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Afternoon Announcements: Louisiana moves forward with Common Core Standards

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August 21, 2014 02:28 pm

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Opponents of the Common Core are up in arms about something, but it’s rarely the standards themselves. Misleading information and a lack of facts on the standards unfortunately continue.  Bob Wise, Alliance president and former governor of West Virginia, discusses how – despite the latest poll numbers, the Common Core glass remains thirty-five states full.

Public awareness of the Common Core State Standards has skyrocketed, increasing from 38 percent to 81 percent in just one year, according to the 46th annual PDK/Gallup Poll on the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. eSchoolNews

Education Superintendent John White said Wednesday that Louisiana’s public elementary and middle schools will immediately proceed with plans to use a new Common Core test for English and mathematics. The Times Picayune

Passport Reading Journeys, a literacy intervention for middle and high schoolers, is getting an overhaul in order to focus more on digital capabilities and states’ beefed up ELA standards. The Journal

Institutions such as Kennesaw State University in Georgia are teaching teachers how to teach in efforts to improve the quality of educators in public schools. The Hechinger Report

Students in some of Miami-Dade’s lowest-income schools are more likely to have teachers who are new to the profession, who miss more school time and who receive lower evaluation scores, according to a new analysis by the National Council for Teacher Quality. State Impact

Los Angeles Unified’s new $20 million student tracking system faltered at some campuses last week as the school year opened, prompting concern from teachers over the online student program that manages enrollment, attendance and grades for the nation’s second-largest school district. The LA Times

More than twice the number of Metro Nashville public schools are performing at the state’s lowest academic level than was the case two years ago. The Tennessean

Teachers in the Leyden High School District in Franklin Park, IL say implementing edtech and a 1:1 plan has been in uphill battle for the district, but educators know it’s worth it in the long run for both teachers and students. edSurge

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