Oklahoma, Florida Students Experience Online Testing Disruptions

Oklahoma educators and students experienced a bit of déjà vu this week, after widespread online testing problems happened that were similar to technical failures last year. Florida students also reported disruptions in online assessments.


inBloom to Shut Down Amid Growing Data-Privacy Concerns

Controversial student-data-management company inBloom announced it will "wind down" its operations after losing its last large partner, New York state.


Teachers at Pa. Cyber Charter Vote to Unionize

Teachers at the largest cyber charter school in Pa. have voted to unionize in effort to negotiate higher wages.


Louisville Suicide Highlights Role of Social Media in Schools' Crisis-Response Efforts

Districts are encouraged to incorporate strategies for responding to suicidal threats made on social media into their crisis-response plans.


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 Over 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.


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