Education News from Washington Post
(Correction: An earlier version incorrectly said Jonathan Schorr worked at the White House. He works at the Education Department.)
Legislation in Congress called the GREAT Teachers and Principals Act sounds good but is anything but great in its proposal for new educator preparation programs, according to this post by Kenneth Zeichner, the Boeing Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Washington, a former vice president and current fellow of the American Educational Research Association, and a member of the National Academy of Education. He is also a former elementary teacher and Professor and former associate dean of teacher education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has done extensive research on teaching and teacher education.Read full article >>
Why do reading scores on standardized tests flatten out in 12th grade? Here’s a post that explains it by E.D. Hirsch, founder and chairman of the Core Knowledge Foundation and professor emeritus of education and humanities at the University of Virginia. He is the author of several acclaimed books on education issues, including the best-seller “Cultural Literacy.”Read full article >>
Local television news personality J.C. Hayward has asked a D.C. Superior Court judge to remove her from the list of defendants in a case involving allegations of a multimillion-dollar self-dealing scheme at a District charter school.Read full article >>
Alvin L. Crawley, a veteran educator who spent the past year as the interim superintendent of Prince George’s County schools, is expected to take on the role of interim schools chief in Alexandria.
The city School Board is scheduled to act on a contract with Crawley on Thursday night, the school district announced Wednesday. Crawley would lead the 13,500-student school system while the board conducts a national search for a permanent superintendent to replace Morton Sherman, who resigned abruptly before the beginning of the school year.Read full article >>
The Prince George’s County school system will host its first community forum to discuss the fiscal year 2015 operating budget next on Wednesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sasscer Administration Building, 14201 School Ln., Upper Marlboro.Read full article >>
Here's the first sentence of a story in The Buffalo News about a forum where several thousand parents, teachers and school administrators attended to talk about education:
Reform of high-stakes testing for schoolchildren, a groundswell movement of lawn signs and small-scale protests, became an earthquake Wednesday evening.Read full article >>
Alvin L. Crawley, a veteran educator who spent the last year as the interim superintendent of Prince George’s County Schools, is now expected to take on the temporary leadership role in Alexandria.
The city’s school board is expected to approve a contract with Crawley Thursday night. He will lead the school system while the board conducts a national search for a permanent superintendent to replace Morton Sherman, who resigned abruptly before the beginning of the school year.Read full article >>
Malala Yousafzai was on a bus returning home from school exactly one year ago, Oct. 9, 2012, when she was shot in the head by a gunman from the Taliban, which had earlier banned girls from going to school in Pakistan's Swat Valley, where Malala lived. She blogged anonymously against the edict and later came to be publicly known as an advocate for education for girls. Malala survived the shooting but had to have intensive rehabilitation in England.Read full article >>
The Montgomery County school board has agreed to look into shifting high school starting times to 8:15 a.m., a week after the county superintendent proposed delaying the first bell nearly an hour so that teenagers can get more sleep.Read full article >>
Georgia Tech university officials are investigating reports that an undergraduate member sent an email to fellow fraternity members that provided a lewd, detailed guide on "luring rapebait."
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that that Georgia Tech officials gave the newspaper a statement that said:Read full article >>
Hispanic students for the first time make up more of Montgomery County’s kindergarten and first-grade classes than children from any other ethnic or racial group, a significant shift that marks the increasing diversity of the high-performing school district.Read full article >>
The District should boost funding for public education by more than 15 percent — or nearly $180 million — to ensure that schools have adequate resources to lift student achievement, according to the preliminary recommendations of a study commissioned by the city government.Read full article >>
Nearly nine out of 10 public school students in Virginia graduated on time last spring, the governor’s office announced Tuesday.
The four-year graduation rate — 89 percent — was about the same as last year, but most school districts in Northern Virginia saw improvements.Read full article >>
Maryland’s four historically black universities are likely to gain more distinctive programs to compete for students following a federal ruling that the state has allowed too much academic overlap among its public universities, tilting the market in favor of traditionally white institutions.Read full article >>
The majority of D.C. charter schools and all schools in the city’s traditional school system plan to participate in a single unified lottery to determine enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year, officials in the office of Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) said.Read full article >>
Schools across the country are being "graded" for their academic performance in ways that don't appropriately judge the institutions or their educators. Parents then seek out the "A" schools, believing that the metric by which they are largely being judged -- standardized test scores -- have more meaning than they really do, and that schools with lower grades are inadequate. But this quest for the "A" schools disregards other schools in which great teaching takes place.Read full article >>
Policymakers and politicians who wring their hands about the mediocre performance of U.S. students on international math and reading tests have another worry: The nation’s grown-ups aren’t doing much better.Read full article >>
Wish you had more time to read? Well, you probably already have the time, says cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham, 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 >>
The use of illicit drugs, the abuse of prescription medication and the incidence of depression have increased among Fairfax County teenagers, according to the results of an annual survey.
The Fairfax County Youth Survey found, however, that fewer Fairfax teens are drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes and using marijuana than in years past. In 2012, fewer students engaged in binge drinking than the year before, with 18.2 percent of 12th-graders saying they had five or more drinks in one night within the past two weeks, as compared with 20.7 percent in 2011.Read full article >>
The third-graders led the change. One Friday afternoon they arrived in room 237 at Glenallan Elementary School in Silver Spring, looking the part of scientists, or perhaps doctors.
They wore lab coats.
“Awesome,” said Nathaniel Belete, 8, tugging at his collar.Read full article >>