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  • Testing Platform for Trades Updated

    A nonprofit that produces a testing system for students learning construction trades has made updates to the platform. The system, developed by the National Center for Construction Education & Research, allows teachers and administrators to issue, grade and score tests.

  • PARCC Agent Rolling Out Pool of Items for Custom State Assessments

    A Texas-based nonprofit is on the cusp of rolling out its new service to make a pool or catalog of test items available to states for their high-stakes assessment efforts. Last year, New Meridian was chosen by PARCC to manage its testing business.

  • Amplify Turns to Illuminate for Tech to Track NGSS Progress

    Expected shortly, Amplify's new NGSS Benchmark Assessments will enable educators using both Amplify Science and DnA to view not just Amplify test results but also related assessments and data for a broader view of the academic outlook.

Policy Update

  • Brief: It's Time for States to Protect School Directory Information

    FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, grants schools a "directory information exception," allowing them to share students' personal information with third parties when it wouldn't "generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed." This ability comes with no limits. In fact, the third party can then "redisclose" that information to anybody.

  • Van Hollen Introduces Bill to Fund Title I, Special Education

    U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduces the Keep Our Promise to America's Children and Teachers Act to fund schools serving low income students and special education.

  • Department of Ed Joins Top-10 Rank of FOIA Lawsuits

    A Freedom of Information Act project to measure the number of FOIA lawsuits filed against federal agencies has added the Department of Education to the top-10 list for the first time.

Focus on K-12 Information Technology

  • IL School District Turns to Subscription Model for Business Intelligence business intelligence

    An Illinois school district has tapped into "big data" analytics through a subscription model to help improve student outcomes. Meridian School District #223 is working with Qlik Analytics from the Copley Consulting Group.

  • 2018 THE Journal Readers’ Choice Awards 2018 THE Journal Readers’ Choice Awards

    For our fourth-annual Readers’ Choice Awards, more than 1,000 education technology professionals weighed in on their favorite technologies, from instructional technology to security and privacy tools, from mobile devices to projectors, from games to multimedia authoring tools.

Vendor Resources

Cisco Partner - Gold Certified
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Sonicwall
SonicWALL, Inc. designs, develops and manufacturers network security, secure remote access, web and e-mail security, continuous data protection, and policy and management solutions for schools. Offering appliance-based products as well as value-added subscription services, its comprehensive array of solutions provides enterprise-class Internet and data protection without any compromises. CDWG.com/sonicwall
Watchguard
WatchGuard builds affordable, all-in-one network and content security solutions. WatchGuard's extensible threat management (XTM) network security solutions combine firewall, VPN and security services to protect networks from spam, viruses malware and intrusions. CDWG.com/watchguard
M86 Security
M86 Security is one of the largest providers of Secure Web Gateways and the largest independent provider of web and e-mail content security in the world. M86 Security delivers deep experience and outstanding product performance. CDWG.com/M86
Kapersky Lab
Recognized by Gartner as a visionary company in the endpoint security market, Kaspersky Lab combines innovative technology with a unique approach to managing risk and delivering new operational efficiencies. This is done by minimizing customers' window of exposure, with the most resource efficient endpoint and server security solutions available. CDWG.com/kaspersky
HP
Discover why organizations rely on HP ProLiant DL rack-mount servers for some of the highest levels of efficiency, insight and control. HP rack-mount servers deliver decades of engineering and integration experience designed to speed the implementation of new computing technology. CDWG.com/hp

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