Around the world, educational bodies are responding to the needs of technology savvy students. The UK, in September 2014, adopted coding curriculum for all students beginning when they first enter school; mandatory for key stages 1 & 2, with plenty of upper level opportunities in key stages 3 & 4. Australia has replaced history and geography with coding with their new digital technologies curriculum.
High School graduation rates in the U.S. are on the rise for the third year in a row. Rates rose in 36 states with the biggest increase in Delaware where 87% of students graduated on time. Alabama and Oregon also saw substantial increases at 86.3 percent and 72 percent. More information is available at WashingtonPost.com.
Some interesting news came out regarding the future for high schools in the United States. President Obama announced more than $375 Million in public and private support for redesigning our high schools to encourage student success, increase graduation rates and greatly improve the quality of education in our high schools.
A campaign to promote the use of openly licensed educational materials was announced by the U.S. Department of Education last month. The move is meant to encourage school districts and states to use "freely accessible, openly-licensed materials." Unlike textbooks, such resources can be readily updated and/or adjusted by teachers to meet the needs of their students.