Education News from Washington Post
Scores on the SAT college entrance exam dipped three points for Montgomery County students who graduated in the spring, according to figures released Thursday, but Montgomery’s performance remains well above the state and national averages.Read full article >>
Here’s a great piece on school reform by Los Angeles educator Brock Cohen. He is in the second year of a doctoral program at the University of Southern California and he works at the nonprofit Los Angeles Education Partnership, which helps build organizational capacity in high-poverty schools. He was a teacher for a dozen years in Los Angeles public schools.Read full article >>
Virginia students received their highest scores ever on the modern SAT college admission test this year, and scores also rose in the District even as national averages remained unchanged. Maryland’s scores dropped for the third straight year, according to data for the Class of 2013 released Thursday.Read full article >>
The Prince George’s County school system was forced to return $1.4 million in state funds this year after it failed to approve school construction contracts within a two-year deadline.
The county lost the funding in May after it failed to sign agreements with contractors to handle upgrades to science classrooms at Potomac and Crossland high schools, according to David Lever, executive director of the Maryland Interagency Committee on School Construction, which oversees school projects in the state. Lever said it is unusual for a school system to miss such a deadline and lose funding.Read full article >>
The U.S. Department of Education this week recognized seven Washington area schools with National Blue Ribbon awards for exemplary performance.
The schools in the Washington region — including two traditional public schools, one public charter school and four private schools — were among 286 schools honored across the country.Read full article >>
U.S. education lusts for STEM. Prepare to be pitied if you ask at a school conference what the acronym means (science, technology, engineering, math). There are STEM schools, STEM programs, STEM books, STEM experts. STEM grant applications get more respect. Everybody says STEM careers mean more money. I Googled STEM and got 146 million results.Read full article >>
Over the last several years I have done an occasional series of interviews with people from different walks of life about their own education. Among those I’ve spoken to are Attorney General Eric Holder, legendary producer Quincy Jones, actor Zac Efron, and New York Times writer David Carr. (There’s a galley here.) My favorite may be the hilarious exchange with Spongebob, the one and only interview he has consented to give in all of his time as a Nickelodeon star.Read full article >>
A paleobotanist and a behavioral economist, a medieval historian and an audio preservationist, a research psychologist and an agricultural ecologist, an immigration lawyer and a photographer/videoartist, a jazz pianist/composer and a public health historian/anthropologist. These are just some of the professions represented on the just-released 2013 list of MacArthur Foundation Fellows, or, more popularly referred to by the media as the “genius awards.”Read full article >>
Administrators for Fairfax County public schools are projecting a $156 million deficit for next year’s budget as the school system seeks to provide teachers and staff with significant raises after years of stagnant compensation.Read full article >>
Back in July, D.C. officials shouted out the news that public school students had earned the district’s highest-ever reading and math test scores, results that moved D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray to say:
I don’t think there’s any doubt we’re on the right path. We just need to stay the course.Read full article >>
History matters, but you couldn’t tell by the way it is taught in many schools. Here Marion Brady, a classroom teacher for years, talks about the problem, and the solution. Brady has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall), professional books, numerous nationally distributed columns (many are available here), and courses of study. His 2011 book, “What’s Worth Learning,” asks and answers this question: What knowledge is absolutely essential for every learner? His course of study for secondary-level students, called “Connections: Investigating Reality,” is free for downloading here. Brady’s website is www.marionbrady.com.Read full article >>
Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Howard University’s credit rating Tuesday, citing a loss of patient revenue and volume at its hospital, cuts in federal funding and other challenges facing the historically black university.Read full article >>
The chairman of the D.C. Council’s education committee on Tuesday accused city officials of manipulating scores on the city’s 2013 standardized tests.
The issue arose at a monthly breakfast for council members and Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), during a briefing in the wake of a Washington Post report that revealed city officials scored the tests — newly aligned to tough Common Core standards — in a way that allowed them to announce historic gains in both math and reading.Read full article >>
An outside audit of the Fairfax County public schools found the potential for millions of dollars in annual savings should officials follow the report’s recommendations, including changes to staffing levels for elementary schools and custodians.Read full article >>
As prominent University of Virginia alumni lobby candidates for Virginia governor to involve the university community in selecting members for the Board of Visitors, a leader of the movement has donated $50,000 to Terry McAuliffe’s campaign for governor.Read full article >>
Under the supervision of a federal court, Louisiana has agreed to supply the Justice Department with data about its controversial school voucher program and to analyze whether the vouchers are re-segregating schools that are under federal orders to achieve a balance between white and black students.Read full article >>
School board members in Montgomery County posed questions Monday about two new district efforts to improve performance on high school math exams, asking about plans to do additional student surveys, help individual students and fix underlying problems.Read full article >>
Most of the 40 people who attended the parents’ forum at Largo High School on Monday night are trying to take a more active role in their children’s education.
Then there were Emma and Harry Andrews.
The couple’s three children graduated from the county schools. And the last of their five grandchildren graduated about six years ago.Read full article >>
How is the college admissions process like baseball? Consider two key statistics.
Baseball fans are obsessed with batting averages. They know the math: Hits divided by number of times at bat. There are a few nuances. Walks and sacrifices don’t count as at-bats. Ditto if a batter is hit by a pitch or awarded first base on catcher interference. The at-bat count follows rules that are universally recognized. Fans know, without question, that one player’s batting average is comparable with another’s. As of Tuesday morning, Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera led the major leagues with a batting average of .350.Read full article >>
As the new principal at Beltsville Academy, Leslie Lowe knew she was taking on a different role during a time of major transition in Prince George’s County schools. The teacher evaluation process has changed and there are new academic standards affecting classroom instruction.Read full article >>