Education News from Washington Post
Enrollment growth in Prince William County Public Schools slowed this year, as the district started the school year with fewer than expected kindergartners.
The official count for the state’s second largest school system was 85,055, a 1.8 percent increase over last year’s enrollment.Read full article >>
The second major investigation of the year has been launched into cheating on the SAT in Korea with new allegations that questions from earlier tests were obtained by “cram schools” and given to students during preparation for the Oct. 5 administration of the exam. This follows the College Board’s cancellation of the May 2013 administration of the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests throughout Korea of the leak of test questions -- the first time a test has been cancelled in an entire country.Read full article >>
Four community meetings have been set to collect public comment on a proposal released earlier this month to change bell times in Montgomery County schools.
The proposal, offered by Superintendent Joshua P. Starr, would allow high school students to sleep later in the morning by delaying the start of first-period classes to 8:15 a.m. Classes now begin at 7:25 a.m.Read full article >>
Here’s a new list of 10 hot careers for recent and mid-career college graduates with bachelor’s degrees.
The report comes from the University of California at San Diego Extension, the continuing education arm of the university and was written by faculty Henry DeVries, Sundari Baru, and Josh Shapiro, who looked at data to create a list of “hot careers” that can “realistically be filled by recent college graduates.” Missing from the list are professionals such as surgeons, veterinarians and electrical engineers because they require far more training than the careers on this list.Read full article >>
In recent years we’ve seen the rise of big money being poured into local school board races from well outside the district, or city or even state where the election is being held. Millions were spent, for example, in Los Angeles school board races earlier this year. In April I published a piece by a teacher in New Jersey who blogs under the name “Jersey Jazzman” about the financing of a local school board campaign, and here is a new one, about another election and the same pattern of outside funding. A version of this appeared on the Jersey Jazzman blog.Read full article >>
Fairfax County schools Superintendent Karen Garza says she will propose significant cuts to address a projected $140 million budget deficit, a plan that suggests classroom staff reductions, furloughs, increased class sizes and eliminating a foreign language instruction program in the elementary schools.Read full article >>
Nothing I have read in The Washington Post lately has been more lucid and bracing than Patrick Welsh’s assault on catch-phrase school reforms in the Sept. 29 edition of the Outlook section. It was vintage Welsh — detailed, angry, literate. It’s what you expect from one of our best education writers and high school teachers. He added a dash of melancholy for fans like me as we learned he had just retired after 43 years at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria.Read full article >>
Since taking the reins of Maryland’s second-largest school system in August, Kevin Maxwell has met with Prince George’s County business and community leaders, toured more than 50 schools, and talked to thousands of employees, students and parents.Read full article >>
No one can doubt that Wayne A.I. Frederick knows his way around Howard University.
Named interim president of Howard this month, Frederick holds three degrees from the school in Northwest Washington: a bachelor’s in zoology, a doctor of medicine and a master’s in business administration.Read full article >>
A number of recent articles have addressed the relative importance of some of the information used in the college application process. Taken as a group, these articles call into question just about every bit of data and writing students are asked to submit—a point not lost recently on Dennis Eller, College Counselor at Canterbury School in Fort Wayne, Ind., who offered this humorous summary on a counselors’ listserv. It is followed by a footnote from counselor Patrick O’Connor of Cranbrook Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.Read full article >>
I recently posted a piece, headlined “How New York’s education commissioner blew it big time,” by award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York about John King’s difficult efforts to try to sell the Common Core State Standards to the public. Here’s a follow-up which looks more deeply at the use of data in the state’s reform program and the growing divide between King’s reform policies, rhetoric and implementation.Read full article >>
Neil Gaiman is the terrific award-winning British author of short fiction, comic books, graphic novels, audio theater, films and novels for various ages, including Stardust , Americans Gods and Coraline , and the The Graveyard Book. Who would think that this man would be a good choice for U.S. education secretary? Paul Thomas, an associate professor of education at Furman University in South Carolina, does, and in this post he explains. The full version of the post can be found on his blog, The Becoming Radical.Read full article >>
Washington and Lee University’s president on Friday publicly endorsed a report that found no evidence of impropriety in how the school counts annual applications for admission.
But Kenneth P. Ruscio, the president, said the liberal arts school in Lexington, Va., will take steps to clarify its counting procedures.Read full article >>
Chancellor Kaya Henderson used her “State of the D.C. Public Schools” address Thursday evening to celebrate a “turning tide” that she said is beginning to transform the city’s long-struggling school system.Read full article >>
Montgomery school leaders have decided to postpone action on proposed changes to the district’s policy that governs student transfers from one school to another.
A school board committee voted this week to recommend further study of the issue, following a public comment period that raised new issues and amplified community concerns. More than 200 comments poured in, officials said.Read full article >>
I have a thing for Double Stuf Oreos (I can’t eat just one, or five, for that matter), so I was naturally interested in a research project by faculty and students at Connecticut College that involved Oreos.Read full article >>
Yesterday I wrote a post about how public education’s biggest problem -- poverty -- keeps getting worse, with the news from a new report that a majority of students in public schools in the American South and West are low-income for the first time in at least four decades. Here’s a related piece which argues that policy makers own life circumstances affect the way they make school reform decisions for the poor. Jack Schneider (@Edu_Historian) is an assistant professor of education at the College of the Holy Cross and the author of the forthcoming book From the Ivory Tower to the Schoolhouse: How Scholarship Becomes Common Knowledge in Education. Heather Curl is a lecturer at Bryn Mawr College. Both authors are former classroom teachers. Schneider also founded University Paideia, a pre-college program for under-served students in the San Francisco Bay Area. His research focuses on educational policy-making and school reform.Read full article >>
Can they be this obsessed with data?
Look at some of the data that U.S. Education Department is requiring organizations that receive Promise Neighborhoods grants to collect and report:
The number of kids in the initiative who are getting five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day.Read full article >>
Here’s an interesting post by cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham, a professor and director of graduate studies in psychology at the University of Virginia and author of “Why Don’t Students Like School?” His latest book is “When Can You Trust The Experts? How to tell good science from bad in education.” This appeared on his Science and Education blog.Read full article >>
A Calvert County sixth-grader who was suspended for making a gun gesture on a school bus in September will have the incident cleared from his records, according to the child’s mother.
The Maryland school system’s decision ends a case that added to a spate of disciplinary actions against students with pretend guns in the Washington region. Children have been suspended for pointing their fingers like guns, carrying toy guns and chewing a Pop-Tart-like pastry into the shape of a gun.Read full article >>