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Morning Announcements: January 10, 2011

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January 10, 2011 02:18 pm

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Education Week reports that the federal government plans to pay for states to work together to create English-language-proficiency tests for the Common Core State Standards Initiative. EdWeek also reports on how cyber students are learning the value of social skills.

The Washington Post reports on D.C.’s and Maryland’s progress in implementing common standards.

Next month, the College Board, the nonprofit organization that owns the A.P. exams as well as the SAT, will release a wholesale revamping of A.P. biology as well as United States history — with 387,000 test-takers the most popular A.P. subject, according to the New York Times. A preview of the changes shows that the board will slash the amount of material students need to know for the tests and provide, for the first time, a curriculum framework for what courses should look like.

An op-ed in the Houston Chronicle explains why for the sake of our economy and our future, we must provide college opportunity for Latino students and ensure their college attainment.

Caught in a budget meltdown, California is forcing schools to abandon one of the most popular education reforms — smaller class sizes. according to the Mercury News.

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