OPINION: Race to the Top laws are still on the books, but state commitments remain uneven

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It was 2009, and Tennessee Gov. In exchange for a significant investment of federal funding, states like Tennessee would volunteer to enact new policies to raise standards, increase accountability, build new data systems and lift caps on the number of public charter schools.

Instructure Acquires MasteryConnect for $42.5 Million to Expand K-12 Footprint

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Founded in 2009, MasteryConnect offers a platform where teachers can plan lessons, create and deliver assessments, and track how students perform against academic standards. Instructure , the publicly traded company best known for its learning management systems (LMS) Canvas and Bridge, has agreed to acquire a fellow Salt Lake City-based education technology company, MasteryConnect , for $42.5 million. Of that figure, about $12.3

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Trouble With the Curve: Estimating the Size and Growth Rates of K-12 Markets

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For example, specific policies regarding academic standards, testing requirements, and charter school authorization caps can give rise to specific types of products. The teacher evaluation market has grown dramatically over the last few years, driven by the 2009 implementation of. Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, etc.). Standard policy adoption and diffusion frameworks can help make this process simple and repeatable.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

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These tools help us identify and then address -- through intervention or enrichment -- individual students' needs around each of the major academic standards. A recent study within a number of school districts, including the Middletown City School District, showed significantly greater academic growth in blended learning versus traditional classes. Venture funding in the edtech sector has increased from $385 million in 2009 to an expected $2 billion this year.

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National test scores reveal a decade of educational stagnation

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states adopted new, more demanding academic standards in the 2010s, and there have been widespread reports about the difficulties in changing instruction in the classroom. More than 40 states embraced the “Common Core” while additional states adopted similar standards.).

What happens when a regular high school decides no student is a lost cause?

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The goal is to offer an alternative for kids who struggle in standard classrooms. A 2009 study by the Washington Family Policy Council found that counties using such methods in their schools and social services saved $1.4 The academic standards were low, the structure lacking.

MasteryConnect Cuts 30 Percent of Staff, Brings Co-Founder Mick Hewitt Back as CEO

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Back in the driver’s seat is Mick Hewitt, who co-founded the company in 2009 and served as its first CEO. MasteryConnect aims to help teachers plan lessons and track how students perform against academic standards. Big capital helps startups grow quickly. But when funding dries up and profits remain elusive, companies have to make tough cuts.

Dramatic DeVos nomination begs question: Can she be an effective Ed Secretary?

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan, briefs President Barack Obama for an interview in the Oval Office July 22, 2009. Peter Cunningham, former press secretary to U.S. Photo: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

Desegregation is unraveling in this Texas town

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It has made progress to topple the barriers still holding black and Hispanic students back from the same academic success as white students. They are roughly half of the students enrolled at Longview’s specialized elementary school, which has higher academic standards.

Is teacher preparation failing students with disabilities?

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A 2009 study concluded that no one explicitly shows teachers how to teach to “different needs.” Academic outcomes for students with disabilities have remained stagnant for years, even as more students with special needs are integrated into general education classrooms.

Can ‘Sober High’ schools keep teenagers off drugs?

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In Brockton – a once-prosperous town called “shoe city” until the last of its footwear factories closed in 2009 – drugs are plentiful. Drug use, suspensions and expulsions have put many students here far behind academically. Matt Langley on a break from class.