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October 18, 2014

Under Pressure, Okla. Hires Measured Progress to Oversee Winter Tests

Oklahoma officials scrambled to find a testing vendor for exams required for high school graduation, after another company, McGraw-Hill Education CTB, backed out.

October 16, 2014

Los Angeles School Board Rejects Releasing Apple Procurement Report

An inspector general's report on the Los Angeles Unified School District's controversial purchase of iPads will not be released to the public.

October 10, 2014

Testing Company DRC Protests Award of Contract in South Carolina

The Data Recognition Corporation is protesting a South Carolina award to the ACT company to conduct grade 3-11 tests, a contract potentially worth $58 million.

October 03, 2014

After McGraw-Hill/CTB Backs Out, Oklahoma Looks for Testing Vendor

A major testing company has said it won't perform winter tests for Oklahoma, after state officials delayed approval of a contract for the work.

September 30, 2014

Pearson Lands Common-Core Contract in Mississippi After Testing Standoff

The Mississippi department of education awarded an $8.3 million contract to Pearson, in a decision it said was compelled by a state board's failure to act.

August 26, 2014

L.A. Schools Chief Halts Apple, Pearson Tech Contract Amid Questions

John Deasy has ordered the rebidding of a massive technology contract awarded to Apple and Pearson, following questions of favoritism in the bidding process.

August 25, 2014

Calculating the Academic Return on 'Open' Educational Resources

David Wiley, a supporter for open-educational resources, argues that the "learning outcomes per dollar" from free and open resources tops that of the traditional materials produced by commercial publishers.

August 14, 2014

App Rates School Suppliers Based on Conservative Credentials

A Nashville-based nonprofit, 2nd Vote, has created a self-described "conservative shopper app" for parents that rates education companies according to their political leanings.

August 12, 2014

Sales of Chromebooks Rising Rapidly, Fueled by Education Sector

Sales of Chromebooks worldwide have risen by 79 percent from 2013, though they will remain a "niche market" for next few years, according to a new market analysis.

August 11, 2014

Ed. Publishers Marketing 'Non-Common Core' Materials to Parents

Companies are selling academic materials designed to appeal to parents and others demanding an alternative to the common-core standards.

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