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Afternoon Announcements: Arne Duncan Says Criticism Against Standardized Testing is “Merited”

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May 03, 2013 08:21 pm

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Coursera, an online education platform, plans to offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) for teachers. The courses would aim to help teaches improve their technique and would have offerings from teaching experts and premier museums and universities. Washington Post

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that there are serious flaws in standardized testing at a meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). He said that criticism about the tests is “merited.” Huffington Post

Arizona has implemented a national college-readiness program called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) that teaches students strategies for taking notes, applying for scholarships, and how to study for college-entrance exams. The goal of the program is to narrow the college-readiness gap in the state. AZ Central

High school graduates in North Carolina will soon receive a seal on their diploma denoting whether they are ready for work or college as part of a new criteria the State Board of Education adopted this week. The three paths students can take to earn a seal are career, community college, and four-year university. Charlotte Observer

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