The D.C. Council on Tuesday gave tentative approval to a bill intended to end social promotion in the District’s public schools.
The measure, which Education Committee Chairman David A. Catania (I-At Large) proposed, would repeal a rule that requires most District elementary and middle school students to be passed from one grade to the next regardless of achievement or performance.Read full article >>
It’s the backbone of the modern school reform: data. And a lot of it, it turns out, isn’t any good. Here’s a post about the problem of the data we have vs. the data we need, by Jack Schneider, an assistant professor of education at the College of the Holy Cross, who confronted the issue recently when he helped the Boston Globe create a rating tool for schools in Massachusetts. Schneider is the author of “Excellence For All: How a New Breed of Reformers Is Transforming America’s Public Schools” and the upcoming ”From the Ivory Tower to the Schoolhouse: How Scholarship Becomes Common Knowledge in Education.” He tweets @Edu_Historian.Read full article >>
While most of the state has been focused on a contentious governor’s race this year, there are several choices voters in Northern Virginia will face lower down on the ballot that will affect their local schools.Read full article >>
Montgomery school leaders are scheduled to examine a $1.55 billion plan for school construction and other capital improvements Thursday during the first of several public meetings to consider building projects in the fast-growing Maryland school district.Read full article >>
Granted the month is still young, but this sounds like it will be high on the list for the month’s dumbest ideas hatched at a school: An elementary school in Canada has decided to forbid kindergarten students from touching each other at recess as a way to prevent injuries from, well, playing. Say goodbye to tag.Read full article >>