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Morning Announcements: August 31, 2010

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August 31, 2010 03:52 pm

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Morning_AnnouncementsEducation Week
takes a look at states’ progress in complying with No Child Left Behind’s requirement that states report graduation rates for subgroups of students, such as English-language learners or economically disadvantaged children.

The Christian Science Monitor profiles Arne Duncan and his career path leading up to serving as the 9th U.S. Secretary of Education.

USA Today education reporter Mary Beth Marklein interviews Robert Neuman, author of Are You Really Ready for College?,and they discuss strategies to help middle and high school students avoid common problems in college.

The Carbondale Southern Illinoisan reports on the Illinois Student Assistance Corps, an organization that helps potential first-generation college students from low-income families navigate the paperwork and search process of securing grants, scholarships and financial aid.

In Colorado, the governor’s commission investigates ways to close the state’s education achievement gap and hints at some recommendations that will be part of a 10-year plan to be released in October that will focus on attracting the best teachers and school leaders; increasing teacher effectiveness; dealing with consistently low-performing schools; examining the financing of education; suggesting a governance structure that emphasizes accountability; and expanding preschool education.

Although high school students in Oregon made significant gains in reading with a record 71 percent of students passing the state reading exam, 12,000 student are still at risk of not passing and failing to graduate.

In Utah 79 percent of schools met Adequate Yearly Progress in the 2009-10 school year, a decrease from the previous year when 87 percent of schools reached the goal, according to the Deseret News.

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