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October 04, 2012 07:42 pm


It’s that time again, for another edition of Straight A’s! We break down the most recent education-related reports, news and statistics. Here are a few highlights from this issue, which you can view online in its entirety here.

The US Department of Education received requests for seven more No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers. That brings the total to 44 states that have either requested waivers or been approved for waivers from certain NCLB requirements, including that 100 percent of students be proficient in reading and math by 2014. In addition to the waiver requests, the Department of Education received nearly 900 applicants who intend to compete in the Race to the Top-District competition. If nearly every state ends up being granted a waiver, does it negate the intention of these NCLB requirements or make them more realistic?

We’ve talked about this year’s decline in SAT scores before, and we wrote about it in Straight A’s again because the numbers are just that compelling. Only 43 percent of students in the high school class of 2012 met the SAT benchmark, indicating that they were prepared for college, as noted in a report released by the College Board. Which subject do you think students were most proficient in? Least? The results might surprise you…

You may be seeing a lot of tweets, articles and blog posts about a new Center on Educational Policy report on state high school exit exams. The buzz is worthy. The report broadly finds that state exit exams are in transition, a big part of which can be attributed to the growing adoption of Common Core State Standards (CCSS). We look at how students are shaping up on these exams, what they mean for college-and-career readiness and what states are doing to help students who lag behind in certain areas. Should state exit exams be compulsory to receive a high school diploma?

Continue reading on these topics and many others in this issue here. If you’re interested in signing up to receive Straight A’s in your email, send your information and request to our communications director, Jason Amos, at


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