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Morning Annoucements: August 23, 2010

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August 23, 2010 03:35 pm

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Morning_AnnouncementsLast Thursday, the Delaware State Board of Education voted to adopt common standards.  Education Week takes a look at how education groups and publishers are developing curriculum materials that aim to embody the new standards.

The New York Times reports on why so many people in their 20s are taking so long to grow up, writing:

The 20s are a black box, and there is a lot of churning in there. One-third of people in their 20s move to a new residence every year. Forty percent move back home with their parents at least once. They go through an average of seven jobs in their 20s, more job changes than in any other stretch. Two-thirds spend at least some time living with a romantic partner without being married. And marriage occurs later than ever. The median age at first marriage in the early 1970s, when the baby boomers were young, was 21 for women and 23 for men; by 2009 it had climbed to 26 for women and 28 for men, five years in a little more than a generation.

The NY Times also takes a look at private tutoring, questioning whether or not it is a smart investment.

Washington Post education columnist Jay Matthews reflects on D.C. School Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s tenure and wonders what will be the outcome of the Democratic primary in September.

Over the past five years the number, the number of Texans choosing to home school their children has grown by about twenty percent, according to the Houston Chronicle and the Texas Home School Coalition.

The Dallas Morning News reviewed TAKS scores from 2006 to 2010 and found that more poor and minority students are scoring at the higher “commended” level, which is considered a good indication of college readiness, yet higher-income, white and Asian students are making even bigger gains.

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