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LITERACY

Takeaways from the 2018 'What's Hot in Literacy' report
More than 2,000 educators from 91 countries and territories responded to the most recent survey
from the International Literacy Association, targeting the most important issues in literacy.
Findings from the report (tiny.cc/literacyreport) include:

87%
56

rank early literacy as the
most important topic

% label it as "extremely
important"

86%

consider equity in
literacy an important
topic, including issues such as:
* access to books
and content

Hottest topics now:
* Teacher prep
* Professional development PD
Both lag far behind in terms of
importance of being addressed by
educators

Two thirds of respondents who say
digital literacy is important-
21st-century literacy skills, they say,
need more attention, including:
* critical literacy
(focusing on critical thinking)

* disciplinary literacy

* diversity
* mother tongue literacy

(where literacy figures into
understanding other classroom
subjects)

INDUSTRY NEWS
More than 6,000 districts and charter
schools have adopted SchoolMint's
software platform since 2013 to
streamline enrollment. Lake County
Schools (Florida) recently began
using the software to comply with a
new open enrollment law that allows
students to apply to any public school
in the state.
Thirty-nine schools in Modesto
City Schools (California) use Wave
Broadband's dark fiber network to
connect to Modesto's data center
hub. The customizable, private
network allows schools to receive
secure connections at speeds up to
100 gigabits per second.

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Raytown Quality Schools (Missouri)
has chosen itslearning as its new
LMS to support student data privacy.

Academic Standards for grades 3
through 8 in ELA and math, and for
grades 5 and 8 in science.

Aurora Public Schools (Colorado) and
charter system Rocky Mountain Prep
have initiated a charter conversion
process at Fletcher Community
School. Fletcher and Rocky Mountain
Prep began sharing a campus in the
2016-17 school year.

Schools and districts in nearly 30
states use the Edthena platform to
video-coach educators. Lyon County
School District (Nevada) began video
coaching its 200 elementary school
teachers in the 2017-18 school year.

The Oklahoma State Department
of Education awarded Measured
Progress a potential six-year contract
for its Oklahoma School Testing
Program. The contract covers yearly
assessments based on Oklahoma

The Virginia Department of Education
has awarded Istation a contract to
offer local school districts Indicators
of Progress assessments through
November 2019. The assessments
are available in reading and math for
students in pre-K through grade 8.

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