Thursday Notes -- October 1, 2009
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New Draft of College-And Career-readiness Standards Released

The Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association, through its Center for Best Practices, recently released their first official draft of proposed K—12 common core state academic standards. The public may comment on them through Oct. 21. The draft provides guidelines for determining college- and career-readiness in English language arts and mathematics for students nationwide and offers more detailed expectations for states. Forty-eight states and three outlying areas have agreed to take part in the effort known as the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Its goal is to develop common research- and evidence-based standards that align with college and work expectations, include rigorous content and skills, and are internationally benchmarked.

Ten States and D.C. to Participate in OVAE's Second PBF Workshop

Ten states and D.C. have been selected to participate in OVAE's second National Training Workshop Oct. 28—30 in Bethesda, Md., to learn the basics of performance-based funding (PBF) systems and how to use them in adult education programs. The 10 states are: Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, and Texas. States need not have taken steps toward implementing PBF, but must have described in their applications any commitment to using PBF, state fiscal or staff resources available to support it, and actions the state had taken to develop and implement a PBF formula.

Maryland Names ABE State Director and Correctional Education Director

Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation recently announced the appointment of Patricia Tyler as deputy assistant secretary for adult education and Alice Wirth as deputy assistant secretary for correctional education. Tyler has served in the state’s adult education administration since 1998 as education program specialist for workforce development and family literacy and as chief of the adult instructional services section at the Maryland State Department of Education. She began her career in adult education in the Greenwich, Conn., public schools, teaching GED test preparation and English language learning. Wirth was the former principal at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women and has worked with adult basic education students for more than 23 years.

2008 ACS State-by-State Data Released

You can check your state's 2008 national ranking based on its percentage of high school graduates or persons five years old and above who speak English less than very well by using the Census Web site's 2008 American Community Survey data. Other useful tables for statewide planning are also available there. You can find your state's 2008 dropout rate based on the Census data in the state-by-state listing posted by The Annie E. Casey foundation. City and regional data are also shown there.

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