In Case You Missed It: The K-12 Articles You Should Read This Week

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In this installment of ICYMI, we look at K-12 software purchases, early elementary school, the difficulties of creating connected classrooms, the positive effect of STEM classes at a long-struggling HS, and the expansion of competency-based learning in one state. Here are the K-12 articles we think you’ll find interesting this week.

What K-12 Decision Makers Look for in Software

Christensen Institute Report

This month the Christensen Institute released a report on trends in software purchases by small- and medium-sized public K-12 schools. As part of the study, they interviewed administrators at 30 schools. Read the report. . .

Don’t Leave K-2 Students Behind

EdCentral Article

Laura Bornfreund, Deputy Director of New America’s Early Education Initiative, writes that the K-2 grades often get lost in the shuffle as ed reform efforts focus on pre-K and 3-12. She explains why K-12 decision makers and vendors should be thinking about the early elementary school years, too. Read the article. . .

When Fast Internet Isn’t Enough

Hechinger Report Article

The School District of Philadelphia used E-Rate subsidies to invest in high-speed internet for its schools. But without funds to purchase new devices and train staff, many of the 214 district schools are not yet benefiting from the broadband connection. Read the article. . .

School Spotlight: STEM Curriculum Helps Struggling HS

Seattle Times Article

100% of the student body at Toppenish High School in Yakima County, WA, qualifies as low income, but the four-year graduation rate now stands at 94%. The Seattle Times looks at the recent Toppenish focus on STEM classes and how they seem to be making a difference. Read the article. . .

NH Embraces Competency-Based Learning

MindShift Article

MindShift’s Katrina Schwartz looks at New Hampshire’s evolving competency-based K-12 education system and how it affects professional development, student testing, local K-12 decision making, and more. Read the article. . .

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