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Articles by Meris Stansbury

States given millions for new assessments
Originally from Ohio, Meris graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a B.A. in English Literature. After graduating, she became the Education Program Manager for The World & I, a monthly educational publication based in D.C., and joined the eSchool News team as Assistant Editor in July 2007. Now Associate Editor at eSN, Meris covers the current issues in ed-tech. Topics she's most interested in include school reform, global education, and emerging technologies and trends. When she's not busy covering education, she's in her kitchen…setting off the smoke alarm. You can reach her at mstansbury@eschoolnews.com, or find her @eSN_Meris on Twitter.

States given millions for new assessments

Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Sept. 2 announced the recipients of millions of dollars in federal grants to provide new state assessment systems to test students’ 21st-century skills. The announcement…

Are qualified teachers always effective teachers?

Amid a growing consensus that “highly qualified” doesn’t necessarily mean “highly effective,” a movement is under way to reshape how the nation views successful teaching.…

Web site sponsors gambling on grades at 36 colleges

Higher-education officials might have some concerns about a new web site, called Ultrinsic, that is taking wagers on grades from students at 36 colleges nationwide starting this month.…

Federal officials aim to prevent bullying

In day two of the Bullying Prevention Summit in Washington, D.C., federal officials and school leaders shifted their conversations from the scope of bullying to practical solutions. But officials were…

Duncan: School bullying now a top federal priority

Calling attention to one of education’s fastest growing problems, Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Aug. 11 spoke at the nation’s first “Bullying Prevention Summit” to incite a call to action,…

Coming soon to a preschool classroom near you: Robot teachers?

To help spur interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, many schools have begun to integrate robotics into the curriculum—but are younger students and their teachers ready for a new…

New copyright ruling affects educators

A new ruling from the U.S. Copyright Office will affect how higher education students and teachers can use digital material in the classroom, thanks to the proactive efforts of a…

CORE K12 RELEASES SEEDPLAY, a social utility designed to transform education for the iGeneration

Seedplay empowers the iGeneration with a high-tech platform linking learning to real world problems they can address with innovative projects that transform their school and community, while securely growing a…

Teacher innovation gets royal treatment

In what could be called a 21st-century teachers' fair, Microsoft chose a select group of educators to participate in the company’s annual Innovative Education Forum (IEF)—a showcase of the best…

Study questions digital-divide efforts

Two researchers at Duke University have published a draft study that raises questions about the academic value of giving students home computers and broadband internet access. Their study has led…