Morning Announcements: August 18, 2010
New data shows that fewer than 25 percent of 2010 graduates who took the ACT college entrance exam have the academic skills necessary to pass entry-level courses, according to the Wall Street Journal. Check out this interactive graph, also by the WSJ, showing how prepared the class of 2010 is for college. Education Week reports on the same results and finds, “Far more students are taking the ACT, but Hispanic and black students were less likely to reach score levels that are predictive of college success.”
The New York Times takes a look at how states are deciding to use their share of the $26 billion federal aid package, writing:
As schools handed out pink slips to teachers this spring, states made a beeline to Washington to plead for money for their ravaged education budgets. But now that the federal government has come through with $10 billion, some of the nation’s biggest school districts are balking at using their share of the money to hire teachers right away.
The Detroit Press editorial staff weighs in on turnaround plans for Michigan’s 92-worst performing schools.
Two Delaware high schools will receive $3.1 million in School Improvement Grant funds to make curriculum changes aimed at raising student achievement on state standardized tests, according to Delaware Online.