On July 30 Senators Edward Markey (D-MA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the “Protecting Student Privacy Act.” The bill modifies the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 by adding new provisions that are linked to receipt of federal education funds. It prohibits the use of personally identifiable information to target advertising to students, requires districts to minimize distribution of identifiable data, and mandates that any company or organization receiving the data have comprehensive security policies in place.   Continue reading

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“Computers are becoming increasingly important in today’s classrooms as tools for both teaching and learning, but little is known about the knowledge and skills of elementary students in large-scale computer-based writing assessments,” according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). With that in mind in 2012 NCES conducted the Grade 4 Writing Computer-Based Assessment (WCBA) study to determine if fourth-grade students could effectively demonstrate their knowledge and skills during a computer-delivered assessment.  Continue reading

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Although results have improved in recent years in several key areas relating to education—high school graduation rates, number of children attending preschool, and fourth-grade reading proficiency—much work remains to be done, according to the 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book, published by the Anne E. Casey Foundation. The annual report measures the well-being of children on 16 measures in the areas of economic well-being, education, health, and family and community, reporting findings at both national and state-by-state levels.  Continue reading

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The publishing community has for some time been closely following the conflict between Amazon and Hachette about e-book pricing. Gradually, public awareness of the dispute is growing as well.  Continue reading

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