Education News from Washington Post
In many ways, the U.S. News and World Report college rankings are an annual parlor game that makes irresistible reading for students, parents, alumni, educators and, of course, journalists. Who’s up a notch? Who’s down two?Read full article >>
I recently published a post about how a teacher in New York was wronged by the state’s controversial new educator evaluation system, which is based in large part on student standardized test scores. Here’s a story about a school principal’s personal experience with the scores. This was written by Sean C. Feeney, principal of The Wheatley School in New York and president of the Nassau County High School Principals Association. He is a co-author of the New York Principals letter of concern regarding the evaluation of teachers by student test scores. It has been signed by more than 1,535 New York principals and more than 6,500 teachers, parents, professors, administrators and citizens. You can read the letter by clicking here.
As investigations continue into complaints of financial mismanagement at Rock Terrace School, Montgomery County administrators have begun a series of reforms hoping to prevent future problems at the special education school.Read full article >>
After years of focusing their attention on the quality of teaching inside city classrooms, District public schools officials are turning to a new front in their efforts to improve the schools: family living rooms.Read full article >>
The free online learning initiative overseen by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Tuesday added a technology giant as a partner: Google.
EdX, a nonprofit Harvard-MIT venture that provides online college courses for the masses, said Google has agreed to help develop its open-source software platform. That year-old platform, based at edx.org, offers dozens of courses from elite higher education institutions around the world. One of the partners is Georgetown University.Read full article >>
Consider this: The constitution of Pennsylvania says that the state legislature must
provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the Commonwealth.Read full article >>
Even in school districts where teachers have been laid off because of budget cuts, Teach For America manages to keep expanding. An education blogger in Massachusetts who writes about corporate-influenced reform on the website EduShyster.com, writes about this in the following post.Read full article >>
Howard University, once among the top 100 on the U.S. News and World Report list of national universities, has fallen to 142nd in the magazine’s latest rankings published Tuesday.
The historically black university in Northwest Washington, which has weathered a recent period of turbulence, including a public split on the board of trustees over the school’s leadership and finances, was ranked 120th by U.S. News a year ago and 96th four years ago. Howard’s drop from 2012 to 2013 was the second-largest found in an analysis of the top 200 schools on the U.S. News national universities list.Read full article >>
Dropouts who want to take the GED high school equivalency test will soon have an online guide to walk them through their preparation, registration, and college and career planning.
“We’re not just stopping with: ‘Here’s your test. You passed. You failed. You’re on your own,” said Nicole M. Chestang, executive vice president of GED Testing Service. There is now “a whole program developed around the test taker,” she said.Read full article >>
Chris Bayes, vice president of the PTA at Kenilworth Elementary School in Prince George’s County, was on vacation on Chincoteague Island when the idea of creating an outdoor classroom at Kenilworth Elementary came to mind.Read full article >>
A group of local and national organizations on Monday announced a $2 million grant competition meant to spur the creation of District schools that combine online and face-to-face instruction.
The Breakthrough Schools: D.C. competition is open to traditional and charter schools that want to redesign their instruction. Also eligible are groups seeking to open new schools in the District.Read full article >>
Safety Patrol history
●The American Automobile Association helped set up school patrols in the 1920s to get older students to help younger ones cross the street and get to school safely.Read full article >>
Are teachers really trying to turn creative kids into robots by insisting on “self regulation?” What is self-regulation anyway? Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham looks at this in the following post. Willingham is a professor and director of graduate studies in psychology at the University of Virginia and author of “Why Don’t Students Like School?” His latest book is “When Can You Trust The Experts? How to tell good science from bad in education.” This appeared on his Science and Education blog.Read full article >>
“Given that the focus of so much school reform is rightly on poor kids in underserved schools, and some charter organizations and Teach For America are particularly concerned about making a difference with such children advocacy of brief teaching careers gets perilously close to moral quicksand.” So writes Mike Rose in the following post about how the teaching profession is being redefined by reformers who don’t think much of experience. Rose is a professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and author of several books. His most recent works are “Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education, and “Public Education Under Siege,” which he co-edited with Michael B. Katz.Read full article >>
1. Will the Gray administration overhaul school boundaries? If so, when? And how?
Parents and prospective home buyers have been asking these questions for nearly a year, but answers have been slow to come.Read full article >>
A sixth-grader in Calvert County was suspended for forming his hand into a gun on his bus ride to school, an incident that adds to a string of recent high-profile cases involving punishments for children who gesture with imaginary weapons.Read full article >>
Any parent who has fought a local school or school system, or thought about doing so, can learn from Bill Horkan and his battle with the transportation department of the Loudoun County Public Schools.
In June, schools notified the parents of 3,500 children that they were not eligible for bus service. They did not qualify under LCPS manual section 6-21: “Transportation shall be provided for all elementary students living more than eight-tenths (0.8) of a mile walking distance from their assigned elementary schools.”Read full article >>
For as long as he can remember, Celso Amaya-Ventura has looked forward to being in fifth grade so he could join the safety patrol. His reading buddy in kindergarten was a patroller, as were the older kids who sometimes played with him at recess. The students in the neon green belts seemed to be everywhere at his Arlington County school — in the hallways, on his bus, at the front door.Read full article >>
The first paychecks of the new school year for 349 D.C. Public Schools teachers were late or included insufficient funds, according to school system officials, who attributed the problem to timekeeping errors.Read full article >>
Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York has for some time been chronicling the consequences of standardized test-driven reform in her state (here, and here and here, for example). Burris was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010, tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. She is the co-author of the New York Principals letter of concern regarding the evaluation of teachers by student test scores. It has been signed by more than 1,535 New York principals and more than 6,500 teachers, parents, professors, administrators and citizens. You can read the letter by clicking here.Read full article >>