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Afternoon Announcements: ED Secretary Duncan says Administration is Committed to Testing

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January 12, 2015 01:30 pm

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan insisted on Monday in a speech outlining the administration’s priorities for a revision of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) that the administration would not back away from annual testing for students and performance evaluations of teachers based in part on the results of the tests. The New York Times

President Obama is slated to announce proposed legislation Monday to protect consumers from data hacking and prevent companies from selling student data to third parties and from using information collected in school to engage in targeted advertising. The New York Times

Adding to his education legacy,  on Friday proposed to bring the cost of two years of community college “down to zero” for all Americans, an ambitious nationwide plan based on a popular Tennessee program signed into law by that state’s Republican governor. Associated Press

About 70 percent of beginning teachers are sticking with the profession for at least five years — in both high-poverty and low-poverty schools, according to researchers from Center for American Progress.

Taking on an issue that has received relatively short shrift in the raft of reforms being implemented in California schools, Gov. Jerry Brown ventured for the first time during his governorship into the challenge of preparing – and retaining – teachers. EdSource

Denver Public Schools plans to administer the PARCC assessment in reading and math this spring as planned, even if the state permits districts to back out, Superintendent Tom Boasberg said on Thursday. Chalkbeat CO

One year after the launch of a major overhaul of the GED exam, the high school equivalency program has seen a sharp drop in the number of people who took and passed the test, according to local and state educators and the organization that runs it. NPR

In her quest to revamp rather than close the city’s lowest performing schools, New York City Public Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña is weighing in on how they teach students to read and write. Chalkbeat NY

The classroom of the future probably won’t be led by a robot with arms and legs, but it may be guided by a digital brain in a blended learning environment.  NPR

At Carlin Springs Elementary in Virginia, fewer than half of the school’s third-graders had passed the reading and math portions of the Virginia Standards of Learning exam. But a new method of ‘Teaching to the test’ proved remarkable results for struggling students. The Washington Post

Replacing some Hamilton County, TN students’ textbooks with iPads was a move intended to boost faltering public education performance. But school officials say there is one big problem. Many of the students, once home with their brand-new devices, don’t have internet access and likely won’t get it. eSchoolNews

 

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