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14 D.C. classrooms investigated for test irregularities - USATODAY.com

14 D.C. classrooms investigated for test irregularities - USATODAY.com

14 D.C. classrooms investigated for test irregularities

By Marisol Bello, USA TODAY

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Washington, D.C., school officials are investigating 14 classrooms for irregularities on standardized tests this year, part of heightened scrutiny after controversy over possible cheating.

  • A probe of testing found a security violation at Noyes Education Campus.

    By Jack Gruber, USA TODAY

    A probe of testing found a security violation at Noyes Education Campus.

By Jack Gruber, USA TODAY

A probe of testing found a security violation at Noyes Education Campus.

The incidents range from suspicions that teachers helped students with their answers to an instance of a student finishing the test in 20 minutes because he recognized it from another class.

School officials also tossed out the 2010 test scores in three classrooms after an investigation found a security violation in one classroom at Noyes Education Campus and irregularities in a classroom at two other public elementary schools.

The move follows a USA TODAY report that found 103 schools — more than half of D.C.'s public schools — with unusually high rates of wrong answers erased and

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K12 Inc. buys Inc.'s high school online program

Kaplan has been the Washington Post's main profit center. But in the past year, the company has been riddled with student loan scandals and mismangement. Kaplan remains one of the biggest testing companies and has a distance-learning component which makes it compatable with the Republican connected K12 Inc. Kaplan Virtual Education, which provides online education for grades six through 12, bought Insight Schools Inc. from Apollo Group Inc. (APOL) in February. It is now selling that brand, as well as the schools branded under Kaplan Virtual Education, to K12.
"While our experience in online learning made the Insight Schools an attractive acquisition with long-term potential, we determined that the timing was not right for us to devote intensive energy and resources to this initiative right now," a Kaplan spokesman said in an emailed statement. "Exiting this business will enable us to focus on our core businesses of higher education and test preparation." -- WSJ
K12 has been expanding rapidly, using it's political connections to win lucrative contracts, as online schooling

Families vs. Schools: The High-Stakes Battle over Special Ed Services - The Bay Citizen

Families vs. Schools: The High-Stakes Battle over Special Ed Services - The Bay Citizen

Families vs. Schools: The High-Stakes Battle over Special Ed Services

Parents take legal action against San Francisco school district over federally mandated support

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By TREY BUNDY on May 19, 2011 - 5:59 p.m. PDT
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Russell Huerta, with his son Sebastian, 3, who has autism. Huerta and his wife took legal action against the San Francisco district over Sebastian’s education.
In October, after months of anxiety, Caroline Barwick and her husband, Russell Huerta, celebrated the arrival of their son Sebastian’s third birthday.
It was the day the San Francisco Unified School District became legally responsible for addressing Sebastian’s severe autism.
Barwick and Huerta met with school clinicians to discuss their son’s education and treatment. But the meeting did not go as they had hoped — the district offered Sebastian fewer than half of the therapeutic services recommended by three private doctors and did not offer a choice of schools.
“You’re reeling from what’s already been a tragic diagnosis,” Barwick said, “then it’s almost like you’re slapped across the face.”
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The couple took legal action against the district. Last week, an administrative law judge criticized the district for its handling of the case and ordered it to reimburse

El Departamento de Educación tiene una línea de ayuda - Univision Vida y Familia

El Departamento de Educación tiene una línea de ayuda - Univision Vida y Familia

El Departamento de Educación tiene una línea de ayuda

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El Departamento de Educación de Estados Unidos ha puesto a disposición del público hispano una línea de ayuda:800-USA-LEARN o el 800-872-5327. La línea de ayuda está disponible para padres y estudiantes de lunes a viernes de 9:00AM a 5:00PM/ET.
Si desea contestación a sus preguntas más rápidamente puede consultar el buzón de preguntas y respuestas a:http://respuestas.ed.gov/

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