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Afternoon Announcements: July 12, 2012

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July 12, 2012 07:33 pm

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Today’s afternoon announcements cover college completion, standards-based grading, how the health-care ruling might affect education, and getting dropouts to come back to school. There’s a little something for everyone, unless you’re looking for the latest news on Olympic water polo, in which case we’ve got nothing for you. Away we go.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will announce tomorrow in Williamsburg, Virginia that the United States had about 100,000 more postsecondary graduates in 2010 than in 2009. Census data show that the percentage of adults aged 25 to 34 with a postsecondary degree increased half a percentage point between 2009-2010. This is an extremely slow increase in the number of degrees, to be sure. The Huffington Post has more.

Not enough Huffington Post in your life? Here’s a little more. This time the report is on the slow implementation of standards-based report cards in high schools. Standards-based report cards “break down academic subjects into content areas and reflect a child’s progress in each of them, often on a 1-to-4 scale. Work habits and behavior are usually graded separately. Advocates of the system argue that the traditional A-F letter grades are less informative about a student’s performance and subject mastery.”

We move from HuffPo to EdWeek where the discussion revolves around how the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act could be applied to education law. The article notes that the health care ruling, “could open the door to lawsuits over the spending strings attached to federal programs—or even the conditions for securing federal waivers under the No Child Left Behind Act.” We’ll all have to wait and see what kind of education case law comes to the fore thanks to this 5-4 decision.

Finally, a little multimedia announcement for you. The PBS NewsHour  has a feature on a Texas district that is luring high school dropouts back to class by sending them to college. An interesting take on a dropout reengagement program that seems to be meeting with success. 

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