Education News from Washington Post
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 >>
It has happened in Jamaica, Austria, Howard University and the Congressional offices of Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga).
Now you can add Charles Carroll Middle School in Prince George’s County to the growing list of places where people are grooving in remake videos of Pharrell Williams’s infectious song “Happy.”Read full article >>
More than a quarter of all Fairfax County schools received recognition from Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the state board of education Tuesday in the 2014 Virginia Index of Performance awards.
A total of 212 schools earned one of the three levels of VIP awards for academic achievement during the 2012-2013 school year, including 52 of Fairfax’s 196 schools. Three Fairfax middle schools — Rachel Carson, Longfellow and Rocky Run — earned the highest honor, the Governor’s award for educational excellence for meeting state and federal academic standards and all around high-achievement. It was the fifth consecutive year that Rocky Run Middle in Chantilly received the top award, which was given to five schools total.Read full article >>
The D.C. Public Charter School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to allow Options Public Charter School, a school for at-risk youths that had faced closure for allegations of fiscal mismanagement, to remain open through the 2014-2015 school year.Read full article >>
You may have given no thought to the “cut scores” that are set for various tests, but they make all the difference in who passes and who fails. What exactly are cut scores? The Educational Testing Service describes them this way:Read full article >>
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 >>