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In Washington State, Political Stand Puts Schools in a Bind

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 9:34pm
The state refuses to base teacher evaluations on student scores, which triggers an outdated standard: that every student be proficient in reading and math.






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The legacy of a school transformed: Name changed to honor educator Jody Leleck

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 6:44pm

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.”

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Strauss: Pearson apologizes to mom for wrong answer

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 10:30am

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.

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<p>A third generation Virginia educator

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:02pm

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.

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As Apprentices in Classroom, Teachers Learn What Works

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:17pm
A charter school training program reflects the belief that teachers, like doctors, need to practice repeatedly with experienced supervisors before they can take the reins in classes of their own.






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Maryland chooses Howard County educator as Teacher of the Year

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:10pm

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.

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Plagiarism Costs Degree for Senator John Walsh

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 8:43pm
The Army War College rescinded a master’s degree awarded to John E. Walsh of Montana after determining that he had copied large portions of a paper.






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Principal of Failing Brooklyn School Quits, Saying City Lacks an Education Plan

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 8:04pm
Bernard Gassaway, the principal of Boys and Girls High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, offered Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Education Department one of its sternest public rebukes yet.






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Duke Ellington School of the Arts mourns death of principal John Payne

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 6:41pm

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.

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Motherlode Blog: Celebrate It. Rant About It. Either Way, Dinner Must Be Served.

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 6:25pm
Someone has to figure out some way for the family to eat. Here’s what our dinners will look like next week.






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Motherlode Blog: Unwrapping the Comfort of Sameness With Spanish Immersion Elementary School

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 5:37pm
As a missionary’s kid, I grew up in speaking a language not my own and playing with children not like me. To find the same experience for my daughter, I had to make her the outsider.






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Strauss: The amazing thing Malala plans to say if a Taliban gunman approaches her again

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 5:22pm

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.

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Stanford’s Hennessy on technology, college ratings, sex assault prevention — and more

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 3:45pm

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.

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Strauss: The serious problem with the 2014 SAT scores

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 3:39pm

(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.

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Sexual Assault Case Against Treon Harris Is Dropped

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 3:36pm
The female student who accused Harris, the University of Florida’s starting quarterback, of sexual battery withdrew her criminal complaint Friday.
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Okla. Assessments in a State of Uncertainty

Education Week - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:58pm
The state is scrambling to hire a company to administer winter tests used for high school graduation after McGraw-Hill Education CTB withdrew from a proposed contract.
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Former Howard County school official named Prince George’s interim CFO

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:51pm

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.

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N.C. students get creative with Global Cardboard Challenge

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 1:31pm
Students at Southwest Elementary School in North Carolina recently participated in the Global Cardboard Challenge, in which t -More
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