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Morning Announcements: October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010 04:00 am

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Morning_Announcements3The Oregonian editorial board calls for the State Board of Education to join 40 other states in embracing the common core state standards and to raise the testing bar in the state’s K-8 and high school math programs.

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman writes about a National Academies study that has received much less attention that it deserves. The report recommend 10 actions the federal government could take to enhance science and technology so America could successfully compete in the 21st century. For the Alliance’s summary of the report, see this article in Straight A’s.

Last week, the New York City school system announced that it would release the ratings for nearly 12 thousand teachers based on student test scores. If the ratings are released to the public despite a pending teachers union lawsuit, the city could get slapped with suits by hundreds of teachers who have called a union hotline to report errors, according to the New York Daily News.

Georgia state officials have announced that the state’s high school graduation rate rose 2 percentage points this year, bringing to a record 80.8 percent. However the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that some national education experts say the 17-point gain in graduation rate over seven years cited by the state  is suspect because of  a flawed system used to calculate it.

The New York Times profiles a high school in a remote Maine town that faced with dropping enrollment and revenue, is fixed on an unlikely source of salvation: Chinese teenagers.

Delaware’s public school students scored about the same this year as last in social studies and science on Delaware Student Testing Program assessments, according to Delaware Online.

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