November 2014 - Top Stories

Education Department releases NCLB waiver renewal guidelines

School districts can renew their No Child Left Behind waivers through the 2017-18 school year if they meet certain requirements, according to new guidelines from the U.S. Department of Education. Forty-three states and Washington, D.C., have waivers, many of which expire at the end of the year.

Free curriculum based on activist's memoir is under development

A free curriculum on human rights based on Nobel Peace Prize recipient and global women's education activist Malala Yousafzai's memoir is under development and aims to teach boys and girls about education. George Washington University, The Malala Fund and the publisher of the book "I Am Malala" soon will release an online college version and plan for the high-school version to launch next year.

Free online AP courses deput on edX Website

Rice University launched a free Advanced Placement Biology course that aims to bring college-level courses to high school students.

Google wastes no time refining Classroom, its app platform for education

Google has pushed out a set of enhancements for its Classroom app. Classroom is meant to be a tool that helps teachers with basic tasks, such as creating and organizing assignments, providing feedback and communicating with students.

Ebooks Take Hold in Schools

E-book usage is slowly growing among school libraries, with elementary schools showing the largest usage rates of one book for every three students, according to a report from the School Library Journal. Findings from the survey of 835 school libraries indicate that limited access to e-readers was the top reason schools are slow to adopt e-books, and iPads were the top devices used for reading.