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CompassLearning Odyssey Enhanced To Support AL Standards

Compass Learning announced winter updates for CompassLearning Odyssey®, including enhancements specific to the needs of educators in the state of Alabama as they move to Alabama Career and College Ready Standards (AL CCRS). The latest version includes new Alabama Quality Counts end-of-course alignments for Algebra I and English II. Read More »

Curriculum Associates Releases Door 24

Curriculum Associates announces another addition to the i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction product line, with the release of the second in a new series of educational games for the iPad®. These apps target the skills that are most essential for achievement in Reading and Mathematics and motivate students to develop these skills through the power of game design. Read More »

TX Approves Discovery Education Science Techbook for Statewide Use

Following a rigorous evaluation, the Texas State Board of Education has approved the use of the Discovery Education Science Techbook series as a core instructional resource for elementary, middle, and high school science courses through its state adoption process. Read More »

Student Achievement Starts with the Self

Corwin has published an innovative resource designed to help teachers incorporate social emotional learning (SEL) techniques in the classroom through an emphasis on the self. Reach Before You Teach: Ignite Passion and Purpose in Your Classroom is co-authored by Paula Prentis and Chris Parrott (creators of the Your Self Series curriculum), with the help of Amy Smith, a 25-year education veteran. Read More »

NJ Approves ETS's HiSET for High School Equivalency

The New Jersey State Board of Education has approved new high school equivalency assessments — including Educational Testing Service's HiSET® program — that will be used throughout the state starting January 1, 2014. New Jersey is the 10th state that will begin using the HiSET program — which offers paper-based testing in addition to computer-based testing. Read More »

Evans Newton Incorporated Announces commoncoreNOW™

ENI’s easy-to-implement commoncoreNOW solution will help jump-start your district, school, administration, and faculty transition to CCSS instruction and assessment. Our curriculum experts have organized the CCSS into customizable units, complete with supporting resources. Each of these units gives the user a detailed view of its recommended instructional sequence and pacing and a list of resources aligned to the CCSS. Read More »

Spring (TX) ISD Partners with itslearning

As part of its initiative to provide students with more personalized and blended learning opportunities in and outside of the classroom, the Spring Independent School District (ISD) in Texas has partnered with itslearning (www.itslearning.net) to provide a digital learning platform. Educators in Spring ISD began looking at the solution as a way to expand their current blended learning offerings during the summer of 2013. Read More »

A Decade of Progress for Urban Districts in Mathematics and Reading

Ten years after The Nation's Report Card began measuring progress in America's urban school districts, the 2013 Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) shows that most districts that participated in the first reading or math assessments scored higher this year at both grades 4 and 8, and none of the participating districts scored lower than in the first testing year. The District of Columbia Public Schools was the only one of the 21 districts that participated this year to show gains in both mathematics and reading at both grades compared with 2011. In Los Angeles, scores improved in reading at both grades, and in mathematics at grade 4. Read More »

NAESP Releases Two Surveys of Principals on CCSS

The surveys, which reflect the views of 1,000 principals in 14 states that have adopted CCSS, reveal that principals overwhelmingly support the CCSS initiative and have a strong willingness to continue to engage deeply in instructional leadership activities as states move forward with the new standards. One of the surveys focuses specifically on urban schools. Read More »

Grand Prairie ISD Expands Fast Forword, Reading Assistant Programs

After successfully introducing the Fast ForWord® online reading intervention in 2011, Grand Prairie Independent School District (ISD) in Texas plans to expand its Fast ForWord implementation and add the Reading Assistant™ program to a total of 24 schools. Read More »