Education News from Washington Post
One thing that Virginia students can look forward to when new on-line Standards of Learning tests are implemented in the coming years is shorter testing times.
The traditional seventh-grade math test took about 40 minutes longer to complete for the majority of test takers statewide last spring than a new version that was tried out by a small number of students this year, education officials reported.Read full article >>
A coalition of local and national philanthropists has awarded grants to six groups that hope to lift the achievement of the District’s low-income children with schools that emphasize individualized learning, including programs that will use a combination of online and face-to-face instruction.Read full article >>
D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson defended her proposed budget Monday during a four-hour D.C. Council hearing that repeatedly circled back to questions about how the school system plans to spend tens of millions of dollars meant to serve at-risk youth.Read full article >>
If you are wondering how the high-stakes standardized testing season is going around the country -- including field testing of new Common Core-aligned standardized exams -- here’s the answer: Not so great.Read full article >>
(Update: More tweets)
Here’s a series of tweets that Louis C.K. wrote on standardized testing and the Common Core.
(If you don’t know who Louis C.K. is, I can’t help you. Google him.)Read full article >>
Calling it “a profound milestone,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Monday that the country has reached its highest graduation rate in history, with 80 percent of students receiving a diploma in 2012, the most recent year for which statistics are available.Read full article >>
A team of mental health experts will join the faculty at Woodson High School to support students and identify struggling teens, the Fairfax County school system announced Friday.
In a letter to parents, assistant superintendent Douglas Tyson, the administrator who oversees Woodson, wrote that the “school response team” will work on student outreach and suicide prevention programs.Read full article >>
The achievement gap that separates black and Hispanic students from white and Asian students remains in sharp focus a day after students in Montgomery County marched in downtown Rockville to urge action on the long-standing problem.Read full article >>
Hundreds of Montgomery County students marched more than a mile through Rockville on Sunday in a call to close the achievement gap that has left black and Hispanic students in the high-performing district trailing their white and Asian peers on measures of academic success.Read full article >>
A Fairfax County senior is among a select group of students to receive a scholarship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that will fully cover college tuition.
Maryam Mustafa, a Falls Church High School senior, is one of 1,000 U.S. recipients of a Gates Millennium scholarship. The program, created in 1999 with a $1 billion grant from Gates, provides students with tuition through college graduation and beyond. Students can use the scholarship toward a master’s degree and even a doctorate in such fields as computer science, education, engineering, mathematics and public health.Read full article >>
Thousands of Virginia public school students are trying out a new kind of online Standards of Learning test this year that education officials say is proving to be a more efficient exam, offering more precise and valuable information about each student.Read full article >>
Delores Millhouse and Gina Bowler don’t have children in the Prince George’s County school system.
But they would like to.
That was the message they shared with members of the county Board of Education, the new schools chief, the county executive and anyone else who would take a few minutes to listen during the past several months as they lobbied the district to add a Spanish immersion program to its academic offerings.Read full article >>
I am both impressed and annoyed by the work of Denise Clark Pope, a senior lecturer at the Stanford University School of Education who has become a leading national expert on the causes of stress for high school students.Read full article >>
D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) pledged to visit each of the city’s more than 200 traditional and charter schools when he took the helm of the council’s education committee in January 2013.Read full article >>
When students at the District’s Simon Elementary show up for school on time, they reach for a numbered index card. It’s their ticket for that day’s attendance raffle.
The prizes are small — a ruler, a calculator, a bag of candy — but they are enough to trigger shrieks of celebration each morning in the cafeteria, and administrators hope they also are enough to help nudge more children through the front door of the schoolhouse. The reward program is one of the more visible parts of a much broader effort to tackle rampant truancy at Simon and other schools across the city.Read full article >>
Montgomery County students and their supporters plan to march in Rockville on Sunday to bring attention to the school system’s achievement gap, which has left black and Hispanic students lagging behind their white and Asian peers on multiple measures of academic success.Read full article >>
Strauss: Kindergarten show canceled so kids can keep studying to become ‘college and career ready.’ Really.
An annual year-end kindergarten show has been canceled at a New York school because the kids have to keep working so they will be “college and career” ready. Really.
That’s what it says in a letter (see below) sent to parents by Ellen Best-Laimit, the interim principal of Harley Avenue Primary School in Elwood, N.Y., and four kindergarten teachers. The play was to be staged over two days, May 14 and 15, according to the school’s calendar.Read full article >>
Students from around the world explored the surface of Mars on Friday, examining the craggy outcrops of the Martian horizon and rocks smoothed by waters that once flowed on the Red Planet’s surface.
No, they weren’t actually on the surface of Mars, but it was the next-best thing. Students from the District, Houston, New Jersey, Buenos Aires and Managua, Nicaragua, joined in on a virtual field trip with NASA experts, looking at images beamed back from the rover Curiosity as part of an event that helped open this weekend’s USA Science and Engineering Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.Read full article >>
D.C. residents appear to overwhelmingly support maintaining the District’s neighborhood schools instead of moving to a lottery-based system, according to data presented at a public meeting Thursday night.Read full article >>
Strauss: Oklahoma school district accepts Bible curriculum that says sinners must ‘suffer’ for disobeying God
A suburban Oklahoma City public school district has adopted a curriculum for high schools that its backers say uses Bible stories to teach subjects such as history and the arts and that says all sinners must “suffer the consequences” of disobeying God. It also says that some U2 songs are based in the Psalms.Read full article >>