“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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Educators at both the K-12 and postsecondary levels have a desire to integrate technology at a much higher level than they currently do, but they need support and assistance to make that happen. That’s one of the conclusions from a new Vision K-20 survey conducted by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA).  Continue reading

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