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Erie Onna Seaster, 3, right, and other children at the Crescent Early Learning Center in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood use an app-based activity earlier this year to support 'high-quality talk' among children, parents, and teachers.
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MacArthur Foundation Launches Nonprofit to Scale Up Digital Learning

The new organization, named Collective Shift, wants to connect schools, businesses, libraries, museums, and city leaders in efforts to build new “ecosystems of learning.” (October 20, 2015)

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11/25 05:10 pm | OECD Chooses Northwest Evaluation Association for Testing Contract, Platform | The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development selected the Portland, Ore.-based nonprofit to deliver the Test for Schools, and use its online testing platform ...

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12/01 12:23 pm | Student Data Privacy Mostly Missing in ESEA Reauthorization | The Every Student Succeeds Act would allow federal funds to be used to train teachers on data use and privacy, but does not tackle FERPA modernization.

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01/16 08:05 am | Sputnik Moves to New Orbit! | If you've enjoyed reading Sputnik as much as I've enjoyed writing it, I'm sure you'll equally enjoy reading and reacting to my blog at Huffington ...

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Industry and Innovation
This section of Education Week examines the education marketplace and new approaches that are changing K-12 education. A grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation helps support the project.

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States get the chance to buy only parts of the consortium's common-core-aligned tests, instead of the whole system, and can pick their own vendor. November 17, 2015 – Education Week (Web)
Stretching limited dollars to expand educational opportunities will require some creative thinking and better sharing of lessons learned, school business officers suggested at a recent conference. November 3, 2015 – Education Week
A new cadre of school leadership programs emphasizes knowledge of practices from the business world. November 3, 2015 – Education Week
As performance-based teacher-licensure exams like the edTPA gain currency, reports of related tutoring services and online materials raise new questions. October 20, 2015 – Education Week
The news organization will develop a dozen or more television segments for the NewsHour over the next year, expanding its education coverage for a broader audience. October 20, 2015 – Education Week
The House and Senate bills to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act offer different takes on how to distribute federal aid for poor students. October 20, 2015 – Education Week
The new organization, named Collective Shift, wants to connect schools, businesses, libraries, museums, and city leaders in efforts to build new “ecosystems of learning.” October 20, 2015 – Education Week
Amid an ongoing debate over the use of student data, K-12 systems have quietly begun linking children's educational records with information from other government agencies. October 19, 2015 – Education Week
As more and more large, well-known companies—such as Home Depot and Target—fall victim to cyberattacks, school districts are realizing they could be next. October 19, 2015 – Education Week
In their indictment of Barbara Byrd-Bennett, federal prosecutors allege the former superintendent steered a $23 million, no-bid contract to her former employers. October 13, 2015 – Education Week

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