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Cyber schools flunk, but tax money keeps flowing Politico: Lately, more states have begun measuring how much students actually learn during the school year — and a POLITICO review of the data shows many cyber schools are flunking that test.

Q&A with KIPP’s Dave Levin about Technology in Education Hechinger Report: One of his Los Angeles schools, which uses a lot of technology in the classroom, recently posted test scores so high (API = 991*) that it not only ranked as the highest performing school in the Los Angeles school district, but also the 10th highest performing elementary school in the State of California. 

A Report Card on Education Reform NYT: A discussion with Education Secretary Arne Duncan; Mitch Daniels, the president of Purdue University; and John Engler, the head of the Business Roundtable, about the state of the education system.

SAT Results For 2013 Show Low Rates Of College Preparedness HuffPost: Only 43 percent of test-takers in 2013 met the SAT's definition of being prepared for college, a statistic that has remained stagnant since 2009. The 1.6 million test-takers averaged 496 in reading, 514 on math and 488 on writing, according to a Thursday report released by the College Board, the company behind the notorious college entrance exams.

SAT scores hit eight-year high in Va.; D.C. also sees gains Washington Post: Virginia students received their highest scores ever on the modern SAT college admission test this year, and scores also rose in the District even as national averages remained unchanged. Maryland’s scores dropped for the third straight year, according to data for the Class of 2013 released Thursday.

7 states slashing education spending USA Today: While the majority of state school systems have cut spending between fiscal year 2008 and the upcoming fiscal year 2014, the cuts have been much more severe in some places than in others. 

Funding Pre-K WNYC: NYC Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio says he will tax the wealthy to pay for expanded pre-K; Joe Lhota opposes the idea. Geoffrey Decker, staff reporter at GothamSchools.org, examines both proposals and the research around the impact of pre-K on education and poverty.

A Nudge to Poorer Students to Aim High on Colleges NYT: Seniors with high SAT scores are receiving packets from the College Board encouraging them to apply to top colleges, part of a new outreach effort.

MacArthur 'Genius' On Grit, Self Control And Success NPR: Host Michel Martin speaks with psychologist Angela Duckworth, who was named a MacArthur "Genius" Fellow today. Duckworth's research shows how grit and self-control can predict future life success.

Plans for new rally draw out old tensions within charter sector GothamSchools: As in 2012, when Moskowitz spearheaded a similar rally, a number of prominent charter network operators who serve on the center’s board are not on the latest list of rally supporters. They include Jeff Litt of Icahn Charter Schools, Geoffrey Canada of Promise Academy Charter Schools, and Joseph Reich of Beginning with Children Charter Schools.

Common Core: Either you’re against it or you’ve never heard of it. Slate: According to its conservative detractors, it’s “Obamacore”—another massive overreach by the Obama administration into state and local decision-making. Then there’s the criticism from the left.

LAUSD halts home use of iPads for students after devices hacked LA Times: It took exactly one week for nearly 300 students at Theodore Roosevelt High School to hack through security so they could surf the Web on their new school-issued iPads, raising new concerns about a plan to distribute the devices to all students in the district.

High School Football Coach Suspends His Entire Team Deseret News: Amid reports of cyberbullying and other off-the-field problems plaguing his team, Labrum suspended his entire football team—80 players in total—after a loss last Friday to Judge Memorial Catholic High School.

Abandoning E.R.B. Test May Also Put End to a Status Symbol NYT: For the parents of some preschoolers in New York, a score below 99 on the admission test used by elite private schools can be a cause for concern.

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Congrats on your much-discussed Slate article, Alexander.

Bill Clinton is right: we should be giving "all our children a common core of knowledge necessary to ensure success"; but whether that's this Common Core is another question. I think Minnesota has taken the best position by adopting the Common Core for English Language Arts but rejecting it in favour of a higher, locally adopted set of standards for mathematics. The Common Core's mathematics standards are not internationally competitive, as our competitors across the Pacific and in Europe have their college-bound students ready for calculus in the 11th grade while ours will still not be ready for it, unless their curriculum is supplemented, even by the 13th (that is, the first year of college in standard American education).

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