On Oct. 4, 1957, the space age began as the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first man-made satellite, into orbit. For the next dozen years, the United States and the Soviet Union battled for dominance in spaceflight capability.
What’s the best comeback you’ve ever said? When is a time you couldn’t think of the right thing to say?
Here are several paragraphs from a March 17 article, “ ‘Empire,’ the Meteor That Never Fell to Earth.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?
The movement to boycott standardized tests and reform test-based accountability systems current being implemented across the country is growing. Though exact numbers are impossible to know, students, teachers, principals, parents, superintendents and others are speaking out for the first time calling on policy-makers to roll back test-based school reform — and in many places students are simply refusing to take new Common Core and similar standardized tests. The impact of the agitation on policy is real, as Monty Neill, executive director of FairTest, explains in this post. FairTest, or the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, is dedicated to eliminating the abuse and misuse of standardized tests.Read full article >>
Racial tensions flared at the University of Virginia after a black student sustained head injuries while white police officers arrested him outside of a popular Irish pub early Wednesday morning.The injuries, captured in cellphone videos and photographs from a crowd of students nearby, left the student with bloody streaks down his face, an image that quickly spread on social media. In one of the videos, obtained by The Washington Post, the student calls three officers from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control “racists” as they try to handcuff his hands behind his back.Read full article >>
The Fairfax County schools administration is considering sweeping changes to the grading system for middle school and high school classes that could help struggling students keep their grades up.In a message sent to thousands of teachers Tuesday, Deputy Superintendent Steven Lockard detailed a series of proposals under consideration to revamp how teachers hand out grades to students and to standardize exam scores across the county.Read full article >>
Gov. Terry McAuliffe is calling for the State Police to investigate the arrest of a University of Virginia student who was shown in a photo with a bloody face as he was held down by an officer.
Andrew Hamilton, a British-born chemist, will take over for Dr. Sexton, who has increased the university’s prestige while pursuing contentious campus expansions in New York City and abroad.