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Morning Announcements: September 2, 2011

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September 02, 2011 03:30 pm

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The Chicago Tribune reports on its analysis of data made available to the public for the first time which show graduates of Illinois’ public high schools are struggling in college. The data show these students struggle to get a B average as freshmen at the state’s universities and community colleges, even after leaving top-performing high schools with good grades. In fact, public school graduates at 10 of the state’s 11 four-year universities averaged less than a 3.0 GPA their freshman year.

According to the Huffington Post, New Jersey is set to launch new teacher evaluation today that will evaluate teachers at 10 schools by equally weighing a student’s academic and classroom performance. In a guest column published in the Star-Ledger Thursday, New Jersey acting Commissioner of Education Chris Cerf writes that it is time to come up with a better evaluation system to replace the confusing one that exist now.

Over in South Dakota, a new standard for evaluating teachers has been put on hold after state legislators told the state Department of Education officials they needed more information. The panel’s approval normally would be the last step needed to implement the program, but lgislators deferred the issue due to a lack of information, according to the Argus Leader.

Minneapolis public school officials are trying to get students who dropped out to come back to high school. Officials are seeking volunteers to go knock on doors and encourage dropouts to come back to finish their education. According to Minnesota Public Radio, roughly 1,300 teen and adult students who attended classes last year haven’t returned this fall.

Colorado communities and school districts will get more than $54 million from state revenue this year, an increase from $37 million last year, Gov. John Hickenlooper said, according to the Associated Press.

The Khan Academy program — an educational website that provides students with virtual lessons and other resources for learning various subjects – is expanding thanks to new funds. The Los Altos School District is preparing information to give to parents on the expansion after the district received a $100,000 grant to pay for teacher training and a part-time math coach, according to Los Altos Patch.

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