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Afternoon Announcements: March 8, 2012

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March 08, 2012 07:01 pm

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Greetings! Here are the latest headlines in education news:

Education reform and teacher evaluation efforts are increasingly focused on using student test scores which isn’t always an accurate depiction of student development. As the Wall Street Journal reports, School districts nationwide are only now beginning to deal with the practical challenges of implementing those changes.

TeacherBeat touches on the Chicago Teacher Advancement Program where increased mentoring and improved teacher-retention rates in some participating schools outperformed similar schools that don’t participate. But the mentoring and teacher retention didn’t affect student achievement, according to a study released today by Mathematica Policy Research.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Illinois will be part of a six-state pilot program next school year aimed at reducing instances of fraud in the nation’s free and reduced school lunch program. A previous analysis by the Tribune highlighted concerns about fraud in the federal school lunch program within Chicago Public Schools due to layers of bureaucracy, incentives for high enrollment, and minimal checks and balances.

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