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Opinion: School Choice Helps North Carolina Students Achieve

1/21/2017 Diana Santos, The News & Observer As America marks National School Choice Week from Jan. 22-28, North Carolina can look to my son, Brenden Santos, as a shining example of why education options for students and families are so important. Brenden is a student at North Carolina Virtual Academy, an online public charter school […]

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Opinion: Why School Choice Matters to Idaho

1/22/2017 Kelly Edginton, Head of School Idaho Virtual Academy, Idaho Press-Tribune As America marks National School Choice Week, Idaho can look to the Klaeui family as a shining example of why education options for families are so important. Rebecca Klaeui is a mother of three teenage daughters, who since kindergarten, all attended Idaho Virtual Academy, a […]

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The Role of Career Technical Education in Bridging the Skills Gap

1/17/17 Written by Stuart Udell, CIO Review February is Career Technical Education (CTE) Month, created to raise awareness about and help bridge the skills gap currently experienced by businesses across the nation. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, more than half of U.S. employers report struggling with talent acquisition. This shortage is particularly […]

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Middlebury Interactive Language Program Shows Student Growth Towards English Proficiency

  Executive Summary The Middlebury Interactive Language Program (MIL) was launched in a pilot in the Hartford Public Schools (Connecticut) in 2013-2014 with a goal of building English language proficiency in an interactive project based learning experience.  The results have been positive from the pilot year through the next two years of program expansion.  In […]

How Education Could Become a Unifying Force After a Divisive Election

Written by Nate Davis Politics is a rough and tumble affair, and this past election will, undoubtedly, go down in history as one of the most divisive in modern American politics.  But at some point campaigns must end and the hard work of governing must begin. The critical question is: Can our nation’s leaders come […]

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NC Virtual School Goal: Every Child, Every Class, Every Day

On Monday, students from North Carolina Virtual Academy will do something never before attempted in the state: begin and end their first day of school by logging on to their computers at home. NC Virtual Academy is one of two newly approved online schools that will launch this year following a state law creating a […]

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Care.com: Types of Schools: What’s Best for Your Child?

Public or private isn’t the only question to consider anymore. Here’s a guide to the many types of schools to choose from. Education plays a vital role in your child’s development, so choosing the right school is one of the most important decisions you can make. The problem is, it’s no longer just a choice […]

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Data Privacy: What to Know and Policy Considerations

February 9, 2015  |  by Mary Gifford  |  K12 ThinkTank Blog  -- There is a growing need to provide parents with timely, relevant data to make informed choices regarding schooling options. Data is also needed by educators to personalize instruction. Data may be useful to organizations to drive improvements in overall instruction more quickly than [...]
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Measuring Individual Student Progress Toward Graduation – Not a Four Year Cohort Rate

February 26, 2015  |  by Mary Gifford  |  K12 ThinkTank Blog  -- The Impact of Under-Credited Students and Mobility in Fulltime Online Schools In 2010 federal regulations went into effect that require each state to implement a four-year cohort model as the means for calculating graduation rates. This regulation gives every student four years to [...]