States Expanding Mandates for Students to Take Computer Science

Fourteen states are now mandating that computer science classes be counted towards high school graduation requirements, a new report from Education Commission of the States finds.


Nev. Cites 'Breach of Contract' by Vendor, Smarter Balanced Amid Testing Woes

State superintendent Dale Erquiaga said Nevada's test providers "have failed to uphold their obligations."


New Research Reveals Teens' Near-Constant Use of Online Sites, Tools

Nearly a quarter of teens are online "almost constantly" and 73 percent of teens own smartphones, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.


Florida Online Testing Disrupted Again, Vendor Apologizes

The American Institutes for Research, which was awarded a $220 million contract to oversee the assessments, accepted responsibility for the latest problems.


Ed-Tech Groups Give Thumbs Up to K-12 Tech Amendment in ESEA Rewrite

Although it's just a first step, bipartisan support for the "I-TECH" amendment by the Senate Education Committee is seen as positive by ed-tech advocates.


iPads, E-Readers, and Early Literacy: Emerging Research From AERA

Four pending studies presented at AERA offer surprising findings and a nuanced look at the use of iPads and e-readers with young children.


Coding and Computer Science in School Libraries: Researcher Q&A

Given time and space to innovate, librarians can be instrumental in engaging students in using programming tools, researchers said.


U.S. Students Awful at Evaluating Reliability of Online Science Readings

Fewer than 4 percent of students in a new study displayed the skills to effectively evaluate the reliability and credibility of online science information.


Deep or Wide? Two Takes on Ed-Tech Professional Development from AERA

Does providing more teachers with basic training, or a few teachers with intensive training, result in the most impactful integration of classroom technology?


Previewing the 2015 AERA Conference, in Plain English

A preview of the jargon-filled annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, written at a 5th-grade reading level.


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