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Morning announcements: October 24, 2012

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October 24, 2012 02:28 pm

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A new report, scheduled to be released today, finds that women graduates earn less than their male peers just one year out of college. The research looked at the graduating class of 2007-8. Women earned an average of 82 percent of what the men made. The average woman earned $35,296 compared to the average man making $42,918. Washington Post

There’s good news this morning out of Virginia, where on-time high school graduation rates have risen to 88 percent. IT’s an increase of more than one percentage point from the previous year’s class. It has risen more than 7 percent since Virginia first reported graduation rates in 2008. Ed Week

I love good news, so I’ll keep it coming! Miami-Dade’s school district won the Broad Prize for Urban Education for its huge leaps in closing achievement gaps for black and Hispanic students, along with raising academic standards. The award will give “more than a half-million dollars in scholarships to Miami-Dade students graduating in 2013 who demonstrate need and show academic improvement.” Miami-Herald

D.C. is utilizing a digital learning program called, “Teach to One,” to increase learning in lowest-performing middle schools. The program utilizes a computer algorithm that assists students in knowing what they need to learn and do every day. “If it works like we think it will, it’ll be a game-changer,” said D.C. schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson. Washington Post

Online education is for more than adults seeking a college education; virtual instruction for K-12 is on the rise. During the last school year – 2011-2012, nearly 620,000 enrolled in online courses. There are also an increasing number of states and school districts requiring students to take online courses to graduate high school. US News & World Report 

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