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Afternoon Announcements: Arne Duncan Emphasizes Need to Focus on Higher Standards for All Schools

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November 19, 2013 04:13 pm

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A comment by US Education Secretary Arne Duncan on the Common Core State Standards has sparked controversy, and the Secretary is working to quell the fires. The Washington Post

In an effort to put national education conversations back on what matters, US Education Secretary Arne Duncan writes about moving on from controversial comments he made and focusing on higher standards for all schools and students. Homeroom

Arlington public schools is looking to data analysts to help solve the problem of keeping students from dropping out of high school. The district will select up to 10 data teams to analyze data for trends that could be reversed to keep students in school. The Washington Post

Teachers – and, broadly, adults – often remark that student writing has taken a nosedive in the age of social media, where they resort to abbreviations and acronyms to meet character limits. One teacher is speaking out about how social media has improved her students’ abilities to reflect and write honestly. The Atlantic

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