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

Fordham's latest

"Do demographic shifts explain cities’ test-score changes?," by Michael J. Petrilli, Flypaper

"The end of higher education as we know it?," by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Flypaper

"The unheralded virtues of grown-up policymaking, New Jersey-style," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

In a study of student mobility, the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education found that more than 6,200 students left traditional and charter schools from October 2011–June 2012—and did not re-enroll in any D.C. public school. (Washington Post)

When watching tonight’s State of the Union address, be on the lookout for references to early-childhood education and college access. (Politics K–12)

A new study of teacher mobility contends that charter schools have many of the same staffing problems as traditional public schools. (Inside School Research)

The state of Maryland has told nine counties, including Montgomery County, to have the Maryland School Assessment comprise at least 20 percent of their teacher evaluations. (Washington Post)

In Georgia, just under 59 percent of students who took a new Common Core–aligned algebra course did not meet the standard; under the old math course in 2010, 52 percent met or exceeded the standard. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Wish Congress would get a move-on with ESEA reauthorization? Netflix’s House of Cards shows them how it’s done. (Politics K–12)

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