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Third grade teacher William Calarese helps Luis Diaz during class at Gregory Heights Elementary School in Highline Public Schools, near Seattle. District officials hope that greater data interoperability will allow for robust profiles of educators and students that can help improve teaching and learning.
—Sam Gause for Education Week

Even for Districts Leading Interoperability Push, Journey Is Just Beginning

The Highline Public school system, outside Seattle, is at the forefront of an effort to integrate multiple K-12 data systems. But even in the forward-thinking Washington state district, big questions lie ahead. (October 30, 2018)

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Unchaining Digital Data: K-12 Interoperability
This Education Week examination of school districts’ pursuit of “interoperability” is the first of three special reports focused on the needs of K-12 district technology leaders, including chief technology officers.

Technology Counts 2018
This year’s report takes a hard look at what principals are thinking and doing about some of the most vexing technology issues in their schools.

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Faster Internet, Lower Bandwidth Costs for Schools, Study Shows
The E-rate program, state broadband initiatives, and technological improvements continue to yield big gains in K-12 internet connectivity, according to a new analysis by EducationSuperHighway.

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June 19, 2019 – Education Week
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May 1, 2019 – Education Week
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September 20, 2017 – Education Week
The Houston school district’s technology chief, Lenny Schad, shares lessons about how his 216,000-student system responded to Hurricane Harvey, which besieged the community.
September 19, 2017 – Education Week
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March 29, 2017 – Education Week
Schools are being hit with a form of malware that locks away computer files unless they can be restored from backups or a ransom is paid.
January 11, 2017 – Education Week
Gov. Paul LePage has called for a review of his state's groundbreaking digital learning program, questioning the impact of the effort on student achievement.
August 31, 2016 – Education Week
Teachers see potential to use the Pokémon Go game to help teach local history, civics, and other lessons, but skeptics worry about privacy risks.
August 3, 2016 – Education Week
Educators and lawmakers in some states want to move away from one-size-fits-all school rankings and offer more information using a model drawn from the business world.
May 18, 2016 – Education Week
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April 13, 2016 – Education Week

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