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January 07, 2011 10:49 am

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State High School Tests: Exit Exams and Other Assessments from the Center on Education Policy. This annual report on high school exit exams discusses new developments in state high school exit exam policies and how students enrolled in school in states with these policies are affected.

States’ Progress and Challenges in Implementing Common Core State Standardsalso from the Center on Education Policy. This survey found that states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards have plans for changing policies and programs, such as developing or adopting new assessments, modifying curriculum materials, and offering professional development for teachers, to ensure that the standards are fully implemented at the classroom level. However, many of these changes will not be fully in place until 2013 or later.

30 Large Urban School Districts Show Better Relative Academic Performance Than Their States for African-American, Hispanic, or Low-Income Students from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. This study presents findings from data collected in the Broad Prize selection process on large urban districts with higher-than-state-average performance among African-American, Latino, and low-income students and the policies and practices behind their success.

NCSL Fiscal Brief: Top Fiscal Issues for 2011 Legislative Sessions from the National Conference of State Legislators. According to this report, legislative fiscal officers in 31 states said budget gaps and the diminished flow of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars will dominate legislative sessions in 2011.

Learning Science:Computer Games, Simulations, and Education from the National Academies Press. This report reviews the available research on learning science through interaction with digital simulations and games.

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