learning Facilities

A new report finds early learning facilities are not designed with the needs of young children in mind and provides a framework for improving these institutions.

Amplify Turns to Illuminate for Tech to Track NGSS Progress

Expected shortly, Amplify's new NGSS Benchmark Assessments will enable educators using both Amplify Science and DnA to view not just Amplify test results but also related assessments and data for a broader view of the academic outlook.

Crafting a National Research Agenda

At a recent meeting convened by the Jefferson Education Exchange, associations determined that more work is needed to make educators aware of the federal Institute of Education Sciences research.

Teachers Urged to Instill Assignments with 'Choice and Relevancy'

A new report from the Education Trust looks at the role of two "powerful levers" — choice and relevancy — in motivating and engaging students.

Report: Teaching Future Principals Should Cover More Real-World Demands

An education research project examined an ongoing principal preparation improvement program and found that participating universities have changed their instruction and curriculum to put a greater emphasis on the real-world demands of the job over theory and emphasize more field experience.

How Educators Utilize Research

Preliminary findings from a survey of educators shows teachers are most interested in following trends in technology and trauma and mental health.

ED Outlines Procedures for State ESSA Plan Amendments

The U.S. Department of Education is instructing chief state school officers on how to make changes to their ESSA plans for the 2019-2020 school year.

Meta-Analysis: Class Size Doesn't Really Matter

A survey of research on the impact of small class sizes found evidence that "suggests at best a small effect on reading achievement" and "a negative, but statistically insignificant, effect on mathematics."

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