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March 23, 2015

K-12 District Officials Doubt Readiness for Online Tests, Survey Finds

Fewer than 30 percent of K-12 school technology officials believe their districts are ready for online testing, according to the Consortium for School Networking.

March 23, 2015

Defend, but Closely Scrutinize, Test Policies, Fed Official Urges State and Local Leaders

Deborah S. Delisle, a top official at the U.S. Department of Education, said amid a growing anti-testing backlash, state and local officials need to evaluate how their assessments are used.

March 16, 2015

Pearson, PARCC Criticized for Monitoring Social Media for Test Security

An alleged effort by New Jersey officials to monitor whether students were sharing information about common-core exams through social media has stirred controversy.

February 20, 2015

Listen Current Raises $950K to Bring Public Radio into the Classroom

Listen Current, a curator of public radio stories geared towards science, social studies, and English/language arts classrooms, raised $950,000 in seed funding.

February 04, 2015

It's a $1.7 Billion Testing Market (But It's a $600 Billion Ed. System)

Despite the claims of critics of testing, states' spending on assessment is a small fraction of overall K-12 budgets, a researcher concludes.

January 30, 2015

U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable, Lobby to Retain Annual Tests

Two national business organizations want annual tests kept in the rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act.

January 27, 2015

Former National Geographic Society President Eyes Ed-Tech Market

Tim Kelly, who is credited with leading the society's transition into digital media, is helping to launch a game-based learning platform, according to an SEC filing.

January 26, 2015

K-12 Dealmaking: Citelighter Raises $2M to Simplify the Writing Process

Citelighter, an ed-tech startup with an online platform designed to break the writing process down into simple steps, raised $2 million in Seed-2 financing.

January 20, 2015

School Budgets for K-12 Instructional Materials, Tech on the Rise, Survey Says

Budgets for educational technology hardware and software are on the rise in many school districts across the country, thanks, in large part, to an improving economy.

January 16, 2015

Miss. State Board Votes to Abandon PARCC, Release New RFP for Testing

Mississippi's state board of education says it will put forward a request for proposal for new statewide assessments for next year, after major objections emerged over a PARCC-designed exam.

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