Here are several paragraphs from a 2007 article, “Slyders by Candlelight.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?
Education Secretary Arne Duncan wrote on the department’s website here that “for more than a decade, states and schools throughout this country have worked within the narrow confines of the No Child Left Behind law,” and that “it’s long past time to move past that law, and replace it with one that expands opportunity, increases flexibility and gives schools and educators more of the resources they need.” He’s right about that; the severely flawed NCLB was supposed to be rewritten in 2007 but Congress didn’t get around to doing it until now. But Duncan says he wants to retain the NCLB requirement of annual standardized testing that drove the law’s unworkable accountability system, and many Republicans in Congress agree. Indeed, the House education committee this week approved legislation to rewrite NCLB that includes an annual testing mandate.Read full article >>
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A “select handful” of University of Texas applicants are approved at the school president’s direction over the admissions office’s objections, according to an investigation.
“Please involve the F.B.I.,” Dr. Mohammad Abu-Salha, whose daughters and son-in-law were killed Tuesday in North Carolina, implored at a service.
A Missoula homeowner was sentenced Thursday to 70 years in prison in the shotgun killing of a German exchange student who was trespassing in his garage.
The nation’s high school graduation rate ticked up for the second year in a row, according to new federal data released Thursday showing that 81 percent of the Class of 2013 graduated within four years.Read full article >>
Days after D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (Ward 3) asked the District’s attorney general to provide an opinion about the legality of Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s plan to dedicate $20 million in extra funds to support minority male students, given questions about gender inequality, some of her colleagues are coming to the plan’s defense.Read full article >>
New data from the U.S. Education Department shows that 81 percent of high school students graduated in four years in 2012-13, the latest year for which there is data. As my colleague Emma Brown reported here, this represents the highest national graduation rate since 2010, when the federal government required states to calculate graduation rates the same way.Read full article >>
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is apparently considering whether he should mount a campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 but, as this story by my Post colleague David Fahrenthold says, there are questions about whether it will matter to voters that he didn’t earn a college degree. Walker attended Marquette University, but he dropped out in his senior year without earning a degree.Read full article >>
The D.C. Public Charter School Board delayed a vote that was scheduled for Thursday morning about whether to revoke the charter for a network of city schools amid allegations that its founder diverted millions of dollars to a private management company for his own financial gain. Read full article >>
The Republican-dominated House education committee just approved legislation, H.R. 5, that is a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act with funding levels that critics say are inadequate to properly support K-12 public education. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate’s education committee, has released draft legislation that has been hit as well by critics who say the funding levels are below the fiscal 2012 pre-sequestration total and would harm efforts to improve student achievement.Read full article >>
Parents often worry that a teacher calls on some students more than others, or that quieter children are overlooked in the classroom.
How do writers analyze subjects and ideas to make a claim using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence? How does incorporating counterarguments in persuasive writing strengthen one’s claims?