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Report: To Engage Students, Science Ed Needs to Emphasize Local Phenomena

A new National Academy of Sciences draft report looks at middle and high school science labs and explores how best to engage students in doing science and engineering.

Testing Platform for Trades Updated

A nonprofit that produces a testing system for students learning construction trades has made updates to the platform. The system, developed by the National Center for Construction Education & Research, allows teachers and administrators to issue, grade and score tests.

'Nobel Prize for Education' Seeks 2019 Nominees

The World Innovation Summit for Education is seeking nominations for its 2019 WISE Prize, akin to a Nobel Prize for education. The honor includes a $500,000 prize and can go to an individual or a team of up to six people.

STEMscopes Science Bundle to Offer BBC Science Streaming Add-on

Accelerate Learning is working with BBC Studios in an arrangement that will add media streaming to Accelerate's STEM education products and services.

Brief: It's Time for States to Protect School Directory Information

FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, grants schools a "directory information exception," allowing them to share students' personal information with third parties when it wouldn't "generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed." This ability comes with no limits. In fact, the third party can then "redisclose" that information to anybody.

Amazon Expands Future Engineer Program to Younger Grades

Amazon has expanded its "Future Engineer" initiative into K-8. The program has begun offering free online lessons and funding summer camps to help students discover the fun of computer science.

Advising Program Helps Steer Underprivileged Students to the Right College Fit

A recent project found that low-cost advising techniques can help disadvantaged students increase the number and selectivity of colleges they apply to. "Find the Fit," as the initiative is called, is intended to address the continuing problem of "undermatch," in which students don't go to college at all or choose a college that's less selective than their academic credits warrant.

Van Hollen Introduces Bill to Fund Title I, Special Education

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduces the Keep Our Promise to America's Children and Teachers Act to fund schools serving low income students and special education.

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