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Afternoon Announcements – Survey: More Teachers feel prepared to teach the Common Core

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October 03, 2014 12:00 pm

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A new survey released Friday by Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation polled 1,676 K-12 teachers in the 43 states that have adopted Common Core in attempts to gauge their thoughts on the standards that have now been in place for roughly one year. Of the teachers surveyed, 79 percent said they feel prepared to teach the common core, up from 71 percent in 2013. 81 percent of teachers, however, said they find the implementation challenging with over 80 of teachers feeling they need more professional development to properly implement the standards. Click the link to read the enter findings from the survey, Teachers on the Common Core.

While you’re reading that, be sure to check out the latest in our Core of the Matters series, in which Massachusetts teacher Nancy Barile discusses how the Common Core gave her the flexibility to introduce reading and film electives and ultimately foster a love of reading for students.

More U.S. high school students are staying in school, according to newly released data from the Census Bureau, as the national dropout rate reached a record low last year. Just 7% of the nation’s 18-to-24 year olds had dropped out of high school, continuing a steady decline in the nation’s dropout rate since 2000, when 12% of youth were dropouts. Pew Research Center

The Jefferson County Board of Education in suburban Denver agreed to appoint a committee to review newly revised guidelines for the Advanced Placement history courses in the 84,000-student district, over complaints from parents, teachers and students who voiced their concerns at the Thursday night meeting. Hundreds of Colorado high school students have walked out of class in the past two weeks to protest proposed changes to the Advanced Placement history curriculum. NPR

Are math specialists the answer to teaching better math? With the implementation of the Common Core math standards taking place across the country, some educators say having a well-trained math specialist can make all the difference when it comes to students mastering the curriculum. The Hechinger Report

Through a relatively new discretionary grant program, called the Turnaround School Leaders Program, the U.S. Department of Education this week awarded about $20.5 million to 12 districts, state agencies, universities and other organizations to “develop, or enhance, and implement a leadership pipeline that selects, prepares, places, supports and retains school leaders. The Journal

If California school officials collect information about students’ public posts on social media websites, they must discard this information within a year after a student leaves the district, and they must tell parents they are monitoring their children’s social media posts, under a new state law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Sept. 29. eSchoolNews

In Chicago, two initiatives were launched to improve access to higher education for lower-income students. Robert Zimmer president of the University of Chicago, and Cheryl Hyman, chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago are exploring the strategies that community colleges and the University of Chicago plan to use to attract these students. PBS NewsHour

Prince George’s County, MD Schools Chief Kevin Maxwell has named two administrators with experience addressing the needs of immigrants to head two new schools designed specifically to help recent immigrants and second-generation students adapt and succeed in school. The Washington Post

Dunbar High School DC celebrated the largest high school test scores gains in the city Thursday. Officials site the introduction of ninth-grade academies, which separate first-time freshmen from older students, as key to the turnaround efforts. The Washington Post

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