Fewer than half of the students who take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium tests this coming year are expected to reach the cutoffs for grade-level proficiency in English/language arts and mathematics, according to projections released on November 17 and reported by Education Week. According to the article, based on data collected from this past year’s field tests of the assessment only 41% of 11th graders and 38% to 44% of elementary and middle school students are expected to show proficiency in English/language arts. In math, only 33% of 11th graders and 32% to 39% of elementary and middle school students are expected to reach the cutoff for proficiency.  Continue reading

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New guidance released by the U.S. Department of Education allows states to apply to renew their waivers from No Child Left Behind for three or four years. In order to do so, however, they will have to show how they are turning around low-performing schools and closing student achievement gaps, according to coverage in U.S. News & World ReportContinue reading

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Todd-BrekhusTodd Brekhus, President of Capstone Digital, will receive the Visionary Award at the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group’s Lamplighter Honors Gala on December 8. The Visionary Award is given to individuals for their insight and exceptional leadership. Todd is receiving this award for his outstanding work in the launch of digital solutions in the K-12 education market and especially in the design, development, and successful execution of myON, a personalized literacy program with the largest collection of digital books.

In this first installment of a two-part blog post, Todd talks about the importance of the role of technology in education and how myON uses technology to help students get excited about reading. Continue reading

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Contrary to popular opinion, teachers use technology more often than their students, according to a new study published in Educational Technology Research & Development, a journal of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. The study, reported in an Education Week article, examined the technology use of 24 middle school science teachers and more than 1,000 middle school students.  Continue reading

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Hispanic students have made steady and notable gains over the past decade on federal assessments of mathematics, according to a recent article in the Washington Post. Furthermore, Hispanic public school students in major cities such as Charlotte, Houston, and the District of Columbia have made some of the most consistent progress.  Continue reading

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