The average score on the SAT exam edged up two points for Montgomery County’s class of 2014, compared with results for graduates a year earlier, as performance was stagnant nationally and slipped in Maryland, according to figures released Tuesday.Read full article >>
A post I published in July titled “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today” seems to have struck a nerve with readers, who continue to read it in big numbers. The piece was by Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist, who said that kids are being forced to sit for too long while they are in school and are being deprived of enough time for real physical activity. This, she said, is affecting their ability to learn and in some cases leading to improper ADHD diagnoses.Read full article >>
High school graduates this year fared no better on the SAT college admission test than their predecessors in 2013, a stagnant result that exam overseers said should sound an alarm for the nation to get more students on track for college.Read full article >>
A new interim principal has taken the helm at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax County after Jeff Yost retired unexpectedly following a turbulent time at the high-performing school.
Dan Meier will replace Yost, who led the school for seven years. In a farewell note to parents, Yost said that he stayed late on Sept. 30, his last day, to watch buses depart.Read full article >>
In response to The Washington Post’s story about Jefferson County, Colo., becoming ground zero for a new culture fight over how to teach U.S. history to high-achieving 10th-graders, readers asked what specifically the College Board has changed in its Advanced Placement U.S. history course and what the questions on the exam are like.Read full article >>
Even the strongest supporters of the Common Core State Standards would likely admit if asked that the initiative has not so far turned out as well as hoped. Implementation of the standards has been severely troubled, the testing regime that is supposed to be aligned with the Core is falling apart and increasingly people from different parts of the political spectrum have distanced themselves from the enterprise.Read full article >>
The five-member reform commission that controls the cash-starved Philadelphia public schools announced on Monday that it was canceling its contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, and while it would continue to honor most contract provisions, it would change the package of health-care benefits and require all teachers to contribute to the health fund. The union said the commission’s action “has amped up a war on teachers.”Read full article >>