As Montgomery County has debated a proposal to delay the opening bells of high school to 8:15 a.m. — giving teenagers more time for sleep — a district-created study group has discussed potential changes to elementary school hours.Read full article >>
Nearly seven out of 10 Virginians say that increased testing hurts student performance or makes no difference, according to a recent poll released by Virginia Commonwealth University.
Well over half of respondents - 63 percent - think that the state’s Standards of Learning tests put too much pressure on students, and three in four agree that preparing for SOLs means teachers can’t cover all the important material needed.Read full article >>
Prince George’s County Schools Chief Executive Kevin Maxwell told a crowd of 150 parents, elected officials and school system employees Tuesday night that the percentage of students who drop out of school in the county remains higher than the state’s average and that lowering the number is one of the school system’s top priorities.Read full article >>
Strauss: Parent to Obama: Let me tell you about the Common Core test Malia and Sasha don’t have to take but Eva does
I get a lot of e-mail from parents and teachers who wonder if President Obama, whose children go to the private Sidwell Friends School, knows what is actually going on with all of the standardized testing in public schools. Here’s an open letter to Obama explaining what he is missing, written by Rebecca Steinitz, a literacy consultant in urban high schools, a writer and an editor. She was previously director of the High School Program at Lesley University’s School of Education and an English professor at Ohio Wesleyan University, where she ran the Freshman Writing Program. Steinitz is also a parent, as you will see when you read this post of hers, which also appeared on Huffington Post.Read full article >>
Despite its growing national importance in preparing students for college, the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program is not well-known here. Yet its local growth is unusually rapid.
Only about 2 percent of the more than 4,800 U.S. schools in the program are designated by AVID as Demonstration Schools, a label of excellence that means they are models for other AVID schools in helping students learn to think, manage their time and apply to college.Read full article >>
The new Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action leaves in place, for now, a system that allows public universities in Maryland, Virginia and many other states to consider race and ethnicity in admissions.Read full article >>
I’ll be doing a live chat on washingtonpost.com at 1 p.m. today, so if you have any questions or comments about anything in education (or even marginally related), send them in here:Read full article >>