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Stats That Stick: August 3, 2011

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August 03, 2011 06:47 pm

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Once nearly 100 percent, the teacher tenure rate in New York City dropped to 58 percent of under tougher evaluation guidelines that the city put into effect this year. A decision on tenure was deferred for 39 percent of eligible teachers, up from 8 percent a year ago. (New York Times)

Four out of 10 new public school teachers hired since 2005 came through alternative teacher-preparation programs, according to a survey just released by the National Center for Education Information,  up from 22 percent of new teachers hired between 2000 and 2004. (Education Week)

On Tuesday, the Kentucky Department of Education reported that for the 2009–10 school year, the state’s high school graduation rate was 76.6 percent. (Bowling Green Daily News)

The South Dakota Education Department reported Tuesday that 94 percent of the state’s public school districts made adequate yearly progress under the federal education improvement law, down 1 percentage point from a year ago; about 80 percent of the individual schools made adequate yearly progress. (Rapid City Journal)

Idaho school progress stagnated last year, with only 62 percent of schools again meeting targets. (Idaho Statesman)

One out of three public school educators report pressure from bosses, parents, or others to change grades, and nearly 30 percent say pressure to cheat on standardized tests is a problem at their school. (Education Week)

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