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College Board Sees Bumper Crop of CS AP Test-Takers, Intros New Resources and Processes

Just as the College Board announced new resources and processes for its Advanced Placement exams, the organization also said that the number of students tackling an AP Computer Science assessment grew by nearly a third over last year's count. That count includes record participation by underrepresented groups, including girls and black and Latinx students.

States Falling Down on ESSA Subgroup Reporting

States are "shirking" their responsibilities in two important Every Student Succeeds Act provisions, according to a new analysis by the Alliance for Education.

California CS Standards Designed to Increase Access to CS Instruction for All Students

Next, the state will finalize a plan for scaling up CS education, including how to support teachers. That's expected to be approved by March 2019.

$5,500 Grant Program to Recognize Teachers for Innovation in Data Collection in Science

The 2019 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards program is now open, offering up to $5.500 for "the innovative use of data-collection technology using a computer, tablet, graphing calculator, or other handheld in the science classroom."

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of Oct. 1, 2018)

Proposals are due within a week for four different grants: Farmer's Insurance Thank America's Teachers; Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grants; AAEF Classroom Grant; and Krystal Foundation STEAM Grants!

AWS Hardware Appliance Connects On-Premises Apps to AWS Storage Services

Amazon Web Services has put its Storage Gateway — for connecting on-premises applications to AWS storage services — into a hardware appliance.

VMware Rolls Out Workstation 15 and Fusion 11

VMware has released major updates to its virtual platforms VMware Workstation 15 and VMware Fusion 11.

Microsoft, Azul Partnership Brings Java to Azure

Azul Systems and Microsoft announced a new partnership that will allow Java developers on Azure and Azure Stack to build and run production Java applications using the commercially supported edition of Azul's flagship Java runtime, Zulu Enterprise.

Congress Averts Government Shutdown, Funds Department of Education

The United States Department of Education is receiving nearly $71.5 billion for fiscal year 2019, a $581 million increase from the previous year.

Device Access Impacts Student Achievement

The U.S. Department of Education's National Assessment of Educational Progress takes a look at how students and teachers are using computers for learning.

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