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Analysis finds U.S. grad rates reaching record high (The Atlantic): High-school graduation rates are continuing to climb across the U.S., according to a new report released by Johns Hopkins University, Civic Enterprises and several other organizations. The researchers project that 90 percent of students will earn a diploma by 2020.

Key researcher says grit isn’t ready for high-stakes evaluations (NPR): Grit is one of the buzziest words in education today, but a key researcher says it would be a mistake to start tying teacher evaluations to students’ levels of grit right now. Most measurements of grit currently rely on self reporting; Angela Duckworth says she would like to see measurements that involve a real-life test of self control, similar to the famous marshmallow test.

Tacoma teachers contemplate walk out (The News Tribune): Teachers in Tacoma will meet next week to decide whether they will stage a one-day strike as educators have already done in several other local districts.

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