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Fairfax schools chief tied to evaluations under scrutiny

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 6:36pm

Fairfax County Schools Superintendent Karen Garza was a key figure in the implementation of a controversial teacher evaluation and merit pay system that is now the focus of a federal lawsuit filed in Houston last week.

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New book offers ground-level view of two D.C. schools

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 4:34pm

Sam Chaltain is a former teacher who spent a year following two D.C. schools — one charter, one traditional — in an effort to understand how the city’s high-profile school-improvement efforts are working for teachers, students and parents.

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Mathews: Giving aid and comfort to great teachers

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 2:35pm

My high school U.S. history teacher, Al Ladendorff, turned his classroom into a laboratory for critical thinking. He even asked us to tell him where the textbook was wrong. My wife Linda’s English and history teacher, Bill Goodfellow, required each student to write a research paper every year, some of them thousands of words long.

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Strauss: Arne Duncan can keep his cynical NCLB waiver — Washington school board member

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 2:02pm

Last month the U.S.  Education Department for the first time rescinded one of the waivers it gave to states that exempts them the most onerous parts of the flawed No Child Left Behind law. It was Washington’s, and as a result, the state will  have to comply with all parts of No Child Left Behind — even though it is a law that Education Secretary Arne Duncan himself has said is fatally flawed. In fact, because of the peculiarities of the way the law was written, nearly all of Washington’s public schools will now be seen as failing even though nothing actually changed in the schools. If it makes no sense to you, it doesn’t to a lot of other people either, especially in Washington state.

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Strauss: ‘Today was the first day I was ever ashamed to be a teacher’

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 10:32am

Students around the country are taking high-stakes Common Core-aligned standardized tests now and some teachers are expressing unhappiness about having to administer them.  Some are refusing to administer them and others are going public with their concerns about the nature of the tests and the emphasis being placed on them by policymakers.  Numerous problems have been reported with these tests in New York, including badly worded questions, unfair cut scores that determine who does well and who doesn’t, and booklets with blank pages. Entertainer Louis C.K. complained about the tests on Twitter and the David Letterman show.

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Sexual violence probes at colleges arise from Obama push on civil rights issues

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 9:57pm

What has become a national uprising against the scourge of sexual assault on college campuses started three years ago with a 19-page letter from an obscure agency in Washington.

Sexual violence was not only a crime that could land a perpetrator in jail, the Office for Civil Rights in the Education Department told schools in April 2011. It was also a form of harassment prohibited by federal anti-discrimination law, a declaration that required colleges to take vigorous steps to prevent sexual violence and provide a “prompt and equitable” response whenever cases arose.

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D.C. test data show strong link between student attendance, performance

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 6:07pm

As the District works to confront rampant truancy in city schools, national standardized test data show that D.C. students are absent from school more than the national average and more than almost all other large U.S. cities.

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Strauss: Actually, Louis C.K. was right about Common Core — Ravitch

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 2:02pm

Louis C.K., the multi-talented entertainer, has suddenly found himself in the news for an unlikely reason. It has nothing to do with any of his projects but, rather, his comments on Twitter and the “Late Show With David Letterman” about how standardized testing and the Common Core State Standards are affecting his daughters, who attend public school in New York City. Not at all well, he has made repeatedly clear.

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Strauss: Teaching is harder than working in high tech — by a teacher who worked in high tech

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 6:02am

After spending 25 years in high-tech — primarily in the wireless and Global Positioning System (GPS) industries — Dave Reid became a high school mathematics teacher and is now in his third year of teaching. It didn’t take him long to realize just how hard teaching really is — and how much harder it is than his previous jobs. Reid writes about it in this post, which appeared on the blog of Larry Cuban, professor emeritus of education at Stanford University and a former teacher and superintendent.

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Maryland to require math for all years of high school; universities also adjust rules

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 9:44pm

Many high school students in Maryland have been able to lighten their academic load during senior year by taking a break from tough math courses.

But that’s about to end.

Starting with the Class of 2015, 12th-grade math is required for seniors who are seeking admission to Maryland’s system of public universities. Separately, all students in Maryland will soon be required to take math every year of high school in order to graduate, a change that will start with next fall’s ninth-graders.re

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Montgomery County high school student diagnosed with meningitis

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 7:57pm

Health and school officials alerted families at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac on Friday that a student had been diagnosed with a form of meningitis, saying there was little risk to students but that parents should be aware of the presence of the contagious disease.

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Strauss: Why sexual assault cases on campus are often investigated by school, not police

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 3:35pm

The new focus on sexual violence on campus  has prompted many people to wonder why local police don’t investigate all such assault allegations, given that such behavior is criminal.

The White House this week released a list of 55 colleges and universities with open “sexual violence investigations” as the Obama administration puts a new focus on the issue of sexual violence at school and in the military. A  White House task force also released a report on how colleges can work toward preventing sex assaults, saying that colleges must be more proactive in curbing violence against women.

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