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K-12 Cyber Strikes Cost Millions Last Year

K-12 underwent 122 known cybersecurity incidents last year, hitting 119 different education agencies in 38 states. The result was the "theft of millions of tax payer dollars, stolen identities, tax fraud and altered school records," according to the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center.

Relieving Test Jitters Leads to Better Science Course Outcomes

A Stanford experiment found that low-income high schoolers who rechannel their "negative emotions" during STEM testing can do better on the tests — and the course.

States Seeing Improved Public Charter School Laws

An advocate for public charter schools has released its annual ranking of state school laws. Its big finding: Those states with new or overhauled laws regulating public charters are "bypassing" states that were previously ranked higher in multiple areas, including accountability, flexibility and funding equity.

How Social-Emotional Programs Make a Difference

A recent brief has highlighted the link between social-emotional development and a reduction in aggression.

5 Hurdles to Technological Innovation in K–12 Education

Innovating in education, especially with technology, doesn't come without its hurdles. These may be organizational; they may involve people not knowing what to do or having a lack of resources, but the result is a slow-down in the adoption of innovation.

Education Needs to Revamp How to Teach English Learners in STEM

English language learners are underrepresented in STEM fields, in both college and on the job. To understand how education can better work with these students (who could speak one of 350 different languages in the United States) is the topic of a new report from the National Academy of Sciences.

4 Best Practices for the Release of Data Under FERPA During School Emergencies

"A delicate balance exists between privacy and security in schools," a recent federal report on school safety noted. "On the one hand, there is the legal requirement to protect the privacy of student education records. On the other hand, it is critical to recognize that some education records may contain information that, if disclosed to appropriate officials, could help prevent students from harming themselves or others."

How to Build 'Inclusive, Safe, Engaging' Schools

A nonprofit that focuses on improving the climate for learning has released two reports intended to help school leaders understand how to create "safe, engaging school communities."

Teacher Confidence in Ed Tech on the Rise, But Not Feelings About the Profession

Teacher confidence in the use of technology is rising incrementally. Some 99 percent of teachers and school leaders in a recent survey reported that they're using digital technology in their classrooms. And nearly as many (96 percent) said they've seen benefits from its use.

Homework Gap Persists Despite Broadband Gains

A new report finds fewer than 10 percent of school districts report that all students have access to non-shared devices at home, while the number of schools offering broadband at school continues to rise.

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