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)

Push for Grade-Level Reading Takes Many Forms

A school attendance program in Connecticut, a free preschool in Kansas, and summer learning programs in Illinois and Iowa are all part of an effort to ensure students read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade. (May 22, 2015)

Gains Seen for Kids Who Leave Poor Neighborhoods

(May 21, 2015)

PARCC Shortens Its Common-Core Test

(May 21, 2015)

Reading Fluency Viewed as Neglected Skill

(May 20, 2015)

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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)

Five Principles for Securing Student-Data Privacy

Microsoft's chief technology officer, Cameron Evans, argues that schools need a cultural shift in order to protect student data. (May 18, 2015)

Formal Instruction in Early Childhood Is Harmful

Contrary to what policymakers say, pre-K students get a great education through play and unstructured activities, writes Walt Gardner. (May 20, 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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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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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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