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Stats that Stick: March 28, 2012

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March 28, 2012 07:56 pm

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Average reading level of high school students today: 5.3

A compilation of the top 40 books teens in grades 9-12 are reading in school shows that the average reading level of that list is barely above the fifth grade. The report reflects trends in national reading scores, which remain low. On the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress, only 34 percent of fourth and eight grade students were rated reading “proficient.”

Estimated number of school districts nationwide exhibiting suspicious test scores: 200

According to an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, hundreds of school systems nationwide exhibit suspicious test scores that point to the possibility of cheating.  The report indicates that 196 of the nation’s 3,125 largest school districts had enough suspect test results that the odds of the results occurring naturally were less than one in 1,000.

Number of dollars available through the Dept. of Education’s third round of Investing in Innovation competition: 150 million

Just as in the previous two competitions, bigger grants are available for ideas that have more evidence of past success. The largest are “scale-up” grants of up to $25 million, while $15 million in “validation” grants will be available to those with moderate evidence. Find the “scale-up” application here and “validation” application here.

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