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Strauss: What kids want in books

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 4:01am
Here, from the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading ReportTM: Fifth Edition is information on what kids want in books, findings taken from a nationally representative survey of parents and students taken last fall. You can read more about that in the post below.Read full article >>
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Strauss: How to get kids to read independently

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 4:00am
The Scholastic Kids & Family Reading ReportTM: Fifth Edition is out and offers a snapshot of where young people are when it comes to reading independently.Here are some of the findings of a nationally representative survey conducted last fall by Scholastic in conjunction with YouGov. Some of the results are surprising, including the fact that kids prefer to read books in print.Read full article >>
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Don’t trust complaints that schools are too rigorous for low-income students

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 6:26pm
Happy birthday to Vincent E. Reed, one of the best D.C. schools superintendents ever. He turned 87 on March 1. Among the many battles Reed fought for children was the creation of Benjamin Banneker Academic High School. The selective, demanding magnet school in Northwest Washington became a reality in 1980 only because Reed inspired a revolt against a school board that thought challenging low-income students was an elitist pipe dream.Read full article >>






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Fairfax student, 17, takes part in Smithsonian art exhibition

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 4:57pm
A Fairfax County student is among 56 artists — and the youngest of the group — to be chosen for a Smithsonian Institution exhibit on the National Mall.The work of Maya Chung, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, is being featured in the Artists at Work exhibition on display at the Smithsonian’s Ripley Center. Chung is a volunteer at the museum’s Q?rius science­education lab.Read full article >>






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Some parents across the country are revolting against standardized testing

Sat, 03/07/2015 - 10:19pm
A growing number of parents are refusing to let their children take standardized tests this year, arguing that civil disobedience is the best way to change what they say is a destructive overemphasis on tests in the nation’s public schools. Read full article >>






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Strauss: A 16-year-old takes the new PARCC exam. Here’s her disturbing report.

Sat, 03/07/2015 - 10:00am
Marina Ford is a high-achieving sophomore attending Pinelands Regional High School in Tuckerton, N.J. All of her classes are either honors or Advanced Placement. Her favorite subject is English, and she loves to read and write. She ordinarily scores above average on standardized tests — and always does especially well on the English section. The 16-year-old says that she loves English because it “gives me the freedom to explain myself and my point of view on a subject.” Her dream: “becoming a lawyer and going to a college I am proud of.” Marina recently took the PARCC — the new Common Core test being given in a number of states this spring — and she was so upset with the experience that she decided to write about it in a comment on the Web site of Save Our Schools New Jersey. I am republishing this with permission.Read full article >>






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College president: Can small private schools like Sweet Briar survive?

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 2:55pm
Earlier this week, the president of Sweet Briar College, James Jones, Jr., told the campus community that the board of directors had unanimously voted to close the school because of financial challenges. The news, which shocked faculty, students, parents and alumnae — many of whom have pledged to fight the decision — is also rippling through the world of higher education.Read full article >>






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Hundreds awarded scholarships left wondering where the cash is

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:24pm
When Lynda Gyles’ daughter was awarded a $5,000 college scholarship last summer, she was thrilled.Symone Gyles bought a plane ticket home from California, where she had an internship, for the award ceremony last summer: 310 students were told in Washington that their college costs would be offset with a $5,000 check for their fall semester from the Reconciliation Community Church in Manassas. Five of the students won a raffle, too, and were promised new cars.Read full article >>






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Snow days pile up in Montgomery, extending school year to June 17

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 10:20am
It’s been a tough week for school closings across the Washington region, and Montgomery County school officials said Friday that families should plan to see the school year extended to June 17.The last day of school had previously been set for Friday, June 12.Read full article >>






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Alumna: Sweet Briar College is no finishing school. It must not close.

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 9:57am
When the president of Sweet Briar College, a small private women’s college in Virginia, announced this week that the school would close this summer, faculty, students and alumnae were shocked.Alexandra Mebane,  a 2012 graduate of Sweet Briar College, writes about why alumnae are now working to save their alma mater:Read full article >>






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Next-generation tests roll out in Maryland, the District amid concerns

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 9:00am
Around the edges of snow storms, and amid a national fury about testing and new academic standards designed to improve public education, tens of thousands of students in Maryland and the District sat down this week to take a new kind of standardized exam.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Principal to parents: ‘We don’t need to get used to this. We need to stop it.’

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 6:00am
Troy LaRaviere is the principal of Chicago’s Blaine Elementary School and a leader of the Administrators Alliance for Proven Policy and Legislation in Education. He has been outspoken about school reform policies that he thinks are harmful to children or a waste of Chicago Public Schools money. Here’s an example, from  this interview with him:Read full article >>






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Strauss: ‘The Other PARCC’ — a short video about the test refusal movement

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 5:00am
Here is a five-minute video about the growing test refusal movement, called “The Other PARCC — The Other PARCC — Parents Advocating Refusal on High-Stakes Testing.” PARCC is a reference to the Common Core test created by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of two multi-state consortia given $360 million in federal funds to design new standardized tests for accountability purposes.Read full article >>






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Strauss: How one teacher changed the life of one child

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 3:30pm
Andres Rodriguez Jr., now 63 years old, moved to New York City from Puerto Rico when he was a child, in 1960. He didn’t speak a word of English. The kindness of a single teacher at the first school in which he was enrolled changed his life, and all these years later he remains grateful. He tells his story in the following post, which first appeared on the Badass Teachers Association blog, and I am republishing it, with permission, because I like stories about acts of kindness and dedication. Rodriguez went on to graduate from Harvard University and was an administrator at medical centers. Here is his story.Read full article >>






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Sweet Briar College alumnae rally to prevent shutdown

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 2:36pm
When the president of Sweet Briar College announced that the school would close forever this summer, many women burst into tears.But then a common refrain began to echo through the small Virginia school’s close-knit alumnae: Not if I can help it.Read full article >>






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Shock over Sweet Briar turns to determination to stop the college from closing

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 1:50pm
The first reactions were of shock: Tears, disbelief, silence.But within hours of Sweet Briar College’s president announcing that the more-than-a-century-old women’s college in Virginia would abruptly close this summer, the response for many had changed. It was not just sorrow but determination.Read full article >>






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Fairfax schools chief explains snow day policies

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:56pm
Fairfax County schools superintendent Karen Garza held an open meeting for parents in Chantilly on Tuesday and at the end of the session she addressed an issue looming in the room: snow days.“Okay, let’s talk about the snow,” Garza said. “I was hoping I wouldn’t have to.”Read full article >>






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Middle-finger photo in Michigan State newspaper sparks a protest

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 11:42am
Daniel Reimold, an assistant professor of journalism and faculty adviser of The Hawk at Saint Joseph’s University, was struck by the debate over a photo that ran in another campus newspaper:The State News at Michigan State University is apologizing to readers for a photo published earlier this week showing a student, well, flipping the bird — a pair of birds actually.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Are colleges gaming their applicants?

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:15am
As anybody who has been through it knows, the college application process is tough. In the following post, Liz Willen of the Hechinger Report looks at how colleges make it even harder for many students and asks whether applicants are actually being gamed by schools looking to boost their admissions numbers and lower their selectivity rates. Willen is the editor of The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. This post, which I am republishing with her permission, appeared first on the Hechinger site.Read full article >>






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International exams show persistent achievement gaps between boys and girls

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 6:01am
International math, science and reading exams show that across dozens of countries, 15-year-old boys are more likely to be low achievers than 15-year-old girls, especially in reading. But among the highest-performing students, girls trail boys, and girls have far less confidence in their ability to solve math problems.Read full article >>






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