Education News from Washington Post
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. released a set of guidelines Monday aimed at improving education for young people in the nation’s juvenile detention centers, as studies have shown that schooling can be inadequate or inferior to what students would receive in a standard classroom.Read full article >>
Muslim leaders in Montgomery County are calling for the school board to address issues of fairness that they say linger after a recent decision to strike the names of Christmas and other religious holidays from the school calendar.Read full article >>
The University of Virginia on Monday outlined steps it plans to take for campus safety, part of its effort to respond to questions raised in recent weeks following a magazine article about an alleged gang rape at a fraternity.Read full article >>
Last month the Los Angeles Unified School District school board decided to require that every high school student take an Ethnic Studies course. On Tuesday, Nov. 9, the San Francisco school board will vote on a similar proposal. Here’s a post making the case for why this is a good idea. It was written by Cynthia Liu, founder and CEO of K-12 News Network.Read full article >>
The Prince George’s County Board of Education is asking the public to weigh in on a mission, vision and core values statements that it has drafted to guide the work of the board and the school district as it moves forward.Read full article >>
(Update: New comment from College Board)
It happened in October, again in November, and now in December. Test proctors in Asia are reporting that students who took the SAT on Dec. 6 told them that they knew the questions on the exam before it was given, providing them with an unfair advantage over those who did not cheat.Read full article >>
Strauss: Mom to Common Core task force: Take the 4th-grade PARCC practice test. I dare you to tell me it makes sense.
Sarah Blaine is a mother, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey who became a public education activist after watching what was happening in her daughter’s school during the controversial implementation of the Common Core State Standards and aligned standardized testing. In the following piece she challenges members of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s task force on PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of the two multi-state consortia designing new Common Core standardized tests with $360 million in federal funds) to take a Common Core test and see if it seems like an appropriate task for children. This post first appeared on her Parenting the Core blog. Blaine, who gave me permission to republish this letter, has written several popular posts, including “Pearson’s wrong answer—and why it matters in the high-stakes testing era” and “You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong.”Read full article >>
For the second year in a row, Maryland education leaders announced the state’s students were offered more than $1 billion in college scholarships.
But such breathtaking numbers don’t give the full picture. They often include numerous scholarship offers from colleges that students apply to but don’t attend and can’t use. It’s unclear how much of the billion-dollar total translates into funding that eases college costs.Read full article >>
The Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual list of the best compensated private college and university presidents has just come out with the latest data, for 2012, and the people on it may surprise you.Read full article >>
School reformers are big believers in measurement, which can be a problem when the data they use to create policy is wrong. A recent post by award-winning Principal Carol Burris (you can read it here) revealed that New York state education officials were using flawed data while declaring a crisis in college readiness. Here is a follow-up to that post. Burris, of South Side High School in New York, was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010, tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. Shes has been exposing the botched school reform program in New York for years on this blog. You can see some of her other work here and here and here.Read full article >>
Groups representing fraternities and sororities urged the University of Virginia on Sunday to end the suspension of Greek organizations it imposed last month after a magazine story about an alleged gang rape at a campus fraternity house.Read full article >>
In Maryland, the boasts are big: For the second year in a row, state leaders have bragged that Maryland’s high school graduates were offered more than $1 billion in scholarships for college. It is a heady pronouncement, more than double the total seven years ago.Read full article >>
Arlington County will have 1,300 more middle school students by 2019 than it has today and — if nothing is done — not enough classrooms to put them in, according to county school officials.
Like many Northern Virginia school systems, Arlington’s student population is growing rapidly. This year, enrollment increased an unprecedented 5.2 percent, exceeding the district’s projections by 300 students. Two of the high-
performing system’s middle schools are over capacity.
I’m not surprised that University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan didn’t mention alcohol — not even once — in her Nov. 22 statement about the since-discredited report of a gang rape at a fraternity house and her desire to quell sexual abuse on campus. Education officials do their best to avoid the topic, despite the harm binge-drinking does to our students.Read full article >>
There has been a lot of controversy swirling around the Common Core State Standards and their relationship with literature, non-fiction and informational text. (Informational text is non-fiction, but not all non-fiction is informational text, which you can read about here.) Much of the debate has involved the requirement that students increasingly read more non-fiction; nonfiction texts are supposed to represent 50 percent of reading assignments in elementary schools with that percentage going up to 70 percent by grade 12. The Core English Language Arts authors have said that these percentages are across curriculum and that English teachers should still continue teaching literature, but many English teachers are being told to modify their offerings too.Read full article >>
There is growing resistance across the country against Common Core-aligned testing, as a growing number of parents are trying to opt their children out of taking these mandated standardized tests and some educators are refusing to administer them. This begs the larger question: Are test-based accountability systems on their way out? To answer that question in this post is Kevin G. Welner, a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder’s School of Education who specializes in educational policy and law. He is director of the National Education Policy Center and of the NEPC’s Schools of Opportunity project to recognize high schools using research-based practices to close opportunity gaps.Read full article >>
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Many people in the University of Virginia community remain outraged about the Rolling Stone account of a gang rape at a campus fraternity house that unraveled into a journalistic debacle Friday.Read full article >>
Why don’t more kids love (or even like) to read? This post by Alfie Kohn explains all the ways that school actually kills a desire to read in many kids, and how that can be remedied. Alfie Kohn (www.alfiekohn.org), who gave me permission to republish this piece, is the author of 13 books, the most recent titled “The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting.” This piece first appeared in the Fall 2010 issue of English Journal, but it remains as true today as it did then, perhaps even more so with the advent of the Common Core State Standards. The reference in the first sentence is to this journal.Read full article >>
CHARLOTTESVILLE — A University of Virginia student’s harrowing description of a gang rape at a fraternity, detailed in a recent Rolling Stone article, began to unravel Friday as interviews revealed doubts about significant elements of the account. The fraternity issued a statement rebutting the story, and Rolling Stone apologized for a lapse in judgment and backed away from its article on the case.Read full article >>
The seniors at Capital City Public Charter School experienced the usual wave of relief and anticipation after mailing off college applications Friday, as well as an added surprise: a hug from Michelle Obama.Read full article >>