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Opponents of the Common Core State Standards take aim at assessments aligned to the standards, seeing them as a weak link that may slow the common core's momentum. (Education Week)
Dozens of Teach for America members looking to get placed in Minnesota classrooms are facing tougher scrutiny from the state. (Associated Press)
Colorado districts will begin using high-stakes teacher effectiveness ratings this fall, after three years of development and pilot testing. (Associated Press)
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The Walton Family Foundation, already the largest single donor to Teach For America, has committed an additional $20 million to recruit, train, and place an additional 4,000 corps members.
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A majority of states say they have already begun to teach a curriculum aligned with the Common Core State Standards in at least some districts or grade levels.
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The common-core standards lack an essential element in ignoring civics education, Web Hutchins writes. (Education Week)

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A recent Gallup poll found that only 35.1 percent of new teachers are "engaged," defined as "deeply involved in and enthusiastic about their work and actively contributing to their organization." New teachers are more engaged than other new professionals, but their engagement also drops more quickly than non-teachers'. Just 30.9 percent of teachers who have taught for one to three years are engaged.

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