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Closing The Expectations Gap: States Make Strides To Implement College- And Career-Ready Policies http://huff.to/QIpxtb 

For its seventh annual “Closing the Expectations Gap” report, Achieve surveyed all 50 states and the District of Columbia about their college- and career-ready (CCR) policies, including aligning standards, graduation requirements, assessments and accountability systems with the expectations of postsecondary institutions and employers. For the first time, the survey also inquired about the implementation of said policies....(Via Huffington Post - Education)
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SAT scores down, meanwhile ACT becomes more popular http://huff.to/RX1fc9 

Average national scores on two of the three sections of the SAT college entrance exam edged down for the high school class of 2012, which was the first in which more students took the rival ACT exam than the SAT..(Via Huffington Post - Education)
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Pointer of the Week: Top 10 Ways to Improve Reading Skills http://bit.ly/KsOfxq 

Nothing is more important to academic achievement than being a good reader. Parents know their children best and can provide the one-on-one time and attention that will lead them to success in reading. Here is a list of ways to help your children become more effective readers...(Via Family Education)
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NAEP Shows Most Students Lack Writing Proficiency http://bit.ly/RRJCK1 

After decades of paper-and-pencil tests, the new results from the “nation’s report card” in writing come from a computer-based assessment for the first time, but only about one-quarter of the 8th and 12th graders performed at the proficient level or higher. And the proficiency rates were far lower for black and Hispanic students....(Via Education Week)
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INFOGRAPHIC: Charter School Attendance Has Quadrupled Over 10 Years
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US children attending charter schools – publicly funded alternative schools run under contract – have more than quadrupled in 10 years. Their numbers have gone from 340,000 in 1999-2000 to more than 1.6 million in 2009-2010. Contrary to some perceptions, a majority of charter schools are urban (54.8% are in cities) and multicultural (the Hispanic percentage of the charter school population is increasing, from 19.6% in 2000 to 26.1% in 2010, while white and African American proportions declined slightly)...(Via Huffington Post - Education)
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Golden Nugget: Inspire a love of reading in your child with Scholastic’s Book Club! http://bit.ly/IzoVEh 
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U.S. News Releases 2013 Best Graduate Schools Rankings http://bit.ly/A8Rk7S 

As if sticking to new year's resolutions, graduate schools slimmed down in a variety of ways in 2011 and early 2012. From slicing curricula in half to increasing online or blended programs, many universities are trimming weight, in part to fight concerns about rising tuition costs.(Via US News Education)
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The Decision: Student opinions on pre-professional majors and the job market http://usat.ly/Rzx0XV 

The recent economy has been similar to the morning after a rough college night.

Four years after the collapse of the housing market, job-hunting collegians still find it hard to escape the nation’s post-recession hangover... (Via USA Today College)
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Pointer of the Week: Your kids should be getting MORE sleep http://bit.ly/Q7tXLZ 

A new research study out of the University of California, Los Angeles, reports the "somewhat surprising" finding that spending extra time studying tends to negativelyaffect high school students' academic performance in school the next day. But there's also a perfectly logical explanation for this: When students study more, the researchers found, they tend to sleep less...(Via Education Week - Teacher)
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Recognizing the Parent Role in Character Education http://bit.ly/TKg5Xz 

When I was a boy, it seemed that everyone was deeply proud of America's schools and the values of the students within them. You don't hear much of that these days. When it comes to our kids, it seems we have devolved to a point where we care more about what they can do than about who they are…and they know it. That represents a depressing turn for all of us...(Via Education Week)
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