Texas Unveils Special Education Fix After Denying Services

U.S. News

The U.S. Department of Education previously concluded that Texas school districts, for more than a decade beginning in 2004, illegally capped the number of special education students at 8.5 percent of total enrollment.

Betsy DeVos' Department of Education misspells W.E.B. Du Bois' name, then misspells its apology


"Education must not simply teach work -- it must teach life." Du Bois were echoed by the U.S. Department of Education's Twitter account, but ironically, with a spelling error. The account attributed the words to W.E.B. "DeBois." Of course, people on Twitter noticed right away and were not afraid to bring out the red pens and correct the "alternative spelling." Later, the account apologized for the error -- but, sadly, it botched that too.

Towards a Computational Model of Why Some Students Learn Faster than Others

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Learners that have better metacognition acquire knowledge faster than others who do not. If we had better models of such learning, we would be able to build a better metacognitive educational system. In this paper, we propose a computational model that uses a probabilistic context free grammar induction algorithm yielding metacognitive learning by acquiring deep features to assist future learning. We discuss the challenges of integrating this model into a synthetic student, and possible future studies in using this model to better understand human learning. Preliminary results suggest that both stronger prior knowledge and a better learning strategy can speed up the learning process. Some model variations generate human-like error pattern.

Amazon rolls out Inspire, a free online education service for teachers


Amazon capped off its slow march into the education technology market on Monday with the official announcement for Inspire, an online portal where teachers and other educators can share resources for digital learning. Inspire includes features such as search, discovery and peer reviews on thousands of education materials. It's aim is to provide educators access to upload and share free digital teaching resources, which could help improve instruction and student learning outcomes, the company said. The platform is also open to publishers and other content providers who wish to contribute to the service. For instance, the U.S. Department of Education will provide information from its College Scorecard service, while the Folger Shakespeare Library is offering access to instructional texts about Shakespeare's plays.