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AM News: Vouchers, Career Training, & Common Core


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Boehner and Lieberman Save the DC Voucher Program  EducationNews: As a compromise with the Obama Administration, the program will be funded for the next fiscal year, and will operate without student caps for the first time.

5 Percent of Job Programs Fail Test on Graduates’ Success NYT:  The Department of Education is issuing data on Tuesday showing that 5 percent of career-training programs failed all three requirements of the department’s new gainful-employment regulations.

Common Core Legislation: How Did Your State Do?  StateWatch: So far, 45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted both sets of standards, and Minnesota has adopted only the language arts standards. The first assessments tied to the common core are due to come online in the 2014-15 school year.

A Year Without Mexican-American Studies in Tuscon NPR: An Arizona law that went into effect last year essentially ruled that the Mexican-American studies program offered in the Tucson public school system was divisive and should be scrapped. At the end of the first semester without the classes, hard feelings still linger.

The lies behind diploma mills DE News Journal: Lewis does not need a Ph.D. to be school leader at Pencader. The state does not require any specific credentials for school leaders, a measure that’s meant to give charter schools flexibility to be innovative. Lewis holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and an undergraduate degree in math education from the University of Delaware.

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It doesn’t really surprise me that the job training program in NY has 5% failure rates. I’d actually suspect, with the economy being the way it is, that things would be worse.

I’m actually surprised Common Core was struck down in VT. Not necessarily disappointed, the concept seems to solidify the notion that development and learning should be exactly the same for all students, but surprised. Recently our government’s been looking for easy ways out.

The Common Core may set certification standards, or if better handled, qualification standards, meaning it would certify a certain level of mastery, at least in the two subjects it addresses, as the original master's degrees did, and ideally would actually qualify those who successfully achieve them for something those graduates would find useful, as the baccalaureat qualifies French secondary school graduates for free university schooling. Not all students would be expected to qualify or to reach such standards, but the hope is that most would. But to be useful they will need to be linked to good assessments to determine if those standards are being met, and our assessments have been very weak so far. In English, if you don't assess writing by having the students actually write, your assessment completely lacks validity, but that hasn't stopped 18 years of bad assessing in California.

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