Education News from Washington Post
Charter schools in the District spent $18,150 per student during the 2011-2012 school year, while Prince George’s County Public Schools spent $10,408 on each child it served, a significant difference between the highest and lowest spenders in the Washington region, according to a study released Wednesday by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.Read full article >>
Drivers in Montgomery County have received 825 citations this year for illegally passing school buses that were stopped to drop off and pick up children, according to data from buses equipped with enforcement cameras.Read full article >>
In early 2012, Robert Scott, then the commissioner of education in Texas, rocked the world of education reform when he declared that school accountability systems based on high-stakes standardized tests had led to a “perversion” of what a quality education should be and he called “the assessment and accountability regime” not only “a cottage industry but a military-industrial complex.” Different kinds of protests by parents and educators, school boards and students began in Texas, California, New York and other states, and the year ended with a public call by Joshua Starr, superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, for a three-year moratorium on standardized testing. Since then the “test reform movement” has grown around the country, with tens of thousands of parents opting their children out of mandated standardized tests, teachers are starting to raise their voices and refusing to administer them, students are leading protests for sanity in school accountability.Read full article >>
With the 2014-15 school year in full swing, many high school seniors are finding that they have two jobs: keeping up with classes and filling out college applications. This post is the second in a continuing series about one senior as she navigates the college search and application process. She is Samantha Fogel, a student at The Derryfield School, a private college preparatory day school for grades six through twelve in Manchester, New Hampshire. Samantha and her college counselor, Brennan Barnard, will document her experience applying to college in occasional posts that will include the voices of her parents, teachers, friends and others. Her story may help debunk some myths surrounding selective college admission while providing a window into a time of transition for one young woman growing up in rural New Hampshire.Read full article >>
Karen Lewis, the fiery Chicago Teachers Union president who was expected to challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the February 2015 election and who had been leading him in the polls, will not wage a campaign against him. A statement released by her exploratory committee Monday said that Lewis, who was hospitalized last week with an illness described only as “serious,” will not run and confirmed what many had already suspected.Read full article >>
Malik Shakur said he was so inspired by the participation at the Prince George’s County School System’s annual “Men Make a Difference Day” on Monday that he is seriously considering joining the PTSA at his son’s school, John Hanson Montessori School in Oxon Hill.Read full article >>
With the new framework for the Advanced Placement U.S. History course under attack by critics who have claimed that it isn’t patriotic enough and even, perhaps, un-American, I decided to ask historian James McPherson for a considered opinion.Read full article >>
Three schools have opened this year in Loudoun County to accommodate the explosive growth of the student population, which has more than doubled since 2000.
Students, teachers and public officials dedicated two schools late last week: Cardinal Ridge Elementary School in Centreville on Thursday and Rock Ridge High School in Ashburn on Friday. A third, Trailside Middle School in Ashburn, had its dedication at the end of September.Read full article >>
As the number of homeless children in the District is increasing, public schools need to redouble efforts to help them, according to a new report by the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute.
More than 4,000 children in D.C. public schools qualified as homeless in the past school year, a 37 percent increase from the 2011-2012 school year, the report found. That includes nearly a quarter of students in some schools. And one in eight schools had a homeless rate of more than 10 percent. The figures include families living with friends or relatives, as well as those living in shelters or motels.Read full article >>
The parents of Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old University of Virginia sophomore, released a statement Monday pleading for information about her whereabouts, 30 days after she disappeared in downtown Charlottesville.Read full article >>
The Prince George’s County Public School System will hold a forum Tuesday night to get input from the community about priorities for the 2016 budget.
The meeting will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the school district’s administration building.Read full article >>
Tiny slips of paper are stuck to a board in a small conference room next to Principal Gorman Brown’s office at Charles H. Flowers High School, each bearing the name of a ninth-grader.
If a student’s name appears on a green slip, the student has a high probability of passing the ninth grade. A yellow piece of paper means a student is likely to make it to the 10th grade on time. If a student’s name is on red, the child is at risk of failing.Read full article >>
During the 11 years Trevor Packer has run the College Board’s Advanced Placement program, teachers of AP U.S. history have bemoaned the wide-open nature of the AP final exam’s multiple-choice section. Questions could range across anything related to American history. It was hard to resist stuffing students with every stray fact for fear it would be on the test.Read full article >>
Amelia Larson has worked for a few years as an assistant superintendent for student achievement in the Pasco County School District in Florida. Now she is resigning, and going out with something of a blast. Larson wrote a formal resignation letter — apparently requested by Superintendent Kurt Browning — and in it she savages Florida’s “accountability system” for schools that relies on high-stakes standardized testing. (See text below.)Read full article >>
It can be bewildering to keep track of all the “grassroots” education reform groups that have popped up in recent years. Where, have you ever wondered, do they all come from? Daniel Katz, an assistant professor of educational studies at Seton Hall University, explains in the following post who is actually funding many of them — and how “grassroots” they actually aren’t. This appeared on his blog.Read full article >>
It’s been a decade since JoAnn “Jody” Leleck helped transform Montgomery County’s lowest-performing school into one of its high achievers — a decade since she was clocking so many hours at Broad Acres Elementary that her staff fondly dubbed her “Ms. 7-11.”Read full article >>
Earlier this week I published a post titled “Pearson’s wrong answer — and why it matters in the high-stakes testing era” by Sarah Blaine, a mother, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey who writes at her own parentingthecore blog. The post (which has been very popular) detailed what happened when her fourth-grade child came home with some school work and she discovered an error by Pearson, the giant education company, which, she noted, matters a great deal in this high-stakes testing era. It turns out that a Pearson official, Brandon Pinette, senior public affairs manager, posted a comment on Friday to the post on The Answer Sheet apologizing for the mistake.Read full article >>
A third generation Virginia educator whose lessons on farming explore the mysteries of plant life and the finer points of livestock care was named the state’s teacher of the year for 2015.
Jaclyn Marie Roller Ryan, a agriscience teacher at Signal Knob Middle School near Strasburg, was among eight finalists in the state for the honor. The surprise announcement was made Friday at a hotel in Richmond by Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples and state board of education president Christian N. Braunlich.Read full article >>
A high school teacher from Howard County who helped boost minority enrollment in Advanced Placement courses and improve minority success rates on exams was named Friday as Maryland’s 2014-15 Teacher of the Year.Read full article >>
Students and staff at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts are mourning the loss of their principal, who died suddenly Thursday night.
John Payne collapsed at the school and was taken to the hospital. He died of an apparent heart attack.Read full article >>