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Morning Announcements: January 21, 2011

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January 21, 2011 03:48 pm

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In South Carolina, a sweeping $350,000 state-funded initiative to prevent dropouts at a high school with one of the Midlands’ highest dropout rates is only five months old but already drawing rave reviews.

The Christian Science Monitor asks, can Obama and Congress meet minds to revamp No Child Left Behind? According to Alliance VP of Federal Advocacy Phillip Lovell, “it’s a potential win that everyone can come home with and campaign on.”

The New York Times reports on new research finding that taking a test is not just a passive mechanism for assessing how much people know but it actually helps people learn, and it works better than a number of other studying techniques. The Times also ran a story on rethinking evaluations when almost every teacher gets an ‘A’.

Arizona lawmakers propose shortening the public school year by ten days, the East Valley Tribune reports.

According to the Idaho Statesman, the state Board of Education wants to double the number of Idaho adults between ages 25 and 34 who have a college degree or professional credential over the next nine years.

The Oregon Department of Education wants to raise the targets for the state’s reading test, according to the Oregonian.

The Washington Post editorial board writes, “Nothing is more unjust than allowing students’ economic status, family situation or location to be an excuse for poor teaching.”

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