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Brief: Here's How State Accountability Systems Can Cover Personalized Learning

With the latest round of feedback from the U.S. Department of Education to states that have submitted their ESSA education plans during the second round, new approaches for accountability are sprouting out all over the country, but perhaps without sufficient innovation.

Young Scientist Challenge Seeks Middle School Innovators

This year's Young Scientist Challenge will award access to 3M scientists who will serve as mentors to help students pursue their innovative ideas.

Siemens STEM Day Recharges STEM Lessons in the Classroom

Participants can enter daily for a chance to win $10,000 towards STEM resources for their schools.

Apple Waives Developer Fees for Schools, Nonprofits

Members of the developer program are able to distribute apps through the Apple App Store and gain access to tools such as app analytics, beta testing resources such as TestFlight, beta software and advanced app capabilities.

State School Report Cards Offer Timelier Data But Still Have Room to Improve

While a few states do a good job of creating "report cards" that help people understand school performance, most states "still need improvements to be accessible, meaningful and useful to audiences outside of education policy." That's the assessment given by the Data Quality Campaign after a months-long review.

It's Time to Weave Computational Thinking into K-12

It's high time for students to move beyond an hour of coding exercises and learn computational thinking. That's the message of a new report that examines what's important to know and be able to do in a "computational world."

Panopto Video Platform Adds Support for VR, Multi-Language Speech Recognition

Panopto has introduced new capabilities to its education video platform, including support for 360-degree and virtual reality video and search support for speech recognition in nine languages.

Personalized Learning to Dominate Chan Zuckerberg Ed Investments

In the near term, the organization will invest in development of promising "practices and products founded in the science of learning and development."

Report: ESSA Gives Opening to Innovate on Assessment

The term "assessment" is often thought to mean the end-of-year state tests used for state and federal accountability. That's too narrow of a focus that will lead to "limited outcomes," asserted a new report from iNACOL.

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