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Strauss: The tower of PISA is badly leaning. An argument for why it should be saved.

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 6:00am
The Program for International Student Assessment, better known in the education world as PISA, has come under fierce criticism in recent years. PISA is given every three years to 15-year-olds around the world in reading, math and science. PISA is influential in that many governments look at the scores as pronouncements on their education systems, though critics say the tests are flawed and the results should not be taken seriously. Last year, dozens of researchers and academics from around the world wrote an open letter to Andreas Schleicher, director of the Program of International Student Assessment, urging him to suspend administration of PISA until a new exam can be created. (You can read about that here.)Read full article >>






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Strauss: The real stuff of schooling: How to teach students to apply knowledge

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 4:00am
Larry Ferlazzo is a veteran teacher of English and Social Studies at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California. He has written seven books on education — including a few on student motivation, and writes extensively on education issues, including authoring a teacher advice blog for Education Week Teacher, and maintaining a popular resource-sharing blog. His new book is titled “Building A Community Of Self-Motivated Learners: Strategies To Help Students Thrive In School and Beyond ” published by Routledge. This piece is adapted from that book.Read full article >>






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Police find no evidence of alleged sexual assault at U-Va. fraternity

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 8:04pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE — There is no evidence to support claims in a Rolling Stone article that a University of Virginia student was gang-raped at a campus fraternity in September 2012, police said, noting that a five-month investigation led detectives to discredit numerous claims about the alleged assault.Read full article >>






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Debate over test security vs. student privacy rages in the age of social media

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 5:45pm
A New Jersey student’s tweet about a question on new Common Core tests was deleted after it was flagged by a testing company, spurring a national debate about how to balance children’s privacy with test security in the age of social media.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Elementary school teachers: How PARCC testing is affecting our classrooms

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 5:00pm
With the spring standardized testing season under way, we are hearing from a growing number of teachers, principals and even superintendents who are speaking out about the negative effects of high-stakes testing on teaching and learning.  For example, Steve Kramer,  superintendent of Madeira City Schools in Ohio, recently wrote an open letter about why he is “profoundly concerned” about new Common Core testing. The following post is an open letter signed by 20 teachers at Barbieri Elementary School in Framingham, Massachusetts, who detail how Common Core testing is affecting their classrooms.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Ted Cruz’s big mistake about Common Core

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 4:00pm
As anybody paying attention to the news today knows, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz became the first candidate, Democrat or Republican, to announce his intention to run for president in 2016. He did this in a speech at Liberty University in Virginia in which he made a series of negative statements about the federal government. For example, from the transcript (bold-face is mine):Read full article >>






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Sweet Briar needs $250 million to stay open. Alumnae try to pool assets.

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 3:46pm
On the surface, at least, the cheerful gathering of Sweet Briar College graduates had all the trappings of an alumnae happy hour: name tags, hugs, introductions and bubbly recollections about the school that shaped who they have become.Read full article >>






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Charlottesville police find no evidence in U-Va. sexual assault case

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 3:15pm
(Updated: Police find no evidence of alleged sexual assault)CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. — Police here say they have found no evidence to support claims in a Rolling Stone article that a University of Virginia student was gang raped at a campus fraternity in September 2012, noting that months of investigation led detectives to discredit several claims about the alleged assault.Read full article >>






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Montgomery’s minority achievement gap a focus at community forum

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 2:24pm
The message in Silver Spring was clear: As Montgomery County leaders search for a new school superintendent, they should look for someone committed to tackling achievement gaps by race and ethnicity in a district with a growing minority enrollment.Read full article >>






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When it does matter where you go to college

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 1:33pm
My post last week on a new book by New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be,” generated hundreds of comments here and on Facebook. Many people agreed with Bruni, telling their own stories of attending less-selective colleges and turning out just fine. But lots of others mentioned the very real recruiting practices of a handful of blue-chip companies, especially on Wall Street and among consulting companies, that only look at graduates of elite schools.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Proposed student data privacy bill does little to protect privacy (update)

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:07pm
(Update: legislators did not introduce legislation on Monday as planned).Two U.S. legislators are set to introduce a bill in the House that they say is aimed at limiting the way education technology companies can use data that they collect about students from kindergarten through the 12th grade. It’s called the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act, and its chief sponsors say it is meant to address a growing concern among students, parents and educators about the use of the oceans of data being collected about America’s young people. But a new analysis of the legislation, which you can read below, concludes that it doesn’t do much to protect the privacy of student data — and that it doesn’t stop the actual collection and mining of data by companies, which can use it to make money.Read full article >>






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Virginia’s Liberty University: A mega-college and Republican presidential stage

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:16am
Why has Liberty University become a stage of choice in Republican presidential politics?On Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is expected to launch his bid for the White House from the university in Lynchburg, Va. Republican candidate Mitt Romney spoke about Judeo-Christian values at the campus during his 2012 campaign. In 2014, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), a possible 2016 contender, spoke at Liberty’s commencement.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teachers sue when school district rejects requests to take off Good Friday

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 5:00am
Some Christian teachers in Rhode Island are suing their school district because they were denied the right to take off Good Friday.Nearly 200 teachers in Cranston Public Schools had requested the day off, as their collective bargaining contract allows them to request two days a year for religious reasons.  The district, which had to add six more snow days than originally planned for the year, refused the requests for instructional reasons, and noted in the denials that the contract specifies that “religious observance obligations require attendance at religious services held during the school day,” according to WPRI News. Many churches have services at different times of the day and evening on Good Friday.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Actually, it can matter where you go to college

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 4:00am
A popular post on The Washington Post’s new Grade Point blog had this headline, “Forget Harvard and Stanford. It really doesn’t matter where you go to college.”  Really?The piece, by Jeffrey Selingo, looks at a new book by New York Times columnist Frank Bruni,  titled “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be.”  Selingo writes:Read full article >>






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Strauss: Are we really at a ‘new low in the teacher wars’?

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 7:31pm
Robert Pianta, dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, recently wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post blasting critics of a multimillion-dollar initiative by the Obama administration to rate colleges of education. Serving as a cheerleader for the Education Department’s effort, he accuses colleges of education of seeking to escape evaluation of their programs, and he questions whether critics have read the proposed standards. He wrote in part:Read full article >>






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Howard police officer injured in crash involving driver suspected of drinking

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 3:18pm
A Howard County police officer was injured early Sunday when he stopped to assist an off-duty Takoma Park police officer who had struck a deer and his cruiser car was hit by a man believed to have been drinking, police said.Read full article >>






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Mathews: Why should we fear teachers visiting their students’ homes?

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 1:53pm
Dave Levin thought he was going to be fired from his Houston school the day he picked up a huge, unruly sixth-grader and dropped him in his seat. He had touched a kid. That was a big no-no. He felt so bad that he went to the boy’s small wood-frame home after school — another thing he had been told never to do — and apologized to the boy’s mother. Read full article >>






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Strauss: Award-winning principal urges legislators to say ‘no’ to Gov. Cuomo

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 6:00am
Here is a letter that an award-winning New York high school principal is sending to every member of her state’s legislature in regard to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposals to reform teacher evaluation (for the second time in three years). Among Cuomo’s proposals is requiring  that student standardized test scores account for a full 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation rather than the current 20 percent. Assessment experts warn against linking test scores to educators’ evaluation for a variety of reasons, but the practice has become a central feature of the school reform agenda of U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.Read full article >>






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Strauss: A weird grammar lesson from ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 4:00am
Music video by “Weird Al” Yankovic performing Word Crimes. (C) 2014 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music EntertainmentRead full article >>






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Body cameras may have provided clarity in arrest of U-Va. student

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 5:53pm
RICHMOND — As Virginia State Police, elected officials and many others try to understand how a University of Virginia student wound up on a Charlottesville sidewalk, bloody and prone, one piece of the puzzle is conspicuously absent: body-camera footage.Read full article >>






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