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Afternoon Announcements: August 23, 2012

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August 23, 2012 08:09 pm

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It’s really Thursday. I know that seems nearly impossible, but it is indeed Friday Eve. Let’s not mince words, things are confusing enough because it seems like Wednesday. Here are some announcements!

The Birmingham News reports that, based on ACT’s report The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2012, released this week, almost 70 percent of college-bound Alabamians may face difficulties in their first year of college. “31 percent…of ACT-tested 2012 graduates in Alabama did not meet any of the four ACT College Readiness Benchmarks in English, mathematics, reading and science, suggesting they are likely to struggle in first-year college courses in all four of those subject areas.”

California Superintendent of Public Schools Tom Torlakson revealed yesterday that the state’s high school exit exam had a higher pass rate this year, up one percent to 95 percent. Pass rates have increased for six straight years. The Associated Press has more.

The Baltimore Sun has coverage of U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s address in front of 800 Baltimore County English teachers. “’We are losing so much talent, and I think the consequences of that are devastating,’ Duncan said. He asked the audience how often lawyers and doctors have to wait tables to add to their incomes, a line that was welcomed by the teachers. ‘We believe teachers are the heart and soul of our education system,’ he said.”

We’ll see you tomorrow for your Friday announcements!

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