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Survey: Higher-Level Tech Skills Lacking in K–12

While teachers strongly support the infusion of technology into student learning, a survey found that their schools still face multiple hurdles in that pursuit, including a lack of computing devices, too much emphasis on passive activities and insufficient professional development to help educators understand how to teach with tech.

Teachers Go Online More in Era of Common Core

It has been nine years since a group of governors and state school chiefs adopted the Common Core State Standards. A new report from RAND Corp. asked the question, have the standards — or their alternative versions in some states — changed what American teachers "think and do"?

Just 36 Teachers Across U.S. Graduated in 2016 Ready to Teach CS

Forty-one states didn't graduate a single new teacher prepared to teach CS.

Report: School Improvement Grant Program Results Based on 'Underpowered' Research

FutureEd has called the federal government to task for dropping support for the School Improvement Grant program. The SIG program, begun during the Obama presidency, with a total $7 billion investment in about 1,250 of the lowest-achieving public schools, was later called a failure by the Education Department's Institute of Education Sciences.

Suspending Elementary School Students Linked to Future Behavioral Problems

When students are suspended in kindergarten and first grade, a new study finds, it can lead more suspensions in later grades and less time spent on early learning experiences.

Parents and Teachers Agree on Value of Data Use for Education

While most teachers found that data helps them identify learning goals (87 percent), slightly more than half (52 percent) said their biggest obstacle was a lack the time to use data effectively.

Equity Problems with Technology Persist Despite Adoption Gains

More teachers are requiring students to use assigned devices in their classrooms, but a new report finds inconsistencies with technology adoption in class and at home.

Finding What Works in Educational Innovation

Researchers have identified four conditions that motivate teachers to move forward with technology-driven changes to instructional practices. Top-down coercion isn't one of them.

Closing Digital Divide Requires Focused PD to Support Teachers

Initial results are in for Digital Promise's Dynamic Learning Project, a program to see what impact there would be on closing the "digital divide" by placing technology coaches into 50 high-need schools in 20 districts and five states. The results so far look "promising," according to Karen Cator, who leads Digital Promise.

ESSA Plans Give Preview of Promises for State Ed Data Usage

A study of every state's Every Student Succeeds Act plan found that "while approaches to student success vary, the commitment to data use is clear." The study outlined three "major ways" states are "deploying data to meet their education goals."

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