Arne Duncan Responds to Criticism Over Student Data Privacy

Privacy advocates point to the weakening of FERPA as evidence that the U.S. Department of Education is not doing enough to safeguard student data.


Vast Digital Divide Exists in K-12 Schools, E-Rate Analysis Shows

Schools meeting the federal ConnectED goals have budgets for accessing the Internet that are 450 times larger than those that are not meeting those goals.


Use of Digital Tools Rises, but 'STEM' Gender Gap Persists, Survey Finds

A new survey reveals the need for classroom innovation beyond the implementation of digital tools for enhanced student learning and interest in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, careers. Twenty-nine percent of high school boys said they were very interested in pursuing a career in STEM areas while only 19 percent of girls had the same ambition.


Model 'Inclusive' STEM High Schools Share Common Traits, Researchers Say

Innovative technology use, project-based learning, and real-world partnerships are among the common traits shared by exemplary open-enrollment STEM high schools, researchers found.


Researchers Voice Concern With E-Books' Effect on Reading Comprehension

Researchers at West Chester University found that elementary students showed lower comprehension levels when reading on iPads versus traditional print materials.


Google Amends Its Terms on Scanning User Data for Ads

With a federal lawsuit pending, and more scrutiny about its practices, Google updated its terms of service and privacy policies about how it uses private data.


In New York, Another Setback for inBloom

New York state reversed its plans to partner with inBloom for data storage and other technology services, dealing another setback to the Atlanta nonprofit.


Kansas Suspends State Tests Following Cyber Attacks

Attacks perpetrated by unknown hackers forced Kansas officials to suspend administration of pilot exams meant to prepare schools for the transition to new academic standards.


Desperate Times for Schools in the City of Brotherly Love

High school students from Philadelphia won a national STEM competition, prompting reporter Benjamin Herold to reflect on the state of public education in his adopted hometown.


Ohio Program Teaches 'STEM' Through Drone Simulations

A course in modeling and simulation is attempting to teach tech skills by simulating the use of drones, an increasingly prevalent and controversial technology.


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