First Bell: 12-11-12

A first look at today's most important education news:

Fordham's latest

"The Diverse Schools Dilemma on the air and on the net," by Pamela Tatz, Flypaper

"A few good recent reads," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

While U.S. fourth-graders made progress in the math section of the most recent international achievement exams, American students still lag behind their counterparts. (Wall Street Journal and New York Times)

The Wall Street Journal profiles School of One, a program that tracks individual students’ progress with a computer algorithm and adjusts their curriculums accordingly.

The Brookings Institution released its Education Choice and Competition Index, which graded over 100 metropolitan areas on the availability of education options and their policies governing choice; D.C. ranked third. (Brookings and Washington Post)

Politics K-12 examines how Impact Aid districts, funding for which would end immediately if Congress and the administration do not come to a deal on the deficit, are preparing for the possible cuts.

President Enrique Pena Nieto plans to overhaul Mexico’s flagging school system, beginning with a swipe at the juggernaut teacher union—led by king-maker Elba Esther Gordillo. (Reuters)

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