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Sal Khan: Test-Optional College Admissions Adds Ambiguity and is Bad for Students

With the final SAT School Day of the 2021-2022 school year taking place today at high schools across the country, THE Journal asked Sal Khan whether SAT exams will remain relevant now that some colleges and universities have made them optional, whether testing makes college admissions more or less equitable, and what additional changes he predicts — and hopes to see — that will make college education even more accessible for young Americans.

What Educators Need to Know About Assistive Tech Tools: Q&A with Texthelp CEO

Texthelp CEO Martin McKay dives into the growing need for assistive technology, explaining what such features schools should look for when choosing learning platforms, and how accessibility tech tools help all learners — not just the one student in five with a language-based disability.

Instructure's Acquisition of Concentric Sky Bringing Some Changes to Canvas LMS Users

Instructure has announced the acquisition of Concentric Sky, maker of the Badgr digital credentialing platform.

NWEA: Certain Groups Lose More Ground When School is Out, Illustrating Importance of Summer Programs

An NWEA study of current research examining K–8 student progress during a typical school year and over the summer reveals that historically underserved groups suffer most when school is out for summer break, emphasizing the importance of summer learning programs in overcoming inequitable achievement gaps, the nonprofit said in a news release.

A Road Map to Helping Young Students with Dyslexia Succeed

At least 40 states have passed legislation mandating how teachers deal with dyslexia in the classroom, yet misconceptions about dyslexia linger even among educators. NWEA research scientist Tiffany Peltier offers a road map for educators to help students with word-level reading difficulties in the early grades, as well as how to help students identified with dyslexia as they progress through school.

DreamBox Learning to Launch Analytics Dashboard Showing How Students Progress Through Challenges

K–8 math and reading provider DreamBox Learning today unveiled a new educator data-analytics feature called Lesson Highlights to teachers deep insights into how their students are thinking as they complete math challenges — and where students’ problem-solving processes and critical-thinking skills may reveal a need for extra attention in the classroom, according to a news release.

Renaissance Acquires KeyPhonics Early Literacy Assessment Platform

PreK–12 provider of assessments, reading, and math instruction Renaissance announced this week it has acquired KeyPhonics, expanding Renaissance’s early literacy assessment capabilities using data linked to phonics-based reading instruction, according to a news release.

LearnPlatform Launches Certification for Ed Tech Providers Meeting ESSA Evidence and Student Data, Privacy Standards

LearnPlatform has launched a new certification option called IMPACT-Ready for K–12 ed tech providers that have proven their solution or product meets the learning-impact requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act and that they are committed to protecting student data and are willing to efficiently share student data with districts.

Istation Launches New Educator Dashboard Simplifying Student Data with Actionable Insights

Blended learning provider Istation has launched a new educator hub with improved data reporting and advanced customization of student data to help educators better understand student performance and more quickly pivot classroom time to address student needs, the company said in a news release.

Latest Renaissance Study Shows Student Learning Loss Slowing in Fall 2021

Renaissance, a global provider of preK–12 assessment, literacy, and math solutions, has released the 2022 edition of its How Kids Are Performing report, showing that COVID-19 learning losses continued in Fall 2021 but appears to be slowing down, according to a news release.

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