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Afternoon Announcements: August 14, 2012

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August 14, 2012 08:05 pm

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Well, well, well Tuesday. We see you’ve decided to try to foil our Afternoon Announcements by being a relatively slow news day. Well we’ll just see who has the upper hand here, won’t we? Here we go!

First up, from Education Week, both PARCC and SBAC, the consortia involved with developing assessments based on the Common Core State Standards, have released sample items. An example of the questions “asks 5th graders to read an article about how scientists track bird migration and to identify the two paragraphs that contain the author’s opinions on the topic. The question taps key skills required in the common standards, such as comprehending ‘content rich’ nonfiction and citing textual evidence for an argument.”

The Associated Press via Education Week reports on the plight of homeless students through the lens of Morgan Scott, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, who “recalls vividly sleeping under a bridge on a cool, wet night last September.”

The Washington Post has an opinion piece today from Anita Kinney, the former student body president at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, Virginia. Her piece, titled, “Being a minority at America’s best high school,” is well worth your time.

See you tomorrow!

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