It’s been a decade since JoAnn “Jody” Leleck helped transform Montgomery County’s lowest-performing school into one of its high achievers — a decade since she was clocking so many hours at Broad Acres Elementary that her staff fondly dubbed her “Ms. 7-11.”Read full article >>
Earlier this week I published a post titled “Pearson’s wrong answer — and why it matters in the high-stakes testing era” by Sarah Blaine, a mother, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey who writes at her own parentingthecore blog. The post (which has been very popular) detailed what happened when her fourth-grade child came home with some school work and she discovered an error by Pearson, the giant education company, which, she noted, matters a great deal in this high-stakes testing era. It turns out that a Pearson official, Brandon Pinette, senior public affairs manager, posted a comment on Friday to the post on The Answer Sheet apologizing for the mistake.Read full article >>
A third generation Virginia educator whose lessons on farming explore the mysteries of plant life and the finer points of livestock care was named the state’s teacher of the year for 2015.
Jaclyn Marie Roller Ryan, a agriscience teacher at Signal Knob Middle School near Strasburg, was among eight finalists in the state for the honor. The surprise announcement was made Friday at a hotel in Richmond by Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples and state board of education president Christian N. Braunlich.Read full article >>
A high school teacher from Howard County who helped boost minority enrollment in Advanced Placement courses and improve minority success rates on exams was named Friday as Maryland’s 2014-15 Teacher of the Year.Read full article >>
Students and staff at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts are mourning the loss of their principal, who died suddenly Thursday night.
John Payne collapsed at the school and was taken to the hospital. He died of an apparent heart attack.Read full article >>
The Norwegian Nobel Committee just did what it should have done in 2013: Give the Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai, the inspirational 17-year-old Pakistani who advocates for the right of girls to get a formal education — and who nearly died after being shot by Taliban gunmen who did not want girls to go to school.Read full article >>
The head of the Silicon Valley university at the forefront of the digital revolution in teaching and learning warned more than two years ago that “there’s a tsunami coming” in higher education. In hindsight, Stanford University President John L. Hennessy’s assessment could be seen as overstated.Read full article >>
(Update: College Board releases SAT data tables after pressure from journalists, particularly my colleague Nick Anderson.)
In case you missed it, the 2014 SAT test scores were just released and looked stubbornly like the scores from 2013. Naturally, the results were met with alarm by those who seem to really believe that the college admissions exam scores are truly reflective of readiness for college and/or how well an individual student will do in college. If they really were that valuable, the College Board, which owns the exam, wouldn’t be creating a substantially revised test — set for unveiling in 2016 — for the second time since 2005.Read full article >>
A former deputy school superintendent in Howard County has been named the interim chief financial officer for Prince George’s County School System.
Ray Brown was welcomed by Schools Chief Kevin M. Maxwell at Thursday night’s board meeting.Read full article >>