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Strauss: What if we approached testing this way?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 1:32pm

Arthur H. Camins writes about the unintended consequences of many education reform policies. Camins is the director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. The ideas expressed in this article are his alone and do not represent Stevens Institute. His other writing can be found at www.arthurcamins.com. A version of this article was originally published February 2010, in the Gheens Institute for Innovation, Institute Insights.

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D.C. charter school board releases data on waiting lists, open slots

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 1:31pm

There are still more than 2,000 spots open at D.C. charter schools for the 2014-2015 school year, but most of the available seats are in low-and mid-performing schools, according to data that the D.C. Public Charter School Board released Thursday.

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Strauss: Is the $1 trillion student loan debt really a crisis?

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 12:20pm

When you read about the more than $1 trillion student loan debt in the United States, the word “crisis” invariably appears. But is it? Donald E. Heller, dean of the College of Education at Michigan State University, offers a different view of the common media portrayal of the issue.

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Georgetown delegates to students the key job of organizing welcome events for admissions

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 10:23am

A junior at Georgetown University, Justin Chapman leads a student group entrusted with a major task for the school in Northwest Washington: welcoming admitted students.

The university provides money and guidance. The Georgetown Admissions Ambassador Program, a student organization with more than 600 volunteers, does the rest.

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Strauss: Houston teachers sue over controversial teacher evaluation method

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 10:32pm

Andrew Dewey is an award-winning history teacher at Carnegie Vanguard High School in Houston. In 2011-12, he earned the top merit pay award that his school district gives out and had “most effective” teacher status through a controversial evaluation system that uses student standardized test scores. The next year, after teaching similar students in the same way, he went from being one of the district’s highest-performing teachers to one that made “no detectable difference” for his students.

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Georgetown and other colleges woo admitted students, hoping to seal the deal

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 10:32pm

For 11 months of the year, selective colleges wield most of the power in an intense national admissions frenzy. In April, though, the tables are turned as high school seniors mull over offers from colleges eager to enroll top talent.

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‘Pop-Tart’ case gun appeal: School officials say the problem was ongoing misbehavior

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 8:06pm

School officials who suspended a boy in Anne Arundel County last year after he chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun said they took disciplinary action against the second-grader because of ongoing classroom disruption, not his imaginary weapon.

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Baltimore high school educator honored as top teacher in the nation

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 6:10pm

As a teenager in high school, Sean McComb met the English teacher who would change his life when he needed it most. McComb was a directionless, middling student whose mother was in a losing battle with alcoholism.

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Baker, Maxwell and Eubanks discuss the Prince George’s County school system

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 4:09pm

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) has repeatedly said the school system’s turnaround and the county’s efforts to draw businesses are intertwined.

It was part of the reason he sought a district takeover of the schools last year.

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Prince George’s students, parents plead for improvements to school facilities

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:43pm

At Potomac High School, students said the track hasn’t been resurfaced in decades, and parents are worried about sitting on wooden bleachers.

At Forest Heights Elementary School, a parent complained about alleged asbestos and roaches crawling around the 61-year-old building.

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Va. social studies teachers request more time to develop new tests

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:18am

Virginia social studies teachers are requesting more time to roll out new assessments meant to replace Standards of Learning tests.

Cathy Hix, president of the Virginia Consortium of Social Studies Specialists and College Educators, sent a letter to the state Board of Education requesting a one-year delay so they can develop the new tests and train teachers.

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Teacher Jane Lindsay of John Poole Middle is named Montgomery’s top educator

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:04am

Montgomery County named its 2014-2015 teacher of the year Tuesday night: Jane Lindsay, an eighth-grade English and reading teacher at John Poole Middle School in Poolesville.

Lindsay got the news at a Champions for Children celebration hosted by the nonprofit Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education at the Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown.

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Strauss: 2014 National Teacher of the Year: Let’s stop scapegoating teachers

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 10:40am

Sean McComb of Maryland was named 2014 National Teacher of the Year on Wednesday. In an interview, McComb, a strong advocate for public education, talked about the complexities of teaching, the challenges that face educators and school reform policies that scapegoat teachers while ignoring many of the powerful factors that affect student performance.

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Strauss: Live online chat today at 1 p.m.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 10:08am

I’ll be doing a live chat on washingtonpost.com at 1 p.m.EDT  today, so if you have any questions or comments about anything in education (or even marginally related), send them in here:

http://live.washingtonpost.com/the-answer-sheet-20140430.html

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Strauss: America’s best teachers got a B on this quiz

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 8:47am

The 62-year-old National Teacher of the Year Program is the oldest national honors program that focuses on teaching excellence, and this week, the 2014 winners from each state, the District and U.S. territories are in the nation’s capital’s for the annual celebration.

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Strauss: Maryland educator named 2014 National Teacher of the Year

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 8:31am

The 2014 National Teacher of the Year is 30-year-old Sean McComb of Maryland, an accomplished English teacher who started a program at Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts in Baltimore County Public Schools to help students in the “academic middle” stretch themselves so they can succeed in college.

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Fairfax schools chief unveils new budget plan

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 1:20am

Teachers will receive salary increases and students taking advanced classes won’t have to pay testing fees under a new budget plan presented by superintendent Karen Garza late Monday to the Fairfax County school board.

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