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Md. student test scores drop significantly as state shifts to Common Core

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:01pm

Reading and math scores on Maryland’s state tests for elementary and middle school students dropped to their lowest levels in seven years, according to a Washington Post analysis of test data released Friday. Some state officials expected the drop, as Maryland schools are transitioning to new national academic standards that do not align with the state test.

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In Moody’s U.S. college credit ratings, downgrades far outnumber upgrades

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:30am

Howard University’s credit rating by Moody’s Investors Service fell this month for the second time in the past year, largely because of concerns about money troubles at its hospital.

But the historically black university in Northwest Washington has plenty of company: Moody’s has downgraded three dozen other four-year colleges and universities since July 2013, a sign of continuing financial fragility in higher education.

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Motherlode Blog: ‘All My Friends Are White’

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 10:23am
My son is black, but I’m not. Neither is his mother. We live in Singapore, where we don’t have that many friends of any color. I wish I had friends to give my son, but I don’t.






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The Learning Network: Summer Reading Contest, Week Five | What Interested You Most in The Times This Week?

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 7:01am
Our Summer Reading Contest is in its fifth week. To participate, just write in by 7 a.m. Eastern on July 18 and answer the question, “What interested you most in The Times this week?”






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Fleeing Gangs, Children Head to U.S. Border

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 4:30am
What do you think the president and Congress should do about the surge in unaccompanied child migrants trying to enter the United States?






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The Learning Network: Student Crossword | Classic Couples

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 3:34am
Test your knowledge of well-known couples by playing our crossword.






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Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 3:01am

In response to teachers who are uneasy with the Common Core State Standards, a major teachers union is offering to underwrite projects crafted by teachers to improve the math and reading standards.

Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, is expected to announce Friday that the union will give up to five grants worth as much as $30,000 to teachers for projects aimed at reforming the standards.

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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | retrograde

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:02am
This word has appeared in 76 New York Times articles in the past year.






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Most with college STEM degrees go to work in other fields, survey finds

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 9:27pm

People with bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and math are more likely than other college graduates to have a job, but most of them don’t work in STEM occupations, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released Thursday.

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Texas Tribune: Commitment in Texas to Fiscal Restraint Adds Burden for Education

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 9:14pm
Performance in schools has improved despite the state’s low per-student spending, but Texas teachers earn less money than their peers elsewhere and face other financial strains.






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Unanimous D.C. Council panel advances special-education overhaul

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 8:23pm

The D.C. Council’s Education Committee on Thursday unanimously supported special-education legislation intended to speed services to children and give parents more leverage in disputes.

The legislation, which is scheduled to go to the full council for a vote in the fall, is contained in a package of three bills that D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) proposed in March.

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UMUC studies ideas for restructuring amid steep enrollment declines

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 7:26pm

University of Maryland University College, the nation’s largest online public university, is weighing ideas to restructure its operations in response to steep enrollment declines in a hotly competitive market.

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Strauss: What libraries need from key U.S. technology program

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 5:02pm

I’ve published two posts this week about the federal “E-Rate” program — which offers discounts to schools and libraries  for Internet access and telecommunications — and a modernization plan that the Federal Communications Commission will take up at its meeting Friday.

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