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PowerSchool announces definitive agreement to acquire Schoology

​Below is the text sent via email today from PowerSchool CEO, Hardeep Gulati:I'm excited to announce that on October 24, 2019, PowerSchool signed a definitive agreement to acquire Schoology, a leading K-12 learning management system (LMS). PowerSchool currently supports 45 million students with its full suite of K-12 technology solutions, including industry-leading student information systems, assessment and analytics, special education, finance, HR, and talent management tools. Schoology supports more than 20 million users through its learning management and embedded formative assessment platform. Adding Schoology's best-in-class LMS to PowerSchool's award-winning Unified Classroom™ wi...
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Launch of Mobile App for CA Content Standards

California Department of EducationNews ReleaseRelease: #19-42June 4, 2019Contact: Scott RoarkE-mail: : 916-319-0818SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond has announced the release of the California Department of Education’s (CDE) first-ever mobile app for the California Content Standards, a powerful tool that provides quick, targeted access to standards related to the arts, computer science, health education, history–social science, and mathematics. Content standards are utilized by educators to design the knowledge, concepts, and skills that students should acquire for subject areas at each grade level. The California Standards app, designed entirely by CDE staff, can search, filter, and sort content standards to isolate specific content, identify standards that are common across disciplines, and inform decisions around instruction and assessment.“This app is an incredible tool for our educators and parents, empowering them with access, knowledge, and understanding of these content standards, which are an essential element to the academic success of each and every one of our students in California,” said Thurmond.The launch of the California Standards app is phase 1 of a multiphase plan put in place by CDE. This phase includes 5 of 12 California content standards. In subsequent phases, additional content standards will be included, as well as additional features that will enhance the usefulness of the application to California educators.The California Standards mobile app can be found on the iOS App store, the Android Play store, and the Microsoft store by searching the term “CA Standards.” More information about the app and links to the app stores are on the CDE California Standards Mobile Application website.More information aboutCalifornia Content Standardscan be found on the CDE website.# # # #Tony Thurmond — State Superintendent of Public InstructionCommunications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100Last Reviewed: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
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Instructure acquires MasteryConnect


SALT LAKE CITY — April 17, 2019 — Instructure, Inc. (NYSE: INST) today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire MasteryConnect, a longtime partner and innovator in the design and delivery of formative and interim assessment that supports personalized and mastery-based learning. Through this acquisition, Instructure will accelerate the shift occurring at the state level as they replace high-stakes, end-of-year testing with innovative assessment models. This new approach uses formative data to provide actionable insights for teachers and students. "Today's educators are trying to move away from archaic, end-of-year testing and looking for more intuitive evaluation models," said Dan Gold...
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Renaissance Product Updates!


What's new? Here's a peek at just a few of the updates available to you now Access rich content for practice and instruction Assign instructional resources (Renaissance & open educational resources) using the Star Record Book.Enjoy a seamless connection between assessment results, practice, and instruction.Manage lesson plans with the ability to view and delete existing lesson plans. View updated and enhanced reportsView State Standards Mastery reports which show your state standards in reading and math.Know which students are beginning, developing, or secure in each standard.Track progress of grade-level standards mastery for district administrators.See Test Activity reports with separa...
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SchoolCity Assessment achieves IMS Certification

By becoming IMS Global certified, Illuminate continues to demonstrate a sincere commitment to interoperability standards," said Jason Naile, director of instructional technology and media at Forsyth County Schools in Georgia. To fulfill its promise to provide collaborative solutions to educators, Illuminate Education, the leading K-12 Education Intelligence Platform (EIP), announces that its suite of SchoolCity personalized learning solutions is IMS Global Standards certified. Through this certification, Illuminate Education is meeting its pledge to open standards in light of the critical needs of schools and districts to standardize the usability of digital teaching and learning tools acros...
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Aeries Software adopts Ed-Fi Standard

Aeries Software, the leading provider of student data management systems in California with over 530 public school districts utilizing the Aeries® Student Information System (SIS), today announced at its annual fall User's Conference that it has committed to delivering interoperability to its customers by adopting the Ed-Fi Data Standard, which is a way for multiple sources of data to seamlessly and securely connect. Aeries Software is currently pursuing Ed-Fi Certification, which will ensure the technology platforms are mapped correctly and will work as intended. Aeries Software will be offering this additional functionality to its school districts at no cost."By adopting the Ed-Fi Data Sta...
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Edmodo updates student data privacy policy.

Edmodo updated their privacy policy.  A lot of other K-12 software companies are adopting the general policies required by the European Union's General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).  How does this impact US schools, if at all?Below is the text sent via email today from Edmodo:Hi there, Our goal is to make sure that you love using Edmodo. Part of that is giving you the best possible experience as you use our service today, tomorrow, and in the future. We believe it's critical to protect your privacy as part of that experience. We also want to be as transparent as possible about the personal data that we collect and use to provide this service to you. That's why we're reaching ...
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Five-Way Merger Creates New Illuminate Education


lluminate Education, IO Education, SchoolCity, Alpine Achievement, and Key Data Systems merge to create the largest provider of data platforms, data, analytics, formative assessments, and a "whole view of the student."   Irvine, Lake Elsinore, and Santa Clara, CA., Atlanta, GA., and Centennial, CO. (July 03, 2018) – Illuminate Education, the company transforming K-12 instruction through education intelligence solutions, has merged with IO Education, SchoolCity, Alpine Achievement, and Key Data Systems (KDS). The new company, called Illuminate Education, will be led by Christine Willig, a 25-year K-12 industry veteran. Insight Venture Partners, a New York-based venture capital and p...
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Finally! A way to transfer assignments/grades in PowerSchool!

Assignment and Grade Transfer Plug-in Moving assignment and grade information for students moving from one section of a course to another is manual process and a major pain in PowerSchool. Computer Logic Group has developed a simple plug-in that turns this laborious job into a smooth, efficient transaction for teachers inside of PowerTeacher Pro. This may well be the number one enhancement request from PowerSchool users, so spend 10 minutes walking through how this plug-in will save your team time and frustration while making you a hero to all!Click on the date you would like to join us to register!Wed May 30th 2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Thurs May 31st 10:00 am - 10:20 am
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Microsoft and PowerSchool Partner

REDMOND, WASH., and FOLSOM, CA. – January 18, 2018 – Microsoft Corp. and PowerSchool, a leading provider of K-12 education technology solutions reaching over 30 million students in North America, today announced a new partnership that will bring together PowerSchool's innovative K-12 technologies with Microsoft's O365 for Education productivity suite, Windows devices, and cloud infrastructure to help ensure all students reach their full potential. Aligned around a shared vision that technology in education can help improve a child's future opportunities, the companies have committed to leveraging their best-in-class solutions to help educators, students and parents achieve their common goal ...
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A WAN, a LAN, a MAN, a CAN, Panama?

We can classify a computer network into different types depending on its size and the geographical area it covers. The most common types of computer networks are LAN, MAN, WAN, PAN, etc. What is a Local Area Network (LAN)? LAN is a form of a computer network most known to the general public. It has a limited reach, roughly a bunch of closely situated houses or building. And that's because we typically use the Ethernet technology (IEEE 802.3) to power our local area networks. The ethernet cables we lay across our houses and offices have their practical limitations. Beyond a certain length, the speed gets degraded. The reach of a LAN can be enhanced using repeaters, bridges, etc.Home Area Netw...
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BrightBytes Acquires Trusted IPaaS Provider Authentica Solutions

 BrightBytes adds Authentica to brand portfolio, providing educators with end-to-end data management to improve the way the world learnsSAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — June 29, 2017 — BrightBytes,® a learning analytics organization currently impacting one in five schools in the United States, today announced the acquisition of Authentica Solutions, developer of DataSense, an education data Integration Platform as a Service (IPaaS). Authentica, a 2017 Microsoft Education Partner of the Year Finalist, currently partners with top enterprise solutions in edtech to help educators at every organizational level meet data management requirements. It is this deep experience in data integration within th...
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Measured Progress & Illuminate Education partner up!

DOVER, N.H. (PRWEB) MAY 22, 2017Measured Progress, Inc. is pleased to announce a partnership with Illuminate Education to add high-quality assessment content from Measured Progress to the Illuminate Education Intelligence platform. As a result of this partnership, Measured Progress will make formative assessment items and pre-built quizzes in reading, mathematics, and science from the Measured Progress Formative Content Bank and STEM Gauge® available for use by mutual customers of Measured Progress and Illuminate Education. "This is an ideal partnership," says Rich Swartz, Senior Vice-President of Strategy, Products, and Portfolio for Measured Progress. "Our two companies, which have been wo...
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Studying for the SAT for 20 hours on Khan Academy associated with 115-point average score increase

Khan Academy announced recently that studying for the SAT for 20 hours on their free Official SAT Practice is associated with an average score gain of 115 points. That's nearly double the average score gain compared to students who don't use their free test prep.Official SAT Practice is free for everyone and personalized for each student. Start getting ready for the SAT today! A 115-point score gain can make a real difference when applying to college. 

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Edmodo Security Breach Reported

From an email annoucement earlier today:Safeguarding the trust and security of our users is of the utmost importance to Edmodo. We are reaching out to you because Edmodo recently learned about a security incident potentially affecting the accounts of Edmodo users. We promptly retained leading information security experts to investigate this incident and reported the incident to law enforcement. Our investigation has now confirmed that user names, email addresses, and hashed passwords were acquired by an unauthorized third party. The passwords were "hashed" (or encrypted) using the strong and robust bcrypt algorithm, and they were also "salted," which adds an additional layer of security...
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THREE REASONS YOU NEED A BUS VIDEO SURVEILLANCE POLICY

Video surveillance systems are a great tool for ensuring student and driver safety on school buses.But having cameras installed on your buses without a well-defined video surveillance policy is a recipe for disaster, leaving your school district open to potential lawsuits or privacy complaints.Here are three reasons why you need to publish a video surveillance policy today:# 1 – The policy ensures the balance between security and an individual's right to privacy.Putting this document in place is one of the best ways to protect the reputation of the transportation department in cases of complaints from parents or drivers concerned about privacy.# 2 – The policy helps to assign responsibility ...
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Seon and US Computing Launch All-in-one Solution for School Transportation - vMax Compass

vMax Compass is a web-based solution that enables school transporters to plan and analyze routes, and then view students and vehicles, and access video surveillance health status in a single application.June 20, 2013, Coquitlam, BC - Seon Design Inc. and US Computing Inc. are pleased to announce the launch of a revolutionary new all-in-one solution for school transportation. This 100% web-based application, vMax Compass, gives school transportation staff browser-based access to plan & analyze routes,track vehicles & students,and view live status of on-board video equipment all in real-time."We are very pleased to partner with U.S. Computing to deliver something truly innovative for s...
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2.8 Million New Learners Register with Parchment Services in 2016

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (Friday, February 10, 2017) – Parchment, a leading digital credentials management service, today announced its 2016 fourth quarter and year-end activity report. Parchment's focus in 2016 was increasing the scope of its active institutional member network by more than 1,100 schools, and scaling learner registrations across the network by 21 percent. The importance of network reach was outlined in the company's vision statement for the market, which advances three goals that are central to turning credentials into opportunities: make all credentials digital and machine-readable, innovate the form and function of credentials, and make credentials truly portable, allowing the lear...
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Harris School Solutions now offering Edsby platform

Harris School Solutions has partnered with Edsby to offer the social learning and analytics system to K-12, charter school, and continuing education clients Bethel Park, PA and Richmond Hill, Canada (April 18, 2017) - Harris School Solutions (HSS), the premier provider of technology solutions for K-12 districts, charter schools, and continuing education programs across North America, announced today that it has partnered with Edsby® and will offer the innovative learning and analytics platform as an integrated part of the HSS suite of Student Information Solutions (SIS) products.The agreement makes HSS an authorized reseller of the state-of-the-art Edsby system in the United States through a...
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Need for data automation growing in K-12 education

KALAMAZOO, MICH. (March 2017) --- Level Data, a managed solutions company providing data integration solutions for school districts, has announced its Student SyncTM solution now serves more than 170 school districts throughout the nation, a 49 percent increase in a little more than a year. "It is an ideal fit for school districts looking to save time and money managing student accounts," shared Matt Betts, president of Level Data. "Student SyncTM automates the creation, deletion, and movement of student accounts, account properties, and home folders within a school's Active Directory, freeing Technology Directors and support staff to focus on their other responsibilities.". Level ...
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