School and county leaders broke ground this week on a $128 million project to rebuild Wheaton High School and recreate the Silver Spring campus as a model of project-based learning.
Construction, expected to be complete by August 2015, was kicked off at a celebration Wednesday, with the school band playing, and a long line of public officials and educators ceremonially turning shovels of dirt.Read full article >>
Earlier this year I wrote about a boy in Florida who was forced to take a standardized test even though he was born with a brain stem but not a complete brain and doesn’t have the cognitive ability to understand the difference between an apple and an orange. While many disabled children can indeed meet the same academic standards as mainstream children, others can’t.Read full article >>
The “no-excuses” school reform movement is famous for giving short shrift to how students are affected by living in poverty and expecting teachers to be able to overcome the consequences. Here’s a different “no excuses” philosophy, by George Wood, superintendent of the Federal Hocking Local Schools in Stewart, Ohio; executive director of the nonprofit Forum for Education and Democracy, and board chair of The Coalition of Essential Schools.Read full article >>
The high school graduation rate has improved across Maryland, according to figures released Wednesday, but Prince George’s County saw its graduation rate fall by 3.3 percentage points, leaving the school district more than 10 percentage points behind the state average.Read full article >>
Ten schools in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia accept applications for undergraduate admission only through the online Common Application — which has been experiencing technical issues — and offer nonbinding “early action” or binding “early decision” programs. Here’s how those schools are handling the first deadlines for the class entering in 2014.Read full article >>
At least 42 colleges and universities have announced deadline extensions this fall for applicants seeking early admission because of technical difficulties some students have experienced with a new version of the online Common Application. Here are the 43 schools and their new initial deadlines, which The Washington Post found in a check this week of admission Web sites.Read full article >>
At least 42 colleges and universities have pushed back their first application deadlines for the class entering next fall — a highly unusual reprieve as a crucial date in the admissions cycle approaches Friday.Read full article >>
An auditorium full of first-time voters had a chance to interview some of Virginia’s candidates for elected office Wednesday at Wakefield High School.
The Arlington County teens, mostly seniors looking forward to casting their first ballots in the general election on Nov. 5, questioned the candidates about their stances on same-sex marriage, immigration and reforming the state Standards of Learning tests.Read full article >>