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Afternoon announcements: Student advancement should be based on competency, not seat time

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January 24, 2013 06:06 pm

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Some school districts are taking security into their own hands after the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Education Week

Many education organizations and schools are focusing on the high college dropout rate and looking at ways to improve it. Several new reports call for postsecondary institutions to be held accountable to graduate their students. The Alliance recommended this plus multiple other initiatives in its recent report, Repairing a Broken System: Fixing Federal Student Aid. New York Times 

It’s possible for school districts to remain strong and high performing even through tough economic times. Two California districts are doing just that – through vision and collaboration. Education Daily

A feature story today looks at the need for student advancement to stop being a measure of how much time they spend in their seats in a classroom but a measure of how much knowledge they have of the subject content. A recent Alliance report highlights these same issues and provides a case study of two New Hampshire high schools who have successfully implemented competency-based learning. Read the report, Strengthening High School Teaching and Learning in New Hampshire’s Competency-Based System, and watch the webinar discussion on the same issues here. Chronicle of Higher Education

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