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Strauss: ‘Dear colleges, you are doing this wrong’

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:00am
It’s time.  Millions of high school students are learning which colleges have admitted — and rejected — them. Chris Lehmann, the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, has a problem with what is about to happen. He explains it in this post, which first appeared on his blog, Practical Theory, and on the Hechinger Report.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Social studies education facing ‘crisis’ as class time is slashed, departments closed

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 6:00am
It’s no secret that for years Social Studies (as well as the arts, science and physical education) have been given short shrift in many public schools around the country as academic emphasis has been placed on math and English Language Arts, the subjects for which there are high-stakes standardized tests. Now, Gorman Lee, president of the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies, is warning that social studies education is facing a “serious civic crisis.”Read full article >>






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Strauss: Guess the subjects deemed too ‘sensitive’ for new Common Core test

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 4:00am
Millions of students are taking Common Core tests known as the SBAC, but they may not realize that long before they sat down for the exams, certain subjects were deemed either too sensitive for inclusion or permitted on the exam in very specific ways. What subjects?  Would you believe:Read full article >>






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Montgomery to end school year one day late, after state waives lost time

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 8:06pm
Montgomery County’s school year will end June 15, one day later than planned, following the approval of a state waiver that forgives the school district for two days of instruction lost to the winter’s snow and ice. Read full article >>






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Students continue to fail math final exams in Montgomery high schools

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 8:05pm
Montgomery County’s high school students failed their most recent final exams in key math classes at rates similar to previous semesters, according to new data that shows there has been little progress in boosting scores.Read full article >>






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Md. and Va. students place 1st and 3rd in AP scores

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 7:17pm
Maryland again had the highest percentage of high school seniors in the country pass Advanced Placement tests, the ninth consecutive year the state’s students have topped their peers.The College Board, which administers the university-level exams for high school students, said 31.8­­ percent of Maryland’s graduating seniors received a 3 or better on at least one test in 2014 to earn college credit.Read full article >>






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Lawsuit seeks to stop Sweet Briar College from closing

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 6:56pm
This post has been updated. A lawsuit seeking to stop Sweet Briar College from closing was filed Monday by the Amherst County Attorney, charging that a closure would violate the terms of the will under which the school was founded and that charitable funds have been misused in violation of state law.Read full article >>






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Justice Dept. sues a university for firing a professor who switched gender

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 5:14pm
The U.S. Justice Department is suing an Oklahoma university, charging that school officials discriminated against a professor who changed gender during her time working there.Rachel Tudor was hired as a tenure-track assistant professor in the English department at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2004, after applying as a man with a traditionally male name, according to the lawsuit  filed Monday. Then in 2007, Tudor told school officials that he would become a woman during that academic year, took the name Rachel, and began wearing women’s clothes and a traditionally female hairstyle.Read full article >>






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La. court tosses out Jindal-backed lawsuit to kill Common Core

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 3:02pm
In a blow to opponents of the Common Core State Standards in Louisiana, a Baton Rouge judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and a group of lawmakers who argued that state officials violated Louisiana law when they adopted the controversial K-12 academic standards in 2010. Read full article >>






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D.C. teens heading to Croatia for youth exchange program

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 2:30pm
Ten juniors from D.C. Public Schools are heading to Zagreb later this month for a cultural exchange program that could become a model for future excursions.The teens will take part in a youth exchange program run by Step Afrika!, a D.C. based professional dance company that promotes the tradition of stepping in the United States and abroad.Read full article >>






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New principal to take the helm at Woodson High

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 1:25pm
Lanier Middle School Principal Scott F. Poole will become the new principal at W.T. Woodson High, filling a months-long vacancy at one of Fairfax County’s top-performing secondary schools.Poole’s rise to Woodson principal, effective April 13, will come seven months after the retirement of Jeff Yost, whose seven-year tenure ended in September. Dan Meier, Woodson’s interim principal, will move to Lanier to serve in a similar capacity when Poole takes over at Woodson.Read full article >>






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Strauss: ‘Insanity. I have to sign a permission slip so my middle-schooler can eat an Oreo’

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 11:51am
Insanity. I have to sign a permission slip so my middle-schooler can eat an Oreo.That was the text of a tweet by the mother (@RHMainLine) of a student at Welsh Valley Middle School in Pennsylvania, who was dismayed to receive a permission slip from a teacher requesting permission to allow her child to eat a Double Stuf Oreo after it was used in a science experiment.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Report: Big education firms spend millions lobbying for pro-testing policies

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 4:00am
(Corrections: The center corrects points about Houghton Mifflin’s market share for Common Core testing; and McGraw Hill. The original post said testing made up for shrinking textbook market share; the company says it is digital resources.Read full article >>






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Fairfax student’s patented cleat designs are catching company eyes

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 5:44pm
San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson was expected to be among the NFL’s top performers in the fall of 2008. A former league MVP, Tomlinson, known for his churning legs and quick feet, was one of the most reliable running backs, and he was set for another banner year.Read full article >>






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My bad typing years ago and what it means about student engagement now

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 2:02pm
My first class in high school was typing. I took it the summer before my freshman year. I was a total grade-grubbing dork, so the experience thrilled me — and it had nothing to do with the fact that the class was mostly girls. I didn’t notice that at the time, one more sign of my slow social development. I just wanted to get an A.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Why kids are getting more aggressive on the playground

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 8:00am
Here is a new piece from pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom, who has written some popular posts, including “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today,” as well as “The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class” and “A therapist goes to middle school and tries to sit still. She can’t. Neither can the kids.” Here is the fifth in her occasional series on movement in classrooms. Hanscom is the founder of TimberNook, a nature-based development program designed to foster creativity and independent play outdoors in New England.Read full article >>






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Strauss: ‘You don’t need to know what is not on the test.’ A song.

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 6:00am
Go on to sleep now, third grader of mine. The test is tomorrow but you’ll do just fine. It’s reading and math, forget all the rest. You don’t need to know what is not on the test.That’s the first stanza to a song that Tom Chapin and John Forster wrote for NPR’s Morning Edition in 2008, when No Child Left Behind had been the law for half a dozen years, but it has equal, if not more resonance, today, seven years later, with standardized tests being all-important in many school accountability systems.Read full article >>






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Strauss: You’ve heard the phrase ‘college and career readiness.’ But what exactly is it?

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 4:00am
You can’t have a conversation about the goals of school reform without hearing the term “college and career ready.” What exactly does that mean? The answer is less obvious than you might think, according to this post, by  Jonathan Hasak, who writes about the need for America’s education system to adapt to a changing economy. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, American Educator, The Century Foundation blog, Education Week, and the Huffington Post.Read full article >>






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Can volunteers help kids read more proficiently? New research says yes.

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 6:48pm
Public schools have long relied on volunteers to manage bake sales and to chaperone field trips. But what if schools could harness and organize volunteers to do something bigger and more difficult?They can, according to new research that suggests that volunteers could be instrumental in helping millions of American children to read proficiently.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Will the new SAT be easier than the old one? A look at what the new test could look like

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 1:30pm
The College Board just released a sample of its revised PSAT, or the Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which is taken by some 3.5 million high school students each year. The PSAT does not count for college admissions, but is important for students hoping to win a National Merit Scholarship. And because the PSAT and the SAT use the same style of questions, this gives us a chance to see what the new SAT — which is being unveiled in 2016 — will look like. This post does just that. It was written by James S. Murphy, who has been prepping students for the SAT for almost two decades.  He lives in Boston and is a tutoring manager for The Princeton Review. The views represented here are his own.Read full article >>






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