Education News from Washington Post
Scores in math, reading and science posted by 15-year-olds in the United States were flat while their counterparts elsewhere — particularly in Shanghai, Singapore and other Asian provinces or countries — soared, according to the results of a well-regarded international exam released Tuesday.Read full article >>
Here, from education historian and activist Diane Ravitch, the leading figure in the movement against corporate-influenced school reform, is a post with her views about the newly released scores from the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment, which showed that U.S. 15-year-old students have retained their no-better-than-average rankings in math, reading and science. Her latest book is Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools. This appeared on her blog.Read full article >>
The D.C. Council gave its tentative but unanimous approval Tuesday to a bill that would funnel extra dollars to public schools serving low-income students and others at risk of academic failure.
It’s not yet clear how much additional money the city’s traditional and charter schools would receive — that’s up to Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) to decide when budget season arrives next year. But there are signs that the investment, meant to help close persistent achievement gaps between poor and affluent children, could be large.Read full article >>
D.C. Council Member Muriel Bowser introduced a resolution Tuesday calling on the city to improve its struggling traditional middle schools, which have long driven families into charter schools, private schools and the suburbs.Read full article >>
Virginia may get its own state-level results in the next administration of the international test known as PISA, which compares performance in math, science and reading for students around the world.Read full article >>
Should Americans use the newly released Program of International Student Assessment scores, which show U.S. students have retained their very average rankings, as a tool to improve education policies? It all depends on whom you ask.Read full article >>
Six months before the June primary, three of four school board members up for reelection in Montgomery County have filed with the state elections board to seek another term.
Patricia O’Neill, 63, the longest-serving member, announced Monday that she will run for a fifth term. O’Neill’s district includes Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Potomac, although board members are elected by voters countywide.Read full article >>
It’s PISA Day, meaning that the latest results from the Program for International Student Assessment have just been released, and -- brace yourself -- the average scores for U.S. students were not very much different from any of the previous comparison years. They were generally in the middle of the pack of 65 countries and individual school systems.Read full article >>
Nearly 20 years ago, Congress ended a notable federal effort to support higher education behind bars.
Inmates of state and federal prisons became ineligible for Pell grants through a provision of the 1994 omnibus crime bill that President Bill Clinton signed into law. The House, then controlled by Democrats, approved the provision on a vote of 312 to 116 in April that year.Read full article >>
Here are highlights of the newly released 2012 scores from the Program of International Student Assessment, an exam given every three years to 15 year olds around the world in reading, math and science. In this administration of PISA, 65 countries and education systems participated. Connecticut, Florida, and Massachusetts each participated for the first time as international benchmarking systems and received separate scores.Read full article >>
Finland has for years been a leader in education, scoring at or near the top of international assessments and capturing the attention of the world for its successful approach to education. But Finland is no longer at the top of international test rankings (though they haven’t fallen very far), as newly released results from the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment show. Are Finnish schools slipping? By what measure? Why?Read full article >>
The D.C. Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to allow the Lab School of Washington, a private school for students with disabilities, to extend its lease on an old public school building in Northwest Washington.Read full article >>
The Goucher College professor handed out an essay question one fall evening to an unusual group of political science students, an assignment meant to draw out their views on the health of American democracy in its third century.Read full article >>
Catholic educators, scholars and bishops are engaging in an increasingly vocal debate about the Common Core State Standards, with a major split developing between those who support the Core and those who don’t. More than 100 dioceses have already approved the standards for their Catholic schools, but others are rejecting them, including the Diocese of Madison in Wisconsin, which last week sent out a letter (see below) explaining why.Read full article >>
A chemical spill at South Lakes High School in Reston sent two staffers to the hospital and forced two wings of the school to be shut down early this morning, school officials said.
At about 6:45 this morning, a container of hydrochloric acid was spilled inside a storage room, school officials said. In a letter to parents, South Lakes Principal Kim Retzer wrote that no students were injured during the incident, which happened before classes started Monday.Read full article >>
Tuesday is “PISA Day,” that is, the day that the 2012 results of reading, math and science tests will be released from the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, which tests 15 year olds every three years in more than 65 countries and education systems. The United States can be expected to do pretty much as it does every time the scores come out -- pretty average. One country that has done exceedingly well over recent years is Finland, whose education model has been cited repeatedly in recent years as an educational model. But what does that mean? Here’s a piece on the subject by Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, and Olli Luukkainen, president of Finland’s Opetusalan Ammattij rjest , or the Trade Union of Education.Read full article >>
President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have talked the talked about the importance of teachers, but when it comes to providing kids with equitable access to great teachers, they haven’t exactly walked the walk. Here is a post on the issue by Tara Kini, senior staff attorney at Public Advocates, a nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization that challenges the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination by strengthening community voices in public policy. She is also a member of the Coalition for Teaching Quality, a group of about 90 civil rights, disability, parent, student, community and education organizations dedicated to ensuring that truly highly qualified teachers are in all classrooms.Read full article >>
The father of one of my high school friends was part of Stanford psychologist Lewis Terman’s famous Genetic Studies of Genius project. This dad had been one of 1,528 California children with very high IQs who were followed for decades to see if they were as successful in life as they were smart on tests.Read full article >>
This Tuesday, new reading, math and science results will be released from the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, given every three years to 15-year-old students in more than 65 countries and education systems by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The results are always big news -- and the usual average U.S. scores are always cause for great cries of concern about what they mean for the future of the country’s economic health and national security. They don’t mean much, if anything, but that doesn’t stop people from saying they do.Read full article >>
Strauss: Rosa Parks’s official arrest report: She refused to give bus seat to white man 58 years ago today
Here’s a piece of history: the arrest report from Montgomery, Ala., police for Rosa Parks on Dec. 1, 1955, the day she rode a Montgomery city bus and refused to get up and move to the back of the bus so a white man could take her seat, as she was expected to in that era of segregation. She was arrested, and in the process, helped launch a new era in the American civil rights movement.Read full article >>