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Afternoon Announcements – July 03, 2014

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July 03, 2014 12:35 pm

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Questions on Assessment Testing continue


States withdrawing from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment consortia and developing their own standards of testing won’t produce reliable evidence that the Common Core State Standards are fulfilling commitments to students. In our Core or the Matter series, Alliance Senior Fellow Robert Rothman speaks on the crucial need for adequate testing for students.

Teachers polled at The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in Atlanta say they believe the Common Core State Standards are ‘breathing life into school curriculum.’ EdSurge

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan is urging states to invest in counselors for high school students, saying they can help youths “reach their highest aspirations.” Education Week Politics K-12

If anyone knows the importance of implementing academic standards that prove the same no matter the state, it’s a military family. A Louisiana military mom shows her support for the Common Core State Standards, in the wake of Governor Bobby Jindal’s decision to back away from the initiative. The Times Picayune

New York City education officials face a state-mandated deadline to launch overhauls at dozens of struggling schools by September. ChalkBeat NY

In New Orleans, school and health care decentralization has wrought some unintended consequences for students with the most severe needs, according to a case study. The Hechinger Report

State teachers’ unions in California, Michigan and New Hampshire have called for members to boycott Staples buy school supplies elsewhere after the company announces plans to downsize. Livingston Daily

One way to effectively integrate education technology with your students is with internet pages and programs that are interactive unlike the static pages of the past. eSchoolNews

As we celebrate America’s independence, and the bicentennial of Francis Scott Key’s penning of the Star Spangled Banner, let’s also celebrate examples of comprehensive approaches to education that are doing it right and seeing great results. The Huffington Post

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