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7/16/2018

The Utah State Board of Education will count students that opt out of tests as having taken but failed the tests to meet a federal mandate of 95% participation, after failing to secure a federal waiver from the requirement. Schools where many students opt out of tests now may see a drop in their overall performance rating.

7/13/2018

The web and phone-based tool, Quizlet, has helped middle-school teacher Michael Snead boost test scores, tailor learning for students with special needs and keep students engaged. In this commentary, Snead shares five ways to use the tool -- both in and out of the classroom.

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7/13/2018

First-year principals often are enthusiastic about their jobs, says Tanya Dockery, principal of Timber Ridge Elementary School in Killeen, Texas, but there are many unforeseen challenges that can occur. Speaking at the recent National Principals Conference in Chicago, Dockery and other administrators discussed some common issues, including scheduling, maintenance and managing teachers.

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7/13/2018

Schools that see high outcomes from technology use are those that invest in tools that encourage student agency and foster a collaborative environment, according to a report from Smart Technologies. These same schools also prioritize spending for professional-development technologies, the report found.

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7/13/2018

A Massachusetts school district is offering a three-week camp paid for by a $90,000 grant from the National Security Agency to teach students in third through fifth grades the Portuguese language and Brazilian culture. The camp complements the district's world languages program, which begins teaching Portuguese to students in fifth grade.

7/13/2018

West Virginia University will use funding from the National Science Foundation to design an initiative to help curb a growing math teacher shortage. Details of the Mountaineer Mathematics Master Teachers program are still in development and will be presented to administrators.

7/13/2018

A list of courses that must be offered to high-school students has been approved by the Arkansas Board of Education and includes such courses as algebra, chemistry and foreign languages. Courses that the board left as optional include statistics, calculus, band and theater.

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7/12/2018

Experts this week told the federal school-safety commission that students, especially those in rural areas and those who are part of vulnerable populations, do not have enough access to mental health services. Sheryl Kataoka, a professor-in-residence at the University of California at Los Angeles, urged the panel to expand mental health services and teacher training in social and emotional learning.

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7/12/2018

As competition for workers increases, a survey shows that 66% of organizations say they're open to hiring candidates with a recognized certification or a certificate instead of a bachelor's degree. Other research reveals a degree gap in some occupations, including supervisors and secretaries, where degrees are asked for, but few candidates qualify.

7/12/2018

The Department of Education would receive about $71 billion in fiscal 2019 -- a $100 million increase from fiscal 2018 -- under a federal spending bill approved Wednesday by the US House appropriations committee. Several programs, including Title IV, would get increased funding under the proposal, which also restores the funds for school safety that were eliminated in an earlier version.