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Afternoon Announcments: December 15, 2011

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December 15, 2011 10:02 pm

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Good Afternoon, it’s almost the weekend so hurry through your evening. But don’t rush through the latest in education news.

It looks like someone in the Department of Education needs to reassess their calculation skills. According to the New York Times, a new study by the Center for Educational Policy found that the Secretary of Education largely overstated the percent of schools nationwide that are failing under the No Child Left Behind act. While Secretary Arne Duncan initially reported 82 percent of schools are failing, it turns out that in reality, it is slightly above half of that- 48 percent.

While students may be passing tests, it turns out they may be passing joints as well. A University of Michigan study found that drinking and cigarette smoking among teens is down but marijuana and prescription drug use has risen. In fact, one in nine high school students have tried synthetic marijuana. Education Week brings you the story.

College students can rate their professor using a website to share commentary. Now the teacher-training group TNTP will begin incorporating student feedback into their teacher evaluations. Education Week reports that the project will assess teachers and require them to be effective before they’re granted a certification. The surveys will be one of a variety of measures, including the completion of coursework, feedback from principals, and growth in student achievement.

In a response to increased reports of hazing within organizations among college and high-school-aged students, a Georgia school district has suspended all marching band activities until it completes an investigation of reported violence during summer band activities. According to the Associated Press, the suspensions are a result of the beating death of a Florida A&M band member who attended Southwest DeKalb High School, one of the schools under investigation.

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