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Strauss: One thing schools should do to boost students’ intellectual growth

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 4:00am
Marion Brady is a veteran educator who has long argued that public education needs a paradigm shift, though not the same one that school reformers who push the Common Core State Standards, school choice and vouchers want to see. What Brady and like-minded educators say is needed is an overhaul in what and how students learn. You can see some of his earlier pieces on this here (Why Common Core isn’t the answer), here (One way to solve America’s major curriculum problem) and here  (‘The Procedure’ and how it is harming public education). Here’s his newest.Read full article >>






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Group proposes more assessments for Va. kindergartners

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 5:24pm
A University of Virginia report published last week found that about a third of Virginia youngsters rated poorly on kindergarten readiness and argued that more assessments are needed for young students to identify where they fall short.Read full article >>






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Mathews: Some parents decry more computer work

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 4:26pm
Laptops or tablets for every student have led to messes in many big school districts, such as Los Angeles. Could the same be true of the new technology program in Arlington County, one of this region’s best-run school systems? Read full article >>






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Poor, Hispanic school focuses on test prep, sees huge gains. But can it be replicated?

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 5:32pm
A grim picture of academic performance was emerging at Carlin Springs Elementary. Fewer than half of the school’s third-graders had passed the reading and math portions of the Virginia Standards of Learning exam, and numbers for history and science weren’t much better.Read full article >>






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Northern Virginia’s weird week in snow

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 6:04pm
For the Washington region’s school employees, parents and schoolchildren, this week’s arctic blast brought school closings, late openings, an avalanche of gripes, a handful of school bus accidents and at least one hilarious parody of a top school official.Read full article >>






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Education Secretary Arne Duncan to outline education priorities and defend testing

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 5:57pm
As a new Congress gets to work to rewrite the 2002 federal education law known as No Child Left Behind, the Obama administration is drawing what Education Secretary Arne Duncan calls a “line in the sand”: The federal government must continue to require states to give annual, standardized tests in reading and math.Read full article >>






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Obama’s free community college tuition plan: Four questions

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 2:39pm
President Obama’s proposal for tuition-free community college could be “a game-changer,” some education leaders say, if it entices students who hadn’t thought seriously about going to college to reverse course and pursue a degree. Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teacher: The greatest gifts students have given me that can’t be purchased or wrapped

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 10:45am
With the education debate focused so much on policy and standards, it is easy to forget what actually goes on in classrooms beyond test-taking. This post reminds us of the real stuff of teaching and learning. It was written by Jess Burnquist is a veteran high school teacher and writer who works in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Her writing has appeared in TIME.COM, The Frisky, xojane, mommyish.com, and she is a regular contributor to Life of the Law. You can see her work at www.jessburnquist.com.Read full article >>






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Maryland and Microsoft partnership provides free Office 365 for students

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 9:41am
Maryland education officials say the state’s 870,000 public school students will get free Microsoft Office 365 software as part of a new state partnership with the technology giant.Under the collaboration, students will be able to download the Microsoft software at no cost on up to five devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets and cellphones, a spokesman for the Maryland State Department of Education said.Read full article >>






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Superintendent calls for $70 million in teacher raises in new Fairfax budget

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:03pm
Fairfax County Schools Superintendent Karen Garza will seek almost $70 million in pay raises for teachers next year as part of a budget proposal she announced Thursday night.“Our outstanding employees are key to our past and future success,” Garza said. “And we are losing great teachers to surrounding school systems.”Read full article >>






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Obama to unveil proposal for tuition-free community college

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 8:14pm
President Obama on Friday will propose making community college tuition-free for “responsible students,” launching what officials described as an ambitious plan for the federal and state governments to widen access to higher education.Read full article >>






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One of the top states for public schools is ... Wyoming?

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 4:43pm
Education Week has come out with its annual state rankings for public education, and topping the list are plenty of the usual suspects, many of them in the Northeast. But also making its debut in the top 10 is a surprise: Wyoming, a state better known for its cowboys than its excellent schools.Read full article >>






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D.C. teacher wins $25,000 cash award

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 4:08pm
The Milken Family Foundation presented Michelle Johnson, a second-grade teacher at the District’s Seaton Elementary, with a $25,000 award Thursday in recognition of her success in the classroom. Johnson was surprised with the award during an assembly at Seaton in the District’s Shaw neighborhood. Her students, many of whom are low-income and learning English as a second language, have made impressive academic gains under her tutelage, according to the Milken Family Foundation.Read full article >>






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American University’s freshmen: Where they come from

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 2:22pm
American University recruited 69 foreigners from about three dozen countries for its undergraduate Class of 2018, according to a demographic profile of its first-year class.They account for about 4 percent of the 1,787 freshmen enrolled at the private university in Northwest Washington. Read full article >>






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Strauss: Mom spells out problems with PARCC Common Core test

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 11:00am
Sarah Blaine is a mother, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey. She just testified to the New Jersey Board of Education urging members to pull out of PARCC, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, which is one of the two multi-state consortia designing new Common Core standardized tests with some $360 million in federal funds. PARCC has been losing members as one state after another has withdrawn, choosing to use its own tests.Read full article >>






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Class sizes, teacher salaries and per-student spending: How D.C.-area schools stack up

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 5:30pm
This story has been updated.Arlington Public Schools will outspend its counterparts in the Washington suburbs by at least $1,500 per student this year, with per-student spending above $19,000, and Prince William County schools have the largest class sizes in the region.Read full article >>






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New federal guidelines highlight civil rights of English language learners

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 3:54pm
The Obama administration released guidelines Wednesday that highlight the civil rights of students learning English as a second language, who under federal law are guaranteed targeted help and a high-quality public education.Read full article >>






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Michigan picks SAT over ACT for free college admission testing

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 11:37am
Juniors in Michigan’s public high schools will be able to take the SAT college admission test for free starting in 2016, ending the dominance there of a rival test, the state announced Wednesday.Michigan chose the SAT over the rival ACT after a competitive bidding process. The College Board, a nonprofit organization based in New York, which oversees the SAT, won a three-year contract worth about $17.1 million. It was a significant victory for the College Board as it prepares to roll out an updated version of the SAT.Read full article >>






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Michigan picks SAT over ACT for free college admission testing

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 11:37am
Juniors in Michigan’s public high schools will be able to take the SAT college admission test for free starting in 2016, ending the dominance there of a rival test, the state announced Wednesday.Michigan chose the SAT over the rival ACT after a competitive bidding process. The College Board, a nonprofit organization based in New York, which oversees the SAT, won a three-year contract worth about $17.1 million. It was a significant victory for the College Board as it prepares to roll out an updated version of the SAT.Read full article >>






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New federal guidelines highlight civil rights of English language learners

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:30am
The Obama administration on Wednesday released guidelines for schools meant to highlight the civil rights of students learning English as a second language, for whom federal law guarantees targeted help and high-quality education.Read full article >>






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