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Morning Announcements: June 22, 2012

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June 22, 2012 03:52 pm

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Here it is: the end of your work week. Friday is here and so are your announcements for the day. Check these out, then go ahead and feel free to check out for the day. You’ve earned it. Have a great weekend!

The Baltimore Sun starts us off today with a story about how a summer camp for homeless children is helping to ease their transition between elementary and middle schools. The article notes, “the 104-year-old Camp St. Vincent began its program this week, attempting to see that the most vulnerable students don’t fall through the cracks and sustain substantial learning loss during the summer.”

Digital learning can provide resources to isolated rural schools and districts. The Hechinger Report describes how digital learning can open up opportunities for students in small districts in rural communities. “Some states, fearing a divide between rural and urban communities, have developed statewide initiatives to provide technology to rural schools. Maine, for instance, gives every student a laptop, and Alabama requires all school districts to offer Advanced Placement courses through distance-learning technology, where students video-conference with teachers.”

This week, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), one of two federally funded state assessment consortia, convened to discuss the definition of college readiness in English/language arts and math. The discussion underpins the tests PARCC will produce in 2014-15. Education Week has the story.

Finally, Gene Wilhoit, the executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), has this commentary in Education Week on how the states are raising the bar by implementing the Common Core State Standards.

Enjoy your weekend, folks! If you’re sticking around for a bit today, we’ll have the Report Round-up shortly.

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