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AM News: Nationwide AP Scores Up, Reversing Stagnation

AP Scores Up, Reversing Stagnation WSJ: The average score on Advanced Placement exams increased last year for the first time in a decade, according to data released Wednesday by the College Board. The rise was slight—the nation's public-school graduating class of 2012 posted an average score of 2.83 out of 5, compared with 2.80 for 2011. However, it marked a change from years of declining or stagnating scores, which educators have attributed to the growing number of students taking the tests, many of them less well prepared. 


Teacher Survey Shows Record Low Job Satisfaction In 2012 HuffPostEdu:  As school districts continued to cut budgets, increase class sizes, and implement teacher performance evaluations, teachers' job satisfaction plummeted in 2012, reaching an all-time low, according to a survey released Thursday. 

Florida Contemplates 'Backup' Tests for Common Core CurriculumMatters: One of the most visible cheerleaders for the common standards and assessments says that his state needs a contingency plan in case the tests are not ready. At his first meeting with the state board of education since becoming commissioner of education in Florida, Tony Bennett told panelists that he will develop a plan for a statewide testing system for 2014-15 in case the common assessments being developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, aren't ready as promised.

Survey Finds Rising Job Frustration Among Principals EdWeek: A new national survey finds that three out of four K-12 public school principals, regardless of the types of schools they work in, believe the job has become “too complex,” and about a third say they are likely to go into a different occupation within next five years.

New York Times Wants High Schoolers to Document Their Experiences NYT: Well, just as the Farm Security Administration unleashed a team of photographers to chronicle the United States in the 1930s, Lens is beginning a new interactive project called “My Hometown.” In the coming months, we are asking high school students to help create a 21st century portrait of America, turning their cameras on their neighborhoods, families, friends and schools. 


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