Strauss: Civil rights groups blast parents opting their kids out of high-stakes tests. Why they are wrong.
Is high-stakes standardized testing helping students who live in poverty and students of color — or hurting them?A dozen civil rights groups have released a statement (see below) opposing efforts by parents and others to boycott high-stakes standardized tests aligned to the Common Core and similar standards, saying that the tests are valuable to students of color and those from low-income families. The statement says in part:Read full article >>
We’ve been on a different commenting system than the rest of NYTimes.com for years, but we’re joining the rest of the paper — and getting all the bells and whistles that come with it. Here’s a Q. and A., with screen shots, for dealing with the changes.
It’s hard to say what was more uncomfortable at the beginning — the silences, or the halting small talk people tried to make, about hometowns and the storm that was about to hit. Six strangers had gathered around a table at a Georgetown senior’s apartment, invited by an anonymous person (or maybe people?) and they didn’t know what to expect.Read full article >>
This is the first in a regular series of columns about the nation’s community colleges from Jay Mathews, a longtime Washington Post education reporter, columnist and author. The columns will appear on The Post’s Grade Point blog.Read full article >>
State education officials say attorney Baker Kurrus will be the new superintendent of the Little Rock School District.
In this lesson we consider the human cost and the policy challenges of Europe’s immigration debate. Students will examine the big picture, including the origins and the challenges of migration in the Mediterranean region. Then they will have an opportunity to explore the human stories behind the headlines.
What are the best family vacations you’ve ever been on? Where would you like to go if money and logistics were not factors? Why?
Below, several paragraphs from the May 4 article “Intertwining Celebrities and Fashion at the Met Gala.” Can you choose the best word or phrase for each blank?