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Morning Announcements: July 22, 2011

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July 22, 2011 04:34 pm

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Another hot day across the nation gives way to another day full of education news. Grab an ice-cold drink and read on …

According to the Associated Press, at least three states are vowing to ignore the latest requirements under the No Child Left Behind law in an act of defiance against the federal government that demonstrates their growing frustration over an education program they say sets unrealistic benchmarks for schools.

Education Week writes about the new guidelines on crafting curriculum materials for the common standards in English/language arts that are reigniting debate about how to ensure a marketplace of good instructional materials for the new standards without crossing the line into telling teachers how to teach.

The Los Angeles Times reports on a new study that finds California’s higher education system is in decline, with fewer students able to afford college, falling college participation rates and dwindling state support.

Education Week writes about a new initiative that targets “school-to-prison” pipeline.

Test Scores, Schools, and Expectations: The Up, the Down, and the Stagnant

The Hattiesburg American reports that test scores released by the Mississippi Department of Education on July 19 show public school students improved on MCT2 and Subject Area Test (SATP) scores, compared to last year.

Mississippi isn’t the only state showing improvement this week. The Spartanburg Herald Journal writes that scores on South Carolina standardized tests are mostly up.

On the other hand, the Atlanta Journal–Constitution reports that more Georgia public schools and districts are falling short of goals as expectations rise.

As expected, test scores in Delaware’s public schools dropped significantly this year, reports the News Journal in New Castle–Wilmington.

According to the Winston-Salem Journal, North Carolina parents digging into the latest data about their child’s school may have found a disquieting surprise yesterday—many of the state’s 2,500 public schools failed to meet the grade for adequate yearly progress.

An Iowa Department of Education report released yesterday concludes that Iowa students have stagnated and the state’s educational system needs reform, reports the Sioux City Journal.

In a defeat for the city’s teachers’ union, a judge ruled yesterday that the New York Department of Education could proceed with plans to close twenty-two schools because of poor performance and place fifteen charter schools in the buildings of traditional schools in September, reports the New York Times.

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