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Feds Tackle Student Privacy for Pre-Test Surveys in SAT and ACT

Teachers and students are often confused about the "voluntary nature" of pre-tests, in which the questions require responses, including those queries that a student may not wish to answer. Therein lies the problem. Because the data generated in those surveys is part of school-required activities, it falls under the purview of multiple laws that protect the privacy of student data.

New Playbook Profiles D.C.'s Messy Journey to Education Reform

While the public schools in the District of Columbia have generated ample headlines for outright malfeasance and publicly displayed poor judgment, it has also been held up as a "national model for education reformers," as the Washington Post once expressed it. Now an education think tank has issued a report about District of Columbia Public Schools to profile its work and to draw important lessons for both educators and policymakers.

LEGO Adds 110 Master Educators to New Ed Community

LEGO Education has launched a new education community — LEGO Education Master Educators — and has named 110 members to its initial cohort, Applications will soon be accepted from educators around the world.

SEL in the Wild: States Behind in Their Commitments

While social emotional learning has become a darling among many states as an indicator of school health in their ESSA plans, a new brief has questioned whether the work behind the scenes is keeping up.

Report: Adolescent Learning Requires a New Science-Based Approach

There's a science to adolescent learning, which addresses how the many changes — physical, emotional, social, intellectual and psychological — teenagers experience impact how they learn and should impact how educators instruct. A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education offered strategies for making sure that "critical education decisions are driven by science."

Survey: Funding for Ed Tech Still Encumbers 21st Century Learning

Among the findings from a new ed tech tech survey: funding for is the biggest issue for most schools; augmented and virtual realities are hot really only with pundits, not classrooms; and Google is a top choice.

Report: Do Low School Accountability Grades Drive Teachers Away?

A new working paper from NBER asks, does holding schools accountable for student performance cause good teachers to leave low-performing schools? The answer....

STEM Interest Declining Among Teen Boys

STEM interest is dwindling among boys. A recent survey found that just 24 percent of boys 13 to 17 years old expect to pursue a STEM career, down from 36 percent in 2017. However, interest among girls those ages has held steady year-over-year at 11 percent.

Students Get Industry Mentoring, Insights on AI

H2O.ai, an artificial-intelligence platform producer, is partnering with AI4ALL, an Oakland, CA-based nonprofit working to increase diversity and inclusion in AI and to educate future AI workers about how it can be a force for social good. The goal: to democratize AI.

Missouri Delivers Virtual Summer School

Middle and high school students across Missouri are earning original credit and recovery credits online by enrolling in the Missouri Online Summer Institute.

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