Education News from Washington Post
Prince George’s County Schools Chief Executive Kevin M. Maxwell, who came to the district as part of an overhaul of the school system, has added four new executive-level positions to his administration, hires he said will improve academic achievement.Read full article >>
Faulty calculations of the “value” that D.C. teachers added to student achievement in the last school year resulted in erroneous performance evaluations for 44 teachers, including one who was fired because of a low rating, school officials disclosed Monday.Read full article >>
(2nd Update: details on affected teachers)
More than 40 teachers in D.C. public schools received incorrect evaluations for 2012-2013 because of errors in the way the scores were calculated and one was fired as a result.Read full article >>
(Update: U.S. legislator writes letter to ASA, new details)
Dozens of American colleges and universities are rejecting an academic boycott of Israeli universities recently approved by the academic American Studies Association, the nation’s oldest and largest association devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history. Some schools said they are withdrawing from the organization.Read full article >>
A revised version of the online Common Application for colleges, once plagued by technical glitches, is showing signs of normalcy as students approach crucial deadlines in January for applying to selective schools.Read full article >>
Here, in 14 cartoons that are a takeoff of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” is the story of “How the Dirth Stole Learning,” a commentary on the nation’s standardized testing obsession, school reform and the real meaning of learning.Read full article >>
Among parents in Montgomery County, standardized testing is facing new opposition: Why, they ask, must their students take outdated exams that no longer reflect their classroom teaching?
Many are urging that the Maryland School Assessments (MSAs) scheduled for March be canceled.Read full article >>
Nicole Anderson figured it would take her about four years to raise enough money to buy the musical instruments she needed to give her students at Southwest Washington’s Patterson Elementary School the instruction they deserved.Read full article >>
As his days as Fairfax County schools deputy superintendent come to an end, Richard Moniuszko has been preparing to head back to the classroom as an associate education professor at George Mason University.Read full article >>
In the torrent of e-mails and comments that greeted my request for a solution to high school stress, one point was repeated so often that even a former grade-grubber and homework-lover like me had to notice. Madison High School junior Maddy King had inspired my column with the same idea. King told her Fairfax County principal, “If you could talk to the teaching staff as a whole — let them know that we do not need thirty-six math problems if we’ve grasped the concept after nine.”Read full article >>
Hundreds of scholars from 24 colleges and universities have sent a letter to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) and State Budget Director Art Pope asking them to repudiate what the academics claim is an effort by a Pope-funded organization to retaliate against a professor who was critical of the McCrory administration.Read full article >>
What’s the future of education technology? Venturing an educated guess is Larry Cuban, a high school social studies teacher for 14 years and a district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, VA), is professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. His latest book is “Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice: Change without Reform in American Education.” This post appeared on his blog about school reform and classroom practice.Read full article >>
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has a strange definition of “equality.”
Shortly before the November election in which Christie was seeking a second term, he decided that undocumented young people who were brought to this country illegally as children and who graduated from New Jersey high schools -- commonly referred to as DREAMers -- should get the same in-state rate for college tuition as legal residents. New Jersey’s version of the DREAM Act was pending in the legislature, and Christie sounded as though he was all for “tuition equality.”Read full article >>
Lisa Alva Wood is a Los Angeles teacher who was working with school reformers at the same time she belonged to the United Teachers Los Angeles, a union that has been a target of those same reformers. In this post, she tells the story of how a single phone call caused her to fall out of love with school reform. This first appeared on the Accomplished California Teachers blog.Read full article >>
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III has appointed Sonya Williams, a parent with one child in public school and another in private school, to fill a vacant seat on the county Board of Education.Read full article >>
The District’s high school graduation rate ticked up to 64 percent in 2013, a three-point gain over the previous year, according to data that city officials quietly released last week.
But the city average — long among the lowest in the country — masks wide gaps between different groups of students and different schools, with charter schools and the school system’s selective high schools posting higher rates than traditional neighborhood schools.Read full article >>
Several readers asked for the underlying source material for a story The Post reported a couple weeks ago on trends in university research.
The headline on that Dec. 9 piece was “Johns Hopkins again No. 1 in university research spending,” but the story also examined spending patterns at other colleges and universities.Read full article >>
Next fall, children who once crowded the halls and trailers at Bailey’s Elementary in Falls Church will be the first to enroll in a new, modern school, five-stories high, in a one-time commercial office building.Read full article >>
“Duck Dynasty’s” Phil Robertson, now famously suspended from his family’s popular television show for making shockingly offensive remarks about blacks and gays, once taught in Louisiana schools and has a bachelor’s degree in physical education as well as a master’s degree in education. He even “kinda liked” Shakespeare. That, at least, is what he has said in interviews and on the Duck Commander Web site.Read full article >>
Two Republican governors in recent years have championed big price cuts in higher education, pushing their states to offer a four-year bachelor’s degree for a tantalizing $10,000.
Now Maryland is forging into this price-slashing discussion with a plan that will enable students to get a bachelor’s degree from a public university for $20,000.Read full article >>