Education News from Washington Post
In the first large-scale analysis of new systems that evaluate teachers based partly on student test scores, two researchers found little or no correlation between quality teaching and the appraisals teachers received.Read full article >>
Montgomery County school officials could take a major step Tuesday toward updating the district’s teaching of sexual orientation, with proposals calling for introduction of the topic a year earlier in middle school and an end to scripted lessons with required phrasing.Read full article >>
On Easter Monday, when Montgomery County opened schools to make up for a snow day closing, many students didn’t make it to classes.
Nearly 20 percent of students were absent that day, schools officials said. In Maryland’s largest district, with 151,000 students, that means more than 30,000 seats were empty.Read full article >>
The commencement speaker purity bug has hit Smith College.
The Northampton, Mass., women’s college announced Monday that International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde has withdrawn as the school’s 2014 commencement speaker due to faculty and student protests over the IMF’s policies.Read full article >>
Teenagers are forever gracing (cursing?) the Internet with their social media antics. But this time — welp! — their teachers are encouraging them.Read full article >>
One of the problems with research of any kind, including and especially in education, is the problem of confusing correlation with causation. This sounds technical, but it really goes to the heart of the problem with research that confuses the first for the second. For example, a study may report that test scores rose after implementation of a specific academic program, and the conclusion could be made that the program helped. But the test scores could have risen for any other number of reasons, including kids eating better breakfasts or being tutored outside of school.Read full article >>
The Washington Monument is reopening Monday for the first time in nearly three years, during which more than 150 cracks were fixed after being sustained during a rare earthquake. Everybody knows that the monument was built to honor George Washington, but probably not a lot more about the history of the obelisk. Here are five things you probably don’t know about it:Read full article >>
How often do you hear people talk about wanting or having the “best” this or the “best” that and you have to try to stop yourself from rolling your eyes? Here’s a look at why the notion of “best” doesn’t make sense when it comes to teachers. This was written by Sarah Blaine, who wrote a post earlier this year by about teachers that went viral under the headline, “You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong.” Blaine is a mom, former teacher and full-time practicing attorney in New Jersey who writes at her parentingthecore blog, where a version of this post appeared. She tweets at @parentingcore.Read full article >>
As an advocate for victims of sexual violence, Judy Casteele deals often with Virginia Military Institute and other colleges in the Lexington area.
Her nonprofit organization, Project Horizon, operates a crisis hotline and provides counseling and other services to people in need. Sometimes that includes VMI cadets. Sometimes, too, the public military college asks Casteele for help.Read full article >>
A D.C. Public Schools task force is working on a new guide that aims to help promote hands-on and experiential learning throughout the city, Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced Monday.
The curriculum — titled “The City as Our Classroom” — will compile a set of field-trip ideas and sample lesson plans to help teachers identify opportunities to connect academic skills and themes with the District’s museums, parks and historical sites.Read full article >>
You’d think that after more than a dozen years in school, high school seniors would know what will get them into trouble and what won’t, but apparently some don’t. It’s senior prank season, and while some have been innocuous, others have led to arrests and suspensions, with one school seeing nearly 20 percent of the senior class picked up by police.Read full article >>
The District won relief two years ago from the most burdensome provisions of No Child Left Behind, the federal education law that requires all students to be proficient in math and reading by 2014.
Now that waiver is set to expire and District officials are seeking permission to extend it, highlighting debate — including among mayoral candidates — about whether the city has a strong enough system to fix chronically struggling schools.Read full article >>
Since 2008, Fairfax County Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Susan Quinn has been in charge of perhaps the most arduous challenge facing the administration every year: crafting the school system’s $2.5 billion budget.Read full article >>
Since President Obama’s daughter Malia attends the Sidwell Friends Upper School and her Sidwell Middle School sister Sasha will too, I would argue it is our most famous private high school.
Sidwell has many great teachers and splendid facilities on a lovely campus stretching out along the 3800 block of Wisconsin Ave. in Northwest. Tuition is $36,264, but applications pour in.Read full article >>
The Finnish company that created Angry Birds is marketing an early childhood curriculum around the world that is meant to make learning more fun.
Rovio Entertainment is hoping to combine the popularity of the game — one of the nation’s best-known exports with more than 2 billion downloads — with the international prestige of the nation’s education system for its new early childhood learning program, called Angry Birds Playground.Read full article >>