A case centers on whether improvement on standardized testing was the result of teachers and principals changing answers.
A Richmond Circuit Court judge ruled Monday to keep associations representing educators and school boards out of a parent’s legal fight to obtain evaluation data for individual teachers. Brian Davison, a Loudoun County parent, sued the Virginia Department of Education to get student-growth percentile data, saying that he believed that the public has a right to know what the data says about the quality of public school teachers. Student-growth percentiles were created to gauge student academic growth with the aim of using it to measure how effective a teacher is in helping students learn.Read full article >>
What happens when friendships grow distant because one or both people have trouble staying in touch?
More high school students of minority backgrounds and from poor families are graduating, the U.S. Department of Education announced Monday. New data shows that not only does the high school graduation rate for the country as a whole continue to rise, but also that the increase was particularly pronounced among black, Hispanic and American Indian kids and for economically disadvantaged students.Read full article >>
Six applicants have submitted proposals to the D.C. Public Charter School Board this spring to open new charter schools in the District, representing a variety of schools across all grade levels.The applications include proposals for a school focused on service learning, a Montessori elementary program, an alternative school and a competency-based program for teenagers and young adults.Read full article >>
President Obama on Monday praised recent academic gains in the nation’s urban public school systems and warned of a fight if the Republican-led Congress fails to provide adequate funds for the neediest students.Read full article >>
In the coming weeks, college acceptances will start rolling in for a select group of high-school seniors vying to get into the three dozen or so most-selective colleges and universities in the country. Most seniors planning to go to college this fall already have been accepted somewhere, either because they applied early or they chose less-selective schools that notify applicants almost immediately of their decision.Read full article >>
Fairfax Schools Superintendent Karen Garza announced the hiring of a new communications chief for the state’s largest school system.Garza named Matt Guilfoyle as the school district’s executive director for communications and community relations. Guilfoyle joined the Fairfax system March 9 and had previously served as a public affairs officer in the office of the Architect of the Capitol in Washington.Read full article >>
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