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Afternoon Announcements: June 20, 2012

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June 20, 2012 04:58 pm

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It’s Wednesday, and it is very hot here in Washington, D.C. Why not cool down and read some of today’s education news?

In an effort to get the presidential candidates to focus more on reforming education, the College Board yesterday set up 857 desks on the National Mall to represent the number of students who drop out each hour of every school day. The news on the “Don’t Forget Ed!” Campaign comes from the Associated Press.

Big news today from the 2009 administration of the nation’s report card, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) science exam. U.S. News and World Report says has the news that although “seventy-five percent of high school seniors successfully completed straightforward experiments…when tasked with more complicated experiments, only 25 percent came to the correct conclusion.” The Huffington Post reports on this story too and notes, “The report found that female students in all three grades out-performed their male counterparts on the hands-on tasks, but males scored higher on the paper-and-pencil science assessment.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the Gates Foundation has announced $9 million in grants to “support a range of new approaches.” Included in the grants are support for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC’s), “flipped classrooms,” and a nonprofit online college.

A new initiative knows as the Pathways to Prosperity Project created by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Jobs for the Future will aim to link schools and employers to produce graduates who are qualified to meet the needs of the workplace. The News Tribune (Missouri) is one of six states that will participate in the initiative.

Finally, the Huffington Post presents a report by the McKinsey Global Institute that notes that between 90 and 95 million low-skill workers, 2.6 percent of the global workforce, will not be needed by 2020. Even more evidence of how important a high school diploma and some kind of postsecondary education are.

That’s it for the announcements part of our show, we’ll be back shortly with Stats That Stick!

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