We education wonks have been arguing for years about the amount of testing in schools, even though we usually don’t know what we are talking about. It’s too much! It’s not! I don’t recall anyone providing any information about how much time is actually devoted to testing each year.Read full article >>
Should government funds be spent trying to educate severely disabled children like the late Ethan Rediske, who was severely brain-damaged, blind and confined to a wheelchair? Andrea Rediske, his mom, explains in this powerful post why the answer is “yes” -- but why insisting on giving him and other severely disabled children standardized tests is ludicrous.Read full article >>
What is Social Emotional Learning? According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, it involves
the processes through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.Read full article >>
Alexandria’s newly named schools superintendent, Alvin L. Crawley, said that in the coming years, he plans to see all of the city’s schools fully accredited and ranking as high performers. He also aspires to ensure that they teach character and not merely cognitive skills.Read full article >>
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The International Baccalaureate is a non-profit educational foundation that offers several intellectually challenging programs for students from the ages of 3 to 19 that are used in schools around the world. In the United States, there are some 1,495 schools that offer one or more of the IB programs, and there are more than 1 million students in IB programs in more than 3,700 schools in 147 countries.Read full article >>
St. Ann’s Academy, a private Catholic elementary and middle school that has been part of its Northwest Washington community for decades, will close at the end of this academic year because of declining enrollment and a large budget gap.Read full article >>
The U.S. Department of Education is allowing California to bypass federal requirements by giving standardized tests in math and reading to millions of public school students this spring without publicly reporting results or using them to hold schools or teachers accountable.Read full article >>
Students at the District’s Eliot-Hine Middle School formally launched a new joint television-radio broadcast program Friday, choosing Chancellor Kaya Henderson as their interview subject for the half-hour show.Read full article >>
The school year in Montgomery County could be extended until June 19 -- a week longer than expected -- unless the county seeks out and receives a state waiver, officials say.
So far, Montgomery schools have been closed nine days for severe winter weather — five days more than planned when the calendar was created by the school board. State law requires at least 180 days of instruction.Read full article >>