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Legislators Balance Student-Data-Privacy Concerns

The debate over how to best protect student data has legislators weighing the views of privacy advocates and education technology providers in this year’s crop of proposals. (May 22, 2015)

Selective Schools Struggle to Diversify Enrollments

Leaders of elite public high schools are banding together to find ways to enroll more students from low-income families and underrepresented minority groups. (May 22, 2015)

Does Google Help Students Learn (or Just Think They Do?)

(May 26, 2015)

Push for Grade-Level Reading Takes Many Forms

(May 22, 2015)

PARCC Shortens Its Common-Core Test

(May 21, 2015)

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  • Cynthia Rutan, the scoring director at the Westerville, Ohio, center, works with trainees on methods for hand-scoring the PARCC test. —Maddie McGarvey for Education Week
  • A sign at the center prominently espouses some guiding principles for scorers as they scrutinize and rate test questions for the 3rd grade math section of the PARCC test. —Maddie McGarvey for Education Week

Thousands of Scorers Take On the Common-Core Tests

Some 42,000 highly trained raters will score 109 million test responses in English/language arts and math in the biggest and most controversial student-assessment project in history. (May 26, 2015)

Our K-12 Policies Resemble Those of Imperial Japan

(May 26, 2015)

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Opinion

Q&A With Sir Ken Robinson

The author and speaker shares his thoughts on student engagement and testing, the future of teacher education programs, and why vocational education matters. (May 22, 2015)

Finding a Balance Between Monitoring and Tracking Students

The path to securing acceptable school privacy practices is not a simple one, write Jules Polonetsky and Joseph Jerome. (May 20, 2015)

Improving Education Takes More Than Minutes

The national discussion around changing the structure of schools should go beyond minutes of instruction, Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers say. (May 26, 2015)

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Does Ohio's 3rd Grade Reading Test Miss Its Goal?

Two years ago, Ohio passed legislation to put up a barrier to 4th grade for those who failed the state's reading test. Has that reading guarantee made a difference? Video by Learning Matters.

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Digital Directions

$3.9B E-Rate Bonanza Will Be Awarded to Schools, Libraries

The record amount in E-rate funds will be awarded this year, with no phone-bill increases for consumers, according to the FCC. (May 14, 2015)

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Teacher

Let Students With ADHD Fidget, Says Study

Toe-tapping, squirming, and finger-drumming could actually be a helpful part of the learning process for kids with the disorder, says a new study. (May 15, 2015)

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Industry & Innovation

ETS Hauls in $280M in Texas Assessment Deals, Tops Pearson

ETS will be administering, scoring, reporting, and performing other work associated with exams over the next few years. (May 18, 2015)

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