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Strauss: Are these the best and worst states for teachers?

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:21pm

The WalletHub Web site looked at data to determine the states that they call the “teacher friendliest states in the country.”

The data used to come up with the rankings include (see entire methodology below) average starting salaries, median annual salaries, number of teacher per capita, unemployment rates and much more. It also included data from other WalletHub rankings, including one purportedly ranking the “best and worst school systems” based in part on standardized test scores (which really tell us far less than commonly believed) and other data points that are open to interpretation, such as instances of bullying (which are handled differently in different schools).

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Special education, ESL students in D.C. among least likely to graduate

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:19pm

A report released Friday looks at the drop-out crisis in the District and identifies early risk factors that can derail students from graduating. Currently, as many as 40 percent of students in the District do not graduate in four years, one of the lowest graduation rates in the country.

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Tech Advances Fuel LMS Identity Crisis

Education Week - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:27am
Big questions are facing school district leaders across the country about how a learning management system should best fit into the larger ed-tech ecosystem.
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Tearing Down the Walls Between Software Silos

Education Week - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:27am
Technical hurdles, turf battles among vendors, and the glacial pace of technology adoption are preventing LMS software from becoming the hub of a fully integrated ed-tech ecosystem.
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Pressure on LMS Companies to Provide Quality PD

Education Week - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:27am
Educators must grasp how learning management systems can help students, yet also acquire the skills to juggle myriad academic and managerial duties.
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Making the Big LMS Buying Decision

Education Week - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:27am
School districts are evaluating various learning management systems more than ever before, but many underestimate the time and resources it will take to choose the right one.
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Ed-Tech Leaders Outline Their LMS Needs

Education Week - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:27am
Five school district technology leaders talk about the lessons they have learned about how to choose and use learning management systems in smart ways.
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Picking the Best LMS Delivery Model Is Tricky

Education Week - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:27am
Choosing the technology for LMS delivery involves carefully weighing the pros and cons of several different options, and figuring out which one fits a district’s unique needs.
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Key Georgia Electoral Contests Put K-12 Front and Center

Education Week - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 8:32am
Accountability, governance, common standards, and funding are among the top issues in the tight races for governor and state schools superintendent in Georgia.
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Want proof college is worth it? Look at this list of the highest-paying majors

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 8:15am

Is a four-year college degree worth it? Generally yes, but the results vary quite a bit across majors — and can even vary widely within majors.

That’s the takeaway from new research by Brad Hershbein and Melissa Kearney at The Hamilton Project. The authors analyzed Census Bureau data to find out which college majors earned the most and the least. Topping the list are the engineering fields, to no one’s surprise. Some of the least-earning majors are related to education, theater and art. Over a lifetime, the median expected earnings for a drama or theater arts major is lower than that of someone with a two-year associate’s degree.

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