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Afternoon Announcements: Mississippi Educators Support Common Core Standards

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September 06, 2013 04:14 pm

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Learning with a personal tutor is one of the oldest and best ways to learn. Hiring a tutor for every student was never a realistic option. Now, new computer programs can customize education for each child. But adding computers to classrooms isn’t likely to help unless teachers are willing to change their approach to teaching. American RadioWorks

Desoto County educators said the new Common Core curriculum is exactly what Mississippi needs to rise to the top. Some parents don’t agree with the new standards, but educators say test scores prove it is working. Local Memphis

Children — like adults — are increasingly trying electronic cigarettes, according to the first large national study to gauge use by middle and high school students. About 2 percent of the students said they’d used an e-cigarette in the previous month, according to a survey done last year. That was up from 1 percent in 2011. Education Week

Kentucky and New York — the first two states to test students based on the Common Core State Standards — experienced 20 to 30 percent drops in proficiency due to the more rigorous standards, but the top state education officials in those states said Sept. 4 that their departments’ early discussions with educators about CCSS have helped to sustain support for the standards in those states. Education Daily

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