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September 21, 2011 06:36 pm

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Teachers Detroit plans to cut over the next four years: 40 percent
Detorit Public Schools expects to shed nearly 40 percent of its teachers in the next four years to help close a $327 million deficit, yet projects a loss of just 6,000 students under a state-approved fiscal blueprint, according to the Detroit News. The district would cut more than 1,500 teachers by fall 2015.

First-year teacher attrition rate: 10 percent
According to a new data analysis from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, out of 2,000 teachers it tracked, nearly a tenth of those who began teaching in 2007 or 2008 left in the first year. Three-quarters of beginning teachers stayed in the same school in their second year of teaching, but the others moved to another public school or even another school district. This was the first release of data from the Beginning Teacher Longitudinal Study, which was begun a few years ago to track the career paths of beginning teachers from 2007 and 2008, according to Education Week.

Number of 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools: 305
The U.S. Department of Education named 305 schools as 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence or for their success in closing achievement gaps. The Department will honor the entire 256 public and 49 private schools with their National Blue Ribbon School awards at a conference and awards ceremony Nov. 14-15 in Washington, D.C.

Students who scored in the 90th percentile or higher on a math exam in sixth grade fell below that threshold by 10th grade: 30 percent
A large number of America’s highest-performing middle school students regress during high school, according to a new study released by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. The institute followed 120,000 students at more than 1,500 schools as they studied the transition between elementary school and middle school and the transition between middle school and high school. Nearly one third of students who were high-achieving in sixth grade, 90th percentile or higher on a math exam, fell below that by 10th grade. More troubling, almost half of “high flyers” in middle school reading fell below the 90th percentile by 10th grade.

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