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Betty Hsu and Ivan Chang are the co-founders of Professor Word, a Philadelphia-based startup that has developed a tool to help students learn word definitions as they read online.
—Charles Mostoller for Education Week

Startup Founders Apply Education Experience

Former educators with technology interests are increasingly making their way from classrooms into the startup world as they try to use their school expertise to create ed-tech products. (September 16, 2014)

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10/24 12:15 pm | Large Districts Use Benchmarking Report to Save Millions of Dollars | An annual report released today shares districts' non-academic benchmarks to help leaders prioritize spending and other resources.

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10/24 07:50 am | Personalized Learning Plans for Vermont Students Move Forward | Vermont public schools have until next fall to prepare for a new law requiring all middle and high school students to have personalized learning plans.

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01/16 08:15 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 Post. Farewell Sputnik!

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Education technology advocates, philanthropies, and others are trying to create a clearer definition of what qualifies as "personalized learning," one of the most popular terms in education today. October 20, 2014 – Education Week
The goal is to generate a comprehensive digital portrait of the strengths, weaknesses, and preferences of each student, to provide him or her with customized academic content. October 20, 2014 – Education Week
One of the biggest tensions emerging around the growth of personalized learning centers on questions about how to use and protect sensitive student information. October 20, 2014 – Education Week
Many schools' personalized learning efforts hinge on the use of formative assessment tools, including embedded online curriculum, adaptive-learning platforms, and stand-alone tests. October 17, 2014 – Education Week
The state is scrambling to hire a company to administer winter tests used for high school graduation after McGraw-Hill Education CTB withdrew from a proposed contract. October 10, 2014 – Education Week
A California law is one of the most aggressive attempts to balance the promise of digital learning technologies with concerns about the privacy of children's sensitive information. October 7, 2014 – Education Week
Of all the testing organizations prospering in the common-core era, few have fought as doggedly in public for a competitive edge as the American Institutes for Research. September 30, 2014 – Education Week
Most of the biggest contracts being awarded by the two main consortia creating online assessments aligned to the standards are flowing to some familiar industry players. September 30, 2014 – Education Week
September 30, 2014 – Education Week
Big questions are facing school district leaders across the country about how a learning management system should best fit into the larger ed-tech ecosystem. September 29, 2014 – Education Week

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