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Afternoon Announcements: Alaska, Hawaii, West Virginia Granted NCLB Waivers

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May 21, 2013 07:22 pm

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Virginia students will take end of the year standardized tests on a computer this year. The state is abandoning paper-and-pencil tests. It’s one of few states to make the switch, primarily because of cost concerns to upgrade computers and internet access. Washington Post

A new assessment from the Education Testing Service (ETS) seeks to measure non-academic variables that may determine college readiness. These include social behaviors such as class attendance, engaging with professors and content, and making eye contact. Inside Higher Ed

Stephen Colbert’s commencement address at the University of Virginia has been circulating the web this week for good reason: it’s funny and inspirational. Colbert begins by joking he would have given the speech for free, but by the middle, he offers solid advice. YouTube

The U.S. Department of Education has offered three more states waivers from federal accountability standards under the No Child Left Behind Act. Alaska, Hawaii, and West Virginia are the latest additions, and bring the total number of states with approved waivers to 37. Politics K-12

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