ACT and Festo Didactic Deals Highlight Competitive Nature of Ed-Tech Industry

A recent acquisition by ACT and a merger of two global companies reinforce just how competitive the ed-tech market has become.


Library Official Talks Consequences of 'Over-Filtering' the Web, in EdWeek Q-and-A

A new report says Internet filtering in school libraries is blocking access to important educational content and undermining students from low-income households.


OpenEd Raises $2M to Build More Free Education Apps

OpenEd, a free catalog of more than a million Web-based resources for the common core, raised $2 million in its first round of venture-capital funding.


Blackboard Acquires Perceptis, IT Help-Desk Provider

Blackboard, a well-known leader in learning management systems, recently acquired IT help desk provider Perceptis, the company's second acquisition of 2014.


West Virginia, Microsoft Partner on IT Certification Program

West Virginia will become the 12th state to implement a statewide "IT Academy" certification program through Microsoft.


U.S. Gets Low Scores for Innovation in Education

The U.S. ranked near the bottom in an exhaustive international comparison of educational innovation, but received high grades for use of assessments and parent engagement.


Ed-Tech Accelerators Launch Second Round of 'Classes' for Startups

A pair of ed-tech accelerators each choose 10 companies from a pool of more than 700 startup applicants.


Regent Education Raises $9M to Fund Expansion Plan

Regent Education, a provider of financial aid and enrollment management for colleges, received $9 million in funding to accelerate its growth initiative.


Game-Based Learning, Dashboards Get Business Funding from Feds

The U.S. Education Department's research agency will help 15 new education entrepreneurs conduct research and development for interventions in science, language arts and other areas.


After Loss, Vendor Makes Offer to Resolve Dispute Over Common-Core Contract

The American Institutes for Research has reached out to PARCC to try to resolve a dispute over a lucrative, and controversial, common-core testing contract awarded to Pearson.


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