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Afternoon announcements: October 5, 2012

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October 05, 2012 07:31 pm

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Thanks to Columbus, who sailed the ocean blue in 1492, you hopefully have a three-day weekend. What are your plans for the weekend? Before you leave to enjoy the long weekend, enjoy today’s #ednews roundup.

Education was the most tweeted about topic in Wednesday night’s first presidential debate. USA Today depicts the most popular topics, broken down by mentions of the candidates’ names in a colorful infographic (“I hate delightful infographics,” said no one ever). Behind education was health care, jobs, and in a surprising fourth place finish, the economy.

We’re proud to say that the Alliance itself has made the news lately. MSNBC released a feature story on the lack of early education funding and opportunities in Mississippi. These educational gaps contribute to low graduation rates. The article cites the Alliance’s research on the economic impact of not preparing students for college and career. The article says, “Mississippi would save almost $37 million a year in community-college remediation and lost earnings if all high-school students who graduated were ready for college, according ot the Alliance for Excellent Education.”

As we reported to you yesterday in our write-up of our e-newsletter, “Straight A’s,” the Center for Educational Policy released a recent report on the present and future of state high school exit exams. Education Week reviews and analyzes the reports – specifically the implications of the wide-spread adoption of Common Core State Standards (CCSS). They quote Alliance Senior Fellow Robert Rothman on the impact of implementing higher standards that come along with CCSS: “These standards are, in many cases, higher than existing state standards, particularly with exit exams, which were traditionally pegged to lower standards than other state tests.”

I know you’ve heard of BYOB, but what about BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device? Our President, former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise, has been saying for some time that the way to make digital learning truly take hold in classrooms is to stop telling students to power down and instead to encourage them to power on. NPR looks at classrooms and educators with the same mindset and how “BYOD” in the classroom is boosting learning.

Today is World Teachers Day! Created by UNESCO in 1994, it’s celebrated every year on Oct. 5th. As the website describes, World Teachers Day “aim[s] to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.” We wouldn’t be here without the dedicated educators who give their all to increase student learning and achievement. Thank you, teachers, for all you do!

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