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Morning Round-up April 2, 2007

Taking the Trick Out of Tapping Into Federal Aid WaPo
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is filled out by 14 million students each year who apply for federal financial aid. But the questionnaire is so mind-bogglingly complicated that many others just give up and miss out on government grants.

For Girls, It's Be Yourself, and Be Perfect , Too
NYT
“Amazing girls” translation: Girls by the dozen who are high achieving, ambitious and confident (if not immune to the usual adolescent insecurities and meltdowns). Girls who do everything: Varsity sports. Student government. Theater. Community service. Girls who have grown up learning they can do anything a boy can do, which is anything they want to do.

Assessment Coach Is Always Being Tested WaPo
The proliferation of testing coordinators, once an unheard-of position, is part of the response to the boom in standardized testing.

Growth Models for NCLB Accountability Are Weighed
EdWeek
Not all states have the data capabilities to operate so-called growth models, and many others would need to revise their testing programs to take full advantage of them.

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