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June 10, 2011 02:24 pm

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Affirming the Goal: Is College and Career Readiness an Internationally-Competitive Standard? by ACT Inc. According to this study, the implementation of Common Core State Standards in English/language arts and math could potentially propel the U.S. toward becoming one of the top ten countries in reading and math performance as well as help all students succeed in life after high school.

Children, Media, and Race: Media Use Among White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian American Children from the Center on Media and Human Development School of Communication Northwestern University. This report explores the health and educational implications of racial and ethnic differences in young people’s media usage.

Restructuring Resources for High-Performing Schools A Primer for State Policymakers—Summary from Education Resource Strategies. This report examines four areas in which state policymakers can make a big difference: how schools organize personnel and time, how districts and schools spend special education dollars, how districts allocate resources to schools and students, and what information districts gather on resources and spending.

Growth Models and Accountability: A Recipe for Remaking ESEA from Education Sector. This report argues that Congress should incorporate some measurement of student growth into any accountability system. Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, schools were held almost exclusively accountable for absolute levels of student performance. But that meant that even schools that were making great strides with students were still labeled as “failing,” just because the students had not yet made it all the way to a “proficient” level of achievement.

Education and Certification Qualifications of Departmentalized Public High School-Level Teachers of Core Subjects: Evidence From the 2007–08 Schools and Staffing Survey from National Center for Education Statistics. According to this report, roughly 30% of chemistry and physics teachers in high schools did not major in these fields and haven’t earned a certificate to teach those subjects.

The Fiscal Survey of the States: Spring 2011 from National Governors Association and the National Association of State Budget Officers. While state revenues are on the rise during the sluggish economic recovery, state expenses, including health care costs and K-12 education, are outpacing that growth, according to a new report.

The Fiscal Survey of the States: Spring 2011 from RAND. This report finds fiscal conditions in FY 2011, which ends June 30 for most states, are largely better than in FY 2009 and FY 2010, yet states “face numerous fiscal challenges” in FY 2012, including the loss of funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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