USATestprep Acquires Education Galaxy, Expanding Its Standards-Aligned Content and Learning Resources to All K-12 Learners

AUSTIN, Texas & SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 9, 2020–

USATestprep, backed by Serent Capital, has acquired Education Galaxy, an online and mobile assessment and intervention platform that delivers dynamic and multilingual content to K-8 elementary and middle school students. The acquisition enhances USATestprep’s library of state standards-aligned content and products to serve K-12 teachers and students in all 50 states.

Since its founding in 1998, USATestprep has grown to serve over 2 million students per year in 4,000 schools nationwide with its standards-aligned learning tools. The company’s online platform enables teachers to quickly identify student strengths and weaknesses in core subject areas. With that data, teachers can then easily customize assignments and learning plans to help each student grow academically and master state standards, whether learning takes place in-person, remotely, or in a hybrid learning environment.

The acquisition complements USATestprep’s content and product offerings, and allows the company to grow its

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Expanding state special ed requirements could mean added costs for school districts

Families with special needs students across the state expected their children’s public education to end last year if they turned 21 years old, but a recent court ruling has given some additional time to build their skills.

A federal court ruling over the summer has extended the time frame for how long these services are required to be offered, meaning districts could have a few more students than initially expected. The change applies to services Connecticut offers under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and went into effect this school year, though the state is appealing the decision.

But some local school officials are concerned that the sometimes high cost of educating these students, most notably through outplacement programs, could become an issue for school boards. More than 200 students stopped receiving services when the lawsuit was filed a few years ago because they turned 21, according to the nonprofit

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China Still Expanding Xinjiang Re-Education Camps, Report Says

Satellite images of a camp that opened in January in Kashgar, shown here during its construction from 2019 to 2020, according to ASPI.

Source: Maxar/Airbus via Google Earth

China is continuing to invest in detention camps in Xinjiang, according to a new research report, findings that could bolster calls to punish Beijing over its human rights practices in the predominately Muslim region.

At least 61 suspected detention facilities showed signs of new construction between July 2019 and July 2020, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute said in a report released Thursday. Some 14 such centers were still under construction this year after Xinjiang authorities said that all detainees had “graduated,” said ASPI, an Australia- and U.S.-backed research institute that has been tracking the camp network for more than two years.

About half of the recently expanded camps had greater security features, suggesting a shift toward

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