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Afternoon Announcements: July 24, 2012

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July 24, 2012 07:16 pm

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If society operated on a four-day work week, Tuesday would be the Monday of that week. Think about it. Amazing. Just like some of today’s announcements. Read on, intrepid High School Soup devotee!

The Huffington Post and Education Week both have reports today on the Obama administration’s “shopping sheet,” a guide to academic institutions’ costs and graduation rates. Being part of the shopping sheet is voluntary, but the guide is an important first step to making this information understandable, and transparent, for students and their families.

From the file of “things surprising no one,” comes a report from Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance that says American students aren’t catching their international peers. The Huffington Post reports that the study “found that students in Latvia, Chile and Brazil are making gains in academics three times faster than American students, while those in Portugal, Hong Kong, Germany, Poland, Liechtenstein, Slovenia, Colombia and Lithuania are improving at twice the rate.” Disconcerting to be sure.

The Hechinger Report asks “Will poor children be left behind?” when online tests become prevalent? Although digital learning can open doors and opportunities for students and schools in struggling, disconnected, and/or rural communities, having access to technology will be a critical issue going forward.

The New Republic of Columbus, Indiana reports via the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (how’s that for a one-two connection?) that the schools in Hawaii’s Race to the Top zones have found mixed results. The article notes, “some schools in zones on west Oahu’s Waianae Coast and in the Kau-Pahoa region of the Big Island have seen big improvements or small gains. But there are also a few that declined in math and reading proficiency.”

Things in the Sunshine State just got a little sunnier for some Florida schools. The Florida Department of Education discovered that it “miscalculated grades for middle and elementary schools, raising 213 school grades statewide.” Tallahassee.com has the report.

That’s it for us from today. We’ll be back tomorrow with more thought-provoking day-of-the-week “what ifs?” and, of course, more relevant education announcements.

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