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Morning Announcements: May 12, 2011

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May 12, 2011 03:53 pm

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In his School of Thought blog with TIME magazine, Andrew Rotherham answers the question, “Why the Hispanic Student Crisis Is Going Ignored“.

The National Education Association officials announced that they would put a policy statement before the union’s governing body for approval that, among other changes, would open the door to the use of “valid, reliable, high-quality standardized tests,” in combination with multiple other measures, for evaluating teachers, Education Week reports.

The Christian Science Monitor reports that President Obama will deliver a commencement address to Students at Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tennessee as part of the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge.

The amount of instructional time offered at Hawaii elementary schools varies widely, but there appears to be no correlation between campuses with shorter school days and those meeting annual learning benchmarks, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reports.

Bob Tedeschi of the New York Times writes, “Apps that help teenagers study for the SAT (or, for those not living on either coast, the ACT) are improving, as traditional test-prep businesses like Princeton Review and Kaplan refine their mobile software to compete with start-ups.”

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