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Stats that Stick: December 21, 2011

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December 21, 2011 04:14 pm

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States that are seeking to limit the level of online interaction between teachers and students: 12.

California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia all have school boards that are updating or are revising their social media policies this fall. Many of these reviews come after parents have complained of inappropriate materials posted on personal pages of teaching professionals.

States that will share $500 million in early-learning grant money from the “Race to the Top” competition: 9.

California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington will share money to aid the nation’s youngest learners as part of President Obama’s “Race to the Top” grant competition. The initiative had states competing for federal dollars to create programs that focus on K-12 education in order to make schools more effective.

Percent of students ages 13-17 who admit to some form of cheating using the Internet: 52.

Teens are getting far more creative when it comes to cheating and with advances in technology, it’s becoming increasingly easy to utilize online tools to get ahead of the curve. From digitally scanning answers onto the back of soft drink labels to taking pictures of an entire test with camera phones, educators are faced with the challenge of being a step of ahead of digital cheaters.

Percent of U.S. schools not meeting the requirements of No Child Left Behind: 48.

According to the Center on Education Policy, 48 percent of schools are not meeting Adequate Yearly Progress, also known as, AYP. This is approximately a 9 percent increase from last year and an all-time high. This is just an estimate but official numbers will be available early next year.

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