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Trump Signs Bills to Boost Women, Girls in STEM

President Donald Trump signed two bills Tuesday aimed at recruiting more women for STEM fields.

Report: Data Should Be Used to Drive Improvement in Schools, Not Punish Failure

"Education has not yet fully become an evidence-based sector." So declared Aimee Rogstad Guidera, the founder, president and CEO of the Data Quality Campaign, in the introduction to a report that examined how the use of data has evolved in K-12 over the last 10 years.

Latino Kindergarteners Start School 3 Months Behind in Math on Average

A recent report by research center Child Trends and its Hispanic Institute finds that Latino children’s math skills trail those of white children by three months at the start of kindergarten.

Interactive Tool Highlights State’s Personalized Learning Plans

Ahead of the first deadline in April, states have begun to release their draft plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). National organization KnowledgeWorks has launched an online, interactive resource on statewide strategies to advance personalized learning under ESSA.

Pomona Students Line Up for Sprint-Issued Hotspots and Home Internet

As part of its 1Million Project, intended to outfit a million low-income students with reliable connectivity in their homes, Sprint has begun issuing free mobile hotspot devices and wireless connectivity.

California District Faces Heat for Offering 'Common Applications'

A California school district supplied its families with an online tool that would allow them to learn more about available schools — both those that are part of the district and those that are charter schools — and to apply to both kinds of schools with single applications for each type.

Autopsy for the Failure That Was inBloom

In the wake of inBloom, 400 pieces of state-level legislation around student data privacy have been introduced, and many have been adopted. More tellingly, the trend in data-fueled ed tech has since been toward piecemeal adoption of closed, proprietary systems instead of a multi-state, open source platform.

Project Aims to Dispel 'Misguided Notions and Outdated Assumptions' about College Readiness

Policymakers and education leaders are often working with "misguided" ideas about student success and college readiness, and researchers at the University of Chicago are looking to do something about that.

ED Secretary DeVos Tells States to Maintain ESSA Timelines

Betsy DeVos, the new secretary of the United States Department of Education (ED), wants to maintain the timeline set by the Obama administration for reviewing state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), even though accountability regulations appear as though they will be eliminated by Congress.

Education Department Tweets Two Big Spelling Errors Over Weekend

The Department of Education (ED) sent out an official tweet Sunday quoting influential scholar and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois and misspelling his name. Then the ED sent out an apology and correction that misspelled the word “apologies.”

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