Hana Maruyama -- Surveys by the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles and the United Teachers of Los Angeles reveal discrepancies in teacher and administrator reactions to the Los Angeles Unified School District's $1-billion iPad program, The L.A. Times reports. The program, which aims to provide all teachers and students in the district with iPads, has equipped 47 public and charter schools in the area with the tablets during Phase I.
Trying to implement a mobile device initiative while your district's teachers and staff are preparing for the Common Core online assessments can be like to trying to balance on two wild horses with a single set of reins. Fortunately, planning a mobile strategy in the context of the Common Core looks a lot like preparing for any major ed tech initiative.
It will be harder to get a GED high school equivalency certificate after the first of the year, so people who have begun their studies are rushing to complete testing before then, adult education officials say. "We have a stampede of people coming to us," said Linda Mann, chief examiner at the Union Adult Learning Center.
Number system knowledge is the ability to relate a quantity to the numerical symbol that represents it, and to manipulate quantities and make calculations. For example, the 3 dots shown can be represented by the numeral three and that 3 is made up of 2 and 1.
Catherine Gewertz -- The PARCC testing group approved a new policy Thursday that is intended to safeguard personally identifiable information about students that is collected as part of states' common-core assessment regimens. The action comes as debate continues to swirl about how student data will be used by PARCC and the other federally funded assessment consortium, Smarter Balanced.
A school district in Massachusetts has launched an accelerated algebra program at the middle-school level. Students taking part in the program learn pre-algebra skills in seventh grade and take a full year of algebra I in eighth grade. School officials say students are assessed on a regular basis to ensure the accelerated path is the best fit.