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Morning Announcements: July 21, 2010

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July 21, 2010 05:25 pm

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Morning_AnnouncementsCommon standards are all the buzz today with New York Times reporter Tamar Lewin recapping state progress in adopting.  The New York Times also hosted a discussion on the pros and cons of mandating what American school children should know. The Thomas B. Fordham Institute released a report this morning that determined the common core standards are clearer and more rigorous than the English standards in 37 states and the math standards in 39 states. According to the study, nearly a dozen other states have English or math standards that are “in the same league” as the common core. Lastly, the Washington Post ran a story about the school boards in DC and Massachusetts being on the verge of adopting the standards and then the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced that the board had indeed voted 8-0 to adopt the standards and cited the increased academic rigor and stronger expectation in their decision making process.

In other news, according to a new survey from Sam Houston State University, four in ten teachers moonlight to make ends meet. The study also found that 47 percent of those surveyed said they have seriously considered leaving the profession.

And finally, the Washington Post reports, “Math and reading scores for Maryland elementary and middle school students who were already meeting basic expectations improved this year, but the worst-performing students posted smaller gains than in previous years, according to test results released Tuesday.”

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