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April 21, 2012

Links and Comments on Arne Duncan's Madison Visit

via a kind reader:

Alexander Russo linked the Badger Herald's video excerpt:

(I hope that the common core standards will lead to high school graduates knowing when to use "fewer" instead of "less," because evidently a Princeton degree doesn't \snark. It's interesting to see the Madison business community represented in this video, given the economic development implications of the district's challenges.)
(Good reporting by the Badger Herald.)
(The reflections by Dan Nerad and Sue Abplanalp on the district's achievement gap plan may be of interest here.)
(I think an earlier version of this article included a description of Kaleem Caire asking Secretary Duncan if he was aware of other places that have been successful in addressing the achievement gap, and Duncan replying something to the effect of 'it's a challenge for everyone.' It would have been useful information for the audience if Duncan would have mentioned that Massachusetts reduced the percentage of low income black students performing at the below basic level on the NAEP in 4th grade reading from 54% to 43% between 2003 and 2011, compared to Wisconsin, where it went up from 62% to 67%.)

Posted by Jim Zellmer at April 21, 2012 5:19 AM
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