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Afternoon Announcements: July 19, 2011

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July 19, 2011 06:42 pm

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According to the Wall Street Journal, officials who are frustrated with No Child Left Behind try to substitute their own plans.

Raising new questions about the effectiveness of school discipline, a new report finds that 31 percent of Texas students were suspended off campus or expelled at least once during their years in middle and high school, reports the New York Times.

Obama pushes businesses to invest $118 million in education, writes USA Today.

Education Week reports that the National Center for Education Statistics, which administers the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), released results today for the 2010 NAEP geography test, finding that fourth graders scored on average 213 out of a possible 500, an “all-time high” since the test started in 1994, but the rising scores have not translated to more students moving from “basic” to “proficient” performance on the test, and the percentage of students achieving at the “advanced” level has gone down in every grade.

Also from Education Week, the Austin, Texas–based Michael and Susan Dell Foundation is hoping its new Ed-Fi data standard, released this morning, will allow educators and researchers to access information on kindergarten through twelfth grade from state and local systems even before the systems have been aligned.

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