The District’s Anacostia High School saw an enormous fluctuation in its student population in the 2012-13 school year, losing more than one in five students after the first month of school while gaining nearly twice as many during the school year. The enrollment swings left the school with a net student increase of 16 percent.Read full article >>
New York State Education Commissioner John King was on a “listening tour” this fall to ostensibly talk with the public about the Common Core State Standards and school reform but it got cut short when people in the crowd challenged him. Some forums were cancelled, but he is back on the circuit -- and on Tuesday, he had a very friendly crowd, courtesy of StudentsFirstNY, the New York branch of Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst advocacy organization. Here’s a description of that forum. It was written by Steven Mazie, who blogs at Big Think and The Economist and teaches at Bard High School Early College in New York City. Follow him on Twitter.Read full article >>
Last month, I asked whether parents and grandparents were worried about threats to annual testing caused by the national switch to the Common Core standards.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan had warned that California would be shortchanging students and their families if it held to its plan not to report school test averages next year. Almost everyone who responded to me said Duncan was wrong.Read full article >>
The first day of school in Fairfax will be Tuesday, Sept. 2 next fall, and the academic year will end on Friday, June 19 after the school board voted to approve the 2014-2015 calendar late last week.
The calendar will be similar to this year’s, with no major changes to the academic schedule.Read full article >>
The Maryland State Department of Education on Wednesday recognized two Washington-area schools with 2014 Blue Ribbon school awards for exemplary performance.
Cashell Elementary School in Montgomery County and Robert Goddard French Immersion School in Prince George’s County were among six schools statewide that were selected for high achievement and significant improvement.Read full article >>
Among public colleges in Virginia and Maryland, three consistently rank in the top 10 in a Kiplinger’s analysis of “best values” in the country: the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary, and the University of Maryland at College Park.Read full article >>