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Oregon Drops Smarter Balanced for High School

The state also reported that it had no plans to switch testing for grades 3–8. That's a topic the department will be taking up for the 2017-2018 school year.

New York Puts Finishing Touches on Remake of Learning Standards

The two-year review process, overseen by State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, has gone through a survey process, review committees and a public comment period that drew 4,100 comments on draft standards initially shared in September 2016.

DeVos: We're Just 'Scratching the Surface' of Ed with Tech

The new Secretary of the Department of Education told an audience of education innovators that she believed the role of technology in education has just begun to "scratch the surface," particularly in bringing "new opportunities" to rural populations.

Nebraska Department of Ed Signs with New Provider for Most Online Testing

The agency is making the change after suffering through several years of problems with its online testing systems.

FAFSA Tax Info Transfer Tool Down Until October

A tool that makes it easier for students to apply for federal financial aid won't be back up until Oct. 1, 2017. However, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA itself is still up and running.

CTE Reauthorization Draws Congressional Attention

Even as Congress faces the challenge of funding the federal government for a few more months, some legislators have also turned their attention to a revamp of the law covering career and technical education.

3 Reasons to Think Twice Before Implementing a Required BYOD Program

Schools that implement BYOD programs will choose one or both of two approaches: required BYOD and supplemental BYOD. While supplemental BYOD is a common-sense way to broaden students' and teachers' classroom resources, required BYOD is a problematic choice that will challenge a school district's staff and the community as a whole.

Cyberattacks Increasing, But Defenders with CS Education Are Not Growing at Same Rate

Cyberattacks appear to be on the rise; however, young professionals equipped with computer science (CS) skills to combat those threats are not growing at the same pace as the need. That’s the assessment from various recent sources and reports, from news sites to companies that track cybersecurity.

NewSchools 'Invent' to Support Launches of 29 Schools

Their school names freely use words like "academy" and "public" and "charter, " "new, " "design" and "college preparatory." They all intend to set up new models of education that, if successful, can serve as exemplars. And all are teams of educators making up the 29 recipients of the NewSchools Venture Fund Invent 2017 cohort.

Administration of $4 Billion School Funding Program May Be 'Out for Contract' Following USAC CEO Resignation

With the announcement that USAC CEO Chris Henderson has left the building, education observers are wondering what the change in leadership will bring to the organization that runs the E-rate program.

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