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Morning Announcements: August 2, 2011

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August 02, 2011 03:41 pm

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As a vote nears in Congress to lift the federal debt ceiling and stave off a financial default, education advocates are just beginning to take stock of what this will mean for K-12 education, reports Education Week.

A recent Washington Post blog post includes Stanford University Education Professor Linda Darling-Hammond’s speech from last Saturday’s Save Our Schools march in Washington, DC, in which she explains the extent of the trouble public education is in.

According to the New York Times, New York State education officials announced yesterday that they had begun to review the way they detect and prevent cheating on standardized tests, taking a step to avoid the cheating scandals that have engulfed school systems in other states.

A recent Education Week blog post talks about the struggle states are having with linking teacher-student data.

The Birmingham News in Alabama reports that Jefferson County and the city districts of Birmingham and Hoover did not meet their state accountability goals for 2010–11, according to data released on Monday by the Alabama Department of Education.

In Idaho, on the other hand, school progress stagnated last year, with only 62 percent of schools again meeting targets, reports the Idaho Statesman in Boise.

The Patriot-News in Harrisburg writes that Pennsylvania’s state schools agency is developing a teacher-evaluation system that puts more emphasis on how students perform on standardized tests.

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