Education News from Washington Post
D.C. Public Schools students will not have to make up two of this year’s six snow days, officials said Monday.
The last day of school will be Friday, June 20, originally a professional development day for teachers and now a full instructional day.Read full article >>
The demographic makeup of Fairfax County’s Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology continues to shift. More than 66 percent of the students in next fall’s incoming class are of Asian descent, with just 10 black and eight Hispanic students admitted to the magnet school’s Class of 2018.Read full article >>
A week after D.C. parents found out how they fared in the District’s citywide school enrollment lottery, the traditional school system has released more data meant to give a fuller picture of how the lottery played out across the city.Read full article >>
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg is a parent living in Highland Park, New Jersey, and a member of Highland Park Cares About Schools, a nonpartisan coalition of coalition of parents, educators, and others interested in preserving public education. Here is an open letter she wrote to public school teachers in New Jersey and beyond.Read full article >>
Searching for a day care or preschool for your child is stressful. It can be challenging to peer into a room with finger paintings on the wall and the usual sand table in the corner, and figure out if this place is any good or any better than another place across town. That is, if you are lucky enough to get a spot in either of them.Read full article >>
Students in New York have been taking state-mandated Common Core-aligned standard tests in English Language Arts in recent days and, for the second year in a row, educators are saying the tests -- designed by the giant education company Pearson -- were badly designed for the second straight year.Read full article >>
The Kansas legislature just passed legislation that strips teachers of tenure and the right to due process, a move pushed by conservative lawmakers who were forced by a state Supreme Court ruling to provide more funding to poor school districts and wanted to get something out of the deal. After stripping teachers of their tenure, legislators had a brief discussion about jewelry.Read full article >>
One more thing school reformers think schools should be doing these days is teaching kids to have “grit.” To explain what this is all about is author Alfie Kohn in an article adapted from the author’s new book The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom about Children and Parenting, just published by Da Capo Press. A different version of this essay was published in the Outlook section of The Washington Post on April 6, 2014. Kohn (www.alfiekohn.org) is the author of 12 previous books about education, parenting, and human behavior.Read full article >>
Three George Washington University students who lived in a dormitory in the Foxhall neighborhood of Northwest Washington have died in the past three months, prompting the university to mobilize counseling services for its Mount Vernon campus.Read full article >>
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Monday urged college educators to promote teaching as a profession to their high-level students, emphasizing the country’s need for a qualified and diverse group of people to lead the next generation of U.S. children.Read full article >>
An examination of every score that Chicago students earned on state-mandated standardized tests last year reveals that charter schools -- which Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) has been promoting -- don’t perform any better than traditional public schools.Read full article >>
Branding helps build modern colleges and universities, whether they like it or not. Some pay great attention to slogans, Web sites, iconic images and social media. Some capitalize on being named after, or founded by, a president.Read full article >>
Short answer: No one knows yet.
D.C. officials triggered much debate among parents this weekend when they proposed new school boundaries and student-assignment policies that have the potential to affect tens of thousands of families around the city, fundamentally changing how children are assigned to school.Read full article >>
Kendall Breitman is a senior at American University in Washington, D.C. She is 22 years old and originally from Havertown, Pa., right outside of West Philadelphia. She went to school at Haverford High School (not one of the newer high schools that give their students computers to work with) and then went on to American to double major in print journalism and law & society. She will graduate in May and wants to be a reporter. (No, journalism is not dead.)Read full article >>
The students at Langley High School in McLean are going to court, taking part in a mock trial Tuesday as part of its annual case day event examining Supreme Court decisions.
The program allows the students at the school to learn more about the country’s highest court in the land, the constitution and how decisions by the justices affect the lives of Americans.Read full article >>
Since the America’s Most Challenging High Schools list began in 1998, I have learned something new every year. For instance, a surprise trend of rejecting football has appeared. Here are some other key lessons of the 2014 version that just launched:Read full article >>
Every year my fantastic Post colleague Jay Mathews takes a great deal of time to assemble his list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools, and he’s just done it again for his 2014 list, which you can read all about here. And just about every year, I write something about why I find the list troubling.Read full article >>
The classrooms at the elite Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology are empty today. The school’s students are at home, on a Monday, while thousands of teens at other Fairfax County high schools take part in regular classes.Read full article >>
President Obama visited a high school in Prince George’s County on Monday to announce the recipients of a new federal grant that is designed to better align the education system to meet the demands of the labor market.Read full article >>
America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index invented by Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews. The index formula is a simple ratio: The number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school in 2013, divided by the number of graduates that year. Noted in our national and local tables is the percentage of students eligible for government meal subsidies — a common benchmark for poverty — and each schools’s average SAT score, a common college entrance exam with a national average of 1498 out of 2400. This year, the list also notes whether each school has an 11-person football team as an indicator of changing school cultures, the subject of Mathews’ analysis of the 2014 results. The list includes some private schools — noted with a (P) — for comparison. Certain public schools with highly selective admissions are omitted from the list, but information about them can be found online, along with full local and national lists, at www.washingtonpost.com/highschoolchallenge.Read full article >>