AM News: Baltimore & Chicago Report 2012 Scores
Absent, suspended city students falling further behind on MSAs>/a>bsp;Baltimore Sun: For the third year in a row, Baltimore's scores on state tests show a double-digit achievement gap between chronically absent students and their peers who attend school regularly, and the system's recent spike in suspensions has created a similar disparity.
Elementary test scores hit record but up by tiniest margin since ’05 Sun Times: Chicago’s elementary test scores hit a record high during the first year of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s watch but rose by the smallest margin — only 0.9 of a percentage point — since 2005, preliminary data released Monday indicated.
Education's pendulum: Thinkers or test takers? LA Times: The people of a large and mighty nation wonder why their schools can't do more to imitate those of another large, powerful nation across the Pacific Ocean. But this time it's not the United States seeking to emulate the schools of an Asian country — it's China seeking to emulate ours, at least to some extent.
Can Character Be Taught? NBC News: On July 1st, NBC's Andrea Mitchell discussed the role that character, grit, persistence and other non-cognitive skills can play in education with Dominic Randolph, Russell Shaw, and Paul Tough at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, CO. (NBC News)
Can Arne Duncan hoop with Team USA's women? USA Today:
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan shows up to practice against Tamika Catchings and the U.S. women. But does he have game?
Not very impressive, I know. See also "Weekend Reading" (below) for more education stories.