U.S. graduation rates reached a record high of over 80% in 2012, representing an increase of about 8% over the past decade, according  to America’s Promise Alliance. Despite that achievement, we need to consider what will happen to the 20% of young people who do not graduate, said Jonathan Zaff, executive director of the Center for Promise at Tufts University, the research center for America’s Promise Alliance. Zaff spoke for an article appearing in District Administration magazine.  Continue reading

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In light of the furious activity surrounding student privacy, attendees and speakers at the 2014 AAP PreK-12 Learning Group Fall Policy Exchange pondered the question: Is data a bad word? Is it the concept of collecting student information to guide personalized learning that is the problem, or has the word data become so charged that parents and policy makers are reacting before they understand the context? Speakers Ezra Dodd Church (Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP), Aimee Rogstad Guidera (Data Quality Campaign), and Reg Leichty (EducationCounsel) talked about the current state of privacy law, where it’s headed, and the learning resource industry’s place in the conversation. While no one at the event came up with a better term, they did agree that educational developers can play a role in rehabilitating data collection through communication and transparency. Continue reading

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The Lamplighter Honors Gala, presented by the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group on December 8, will celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of the learning resource industry and the ongoing mission of helping every child receive a world class education.

kathy-hurleyKathy Hurley, EVP Education Alliances for the Pearson Foundation, will receive the Ambassador Award for building bridges between companies and individuals in the preK-12 universe and being a tireless advocate on behalf of the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group. Below, Kathy discusses the importance of building relationships across the learning resource community and how trends in brain research will impact personalized learning. Continue reading

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Middle schools and high schools should not start classes before 8:30 a.m., according to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, yet only about 15% of U.S. public high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later. The statement noted that not enough adolescents get the recommended 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep nightly, and chronic sleep loss is one of the most common public health issues today.  Continue reading

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Student usage of tablets and other mobile devices continues to soar, and students believe tablets make a big difference in education, according to a new report published by Pearson. The Pearson Student Mobile Device Survey 2014: National Report, Students in Grades 4-12 is based on contacts with more than 2,200 students in March 2014. Here are a few key findings:  Continue reading

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