Education News from Washington Post
Andrew Dewey is an award-winning history teacher at Carnegie Vanguard High School in Houston. In 2011-12, he earned the top merit pay award that his school district gives out and had “most effective” teacher status through a controversial evaluation system that uses student standardized test scores. The next year, after teaching similar students in the same way, he went from being one of the district’s highest-performing teachers to one that made “no detectable difference” for his students.Read full article >>
For 11 months of the year, selective colleges wield most of the power in an intense national admissions frenzy. In April, though, the tables are turned as high school seniors mull over offers from colleges eager to enroll top talent.Read full article >>
School officials who suspended a boy in Anne Arundel County last year after he chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun said they took disciplinary action against the second-grader because of ongoing classroom disruption, not his imaginary weapon.Read full article >>
As a teenager in high school, Sean McComb met the English teacher who would change his life when he needed it most. McComb was a directionless, middling student whose mother was in a losing battle with alcoholism.Read full article >>
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) has repeatedly said the school system’s turnaround and the county’s efforts to draw businesses are intertwined.
It was part of the reason he sought a district takeover of the schools last year.Read full article >>
At Potomac High School, students said the track hasn’t been resurfaced in decades, and parents are worried about sitting on wooden bleachers.
At Forest Heights Elementary School, a parent complained about alleged asbestos and roaches crawling around the 61-year-old building.Read full article >>
Virginia social studies teachers are requesting more time to roll out new assessments meant to replace Standards of Learning tests.
Cathy Hix, president of the Virginia Consortium of Social Studies Specialists and College Educators, sent a letter to the state Board of Education requesting a one-year delay so they can develop the new tests and train teachers.Read full article >>
Montgomery County named its 2014-2015 teacher of the year Tuesday night: Jane Lindsay, an eighth-grade English and reading teacher at John Poole Middle School in Poolesville.
Lindsay got the news at a Champions for Children celebration hosted by the nonprofit Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education at the Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown.Read full article >>
Sean McComb of Maryland was named 2014 National Teacher of the Year on Wednesday. In an interview, McComb, a strong advocate for public education, talked about the complexities of teaching, the challenges that face educators and school reform policies that scapegoat teachers while ignoring many of the powerful factors that affect student performance.Read full article >>
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The 62-year-old National Teacher of the Year Program is the oldest national honors program that focuses on teaching excellence, and this week, the 2014 winners from each state, the District and U.S. territories are in the nation’s capital’s for the annual celebration.Read full article >>
The 2014 National Teacher of the Year is 30-year-old Sean McComb of Maryland, an accomplished English teacher who started a program at Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts in Baltimore County Public Schools to help students in the “academic middle” stretch themselves so they can succeed in college.Read full article >>
Teachers will receive salary increases and students taking advanced classes won’t have to pay testing fees under a new budget plan presented by superintendent Karen Garza late Monday to the Fairfax County school board.Read full article >>
Ten-year-old Shashi Arnold is a self-proclaimed doodler who wants to become an author and illustrator when she grows up.
In the meantime, some of her artwork might soon be available for all the world to see.Read full article >>
When Fairfax County’s school superintendent, Karen Garza, took office in July, she faced a dire outlook for fiscal 2015, with some internal projections showing a $140 million budget shortfall.
In her first months as leader of the school system, Garza often described the situation she had inherited as a “crisis.”Read full article >>
Leaders of Hospitality High, a D.C. charter school backed by some of the Washington area’s largest hotel companies, have decided to relinquish their charter to join the city’s traditional school system.Read full article >>
The White House is pushing colleges to survey their students about sex assault and other “campus climate” issues, part of a rape-prevention campaign that will include a Web site to support survivors and track enforcement, a public service announcement from President Obama, and recommendations for how to handle reported assaults.Read full article >>
High school students in Manassas will get an extra 50 minutes of sleep next year thanks to a decision last week to move their school starting time later than that of fifth- through eighth-graders.
Studies have shown that even modest adjustments to make school bells later lead to improved health, behavior and attendance among teenagers, whose body clocks are naturally set to go to sleep later and snooze until well past sunrise. In several school districts across the country, high school start times have been moved later in the morning. Fairfax County is currently considering such a change.Read full article >>
(Correction: Fixing status of FSU institute)
Education policymakers today insist that teachers, principals and schools must be “held accountable.” You would assume, then, that they would take every opportunity to ensure that all students who are educated with public money take the all-important standardized tests that are used as the chief accountability metric and that can determine how much educators are paid and employed.Read full article >>
When Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced Tuesday that children of illegal immigrants can qualify for in-state tuition, he highlighted an Arlington County graduate from Yorktown High School as an example of the type of student the ruling would help.Read full article >>