Education News from Washington Post
The U.S. Education Department under Secretary Arne Duncan has for years been supportive of public charter schools, even requiring states that wanted Race to the Top money or federal waivers from No Child Left Behind to expand their numbers. Now the department is trying to figure out what requirements to attach to future federal grants for charter schools, and is seeking public comment on its proposed priorities as spelled out in the Federal Register (text of notice below).Read full article >>
Many high school students struggle to understand the relationship of unemployment and inflation through the Phillips curve — even those who are taking the college-level Advanced Placement course in macroeconomics.Read full article >>
More students in Prince George’s County passed Advanced Placement exams this year while SAT scores dropped slightly as the number of students taking the college admission test increased, according to data recently released by school officials.Read full article >>
Humble. Compassionate. Experienced. These are some of the attributes that Alexandria students, parents, and teachers said they are looking for in a new superintendent during a community forum Thursday night at T.C. Williams High School.Read full article >>
Montgomery County’s proposal to change the hours of high school days is attracting a daily stream of e-mailed opinions, with a large number favoring the changes intended to give teenagers more time to sleep.Read full article >>
One of the biggest debates in public education today is over how to best educate student teacher for the rigors of the classroom. Here is a thoughtful piece on the essence of teaching and the kind of teacher education programs we really need from Mike Rose, who is on the faculty of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and author of “Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education.” This is longer than your average blog post but well worth the time, and is the first of three pieces on teacher education by Rose.Read full article >>
More than 70 percent of college graduates in 2012 had student loans, and their average debt surpassed $29,000, according to an independent analysis of federal data made public Wednesday.
Both figures were higher than what was found in a comparable profile of graduates four years earlier.Read full article >>
The school board in Huntsville, Alabama, has unanimously decided to pay students for achieving benchmark scores on the ACT college admissions test in an effort, members said, to get kids to take the test more seriously.Read full article >>
It took Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) less than a month to select Lyn Mundey to fill the school board seat vacated by Carletta Fellows (District 7) earlier this year.
After Donna Hathaway-Beck (District 9) resigned in late August, Baker quickly started accepting applications. Christian Rhodes, his education adviser, said at the time that the county executive planned to make an appointment by the end of September.Read full article >>
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft founder Bill Gates are among several philanthropists who have pledged $9 million to a nonprofit organization that is trying to bring the Internet to public school classrooms around the country.Read full article >>
The federal government on Wednesday rolled out an online “financial aid toolkit” for guidance counselors, parents and others to help students learn about funding options for college.
The Web site, operated by the Education Department, is one of several Obama administration initiatives aimed at helping consumers navigate the often-bewildering higher education market.Read full article >>
(Correction: The College Board corrected the message sent to members clarifying that the date for the new PSAT/NMSQT is fall 2015. The original message had two different dates.)
The new version of the SAT college admissions exam that was due to be unveiled in 2015 is now being delayed until spring 2016.Read full article >>
Grade inflation lives at Harvard University. The Harvard Crimson, the student newspaper, has reported that the median grade at Harvard College is now an A- and students most frequently get A’s.
The news was delivered by Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay M. Harris on Tuesday. The paper reported in this story by Matthew Q. Clarida and Nicholas P. Fandos that:Read full article >>
D.C. Council member David A. Catania is planning to file papers Wednesday to create an exploratory committee for a mayoral run.
His intentions were confirmed by former council member Sharon Ambrose, who said she will lead the committee. Catania (I-At Large) declined to comment Tuesday night.Read full article >>
Scores in math, reading and science posted by 15-year-olds in the United States were flat while their counterparts elsewhere — particularly in Shanghai, Singapore and other Asian provinces or countries — soared, according to the results of a well-regarded international exam released Tuesday.Read full article >>
Here, from education historian and activist Diane Ravitch, the leading figure in the movement against corporate-influenced school reform, is a post with her views about the newly released scores from the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment, which showed that U.S. 15-year-old students have retained their no-better-than-average rankings in math, reading and science. Her latest book is Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools. This appeared on her blog.Read full article >>
The D.C. Council gave its tentative but unanimous approval Tuesday to a bill that would funnel extra dollars to public schools serving low-income students and others at risk of academic failure.
It’s not yet clear how much additional money the city’s traditional and charter schools would receive — that’s up to Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) to decide when budget season arrives next year. But there are signs that the investment, meant to help close persistent achievement gaps between poor and affluent children, could be large.Read full article >>
D.C. Council Member Muriel Bowser introduced a resolution Tuesday calling on the city to improve its struggling traditional middle schools, which have long driven families into charter schools, private schools and the suburbs.Read full article >>
Virginia may get its own state-level results in the next administration of the international test known as PISA, which compares performance in math, science and reading for students around the world.Read full article >>
Should Americans use the newly released Program of International Student Assessment scores, which show U.S. students have retained their very average rankings, as a tool to improve education policies? It all depends on whom you ask.Read full article >>