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Afternoon Announcements: Education Writer Robert Rothman to Release New Book on Common Core State Standards

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September 03, 2013 04:21 pm

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If Massachusetts were a country, its eighth graders would rank second in the world in science, behind only Singapore, according to Timss — the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, which surveys knowledge and skills of fourth and eighth graders around the world. (The most recent version, in 2011, tested more than 600,000 students in 63 nations.) The New York Times

A renewal of No Child Left Behind remains stalled in Congress, but the Obama administration is blazing forward with plans to renew waivers that absolve states of some requirements of the law. The Education Department on Thursday issued guidance for some states to renew their waivers through the 2015-16 school year. Phillip Lovell, vice president of federal advocacy at the Alliance for Excellent Education, said the current waiver system does not address high school graduation rate accountability. Politico

A new book by education writer and Alliance for Excellent Education senior fellow Robert Rothman proposes to make the Common Core State Standards less scary. Prompted, in part, by an Education Week survey of teachers about their preparedness for teaching the Common Core, the forthcoming title Fewer, Clearer, Higher: How the Common Core State Standards Can Change Classroom Practice argues that the common core can transform teaching, and that such transformation is completely within reach for educators. The book is due in October from Harvard Education Press.Education Week

Two years after offering states waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act, the U.S. Department of Education is expecting states to up the ante on teacher quality if they want another two years of flexibility. Politics K-12

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