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Strauss: New Virginia education superintendent advocated for less testing

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 3:29pm

The man that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe tapped to be the state’s new superintendent of public instruction has been a vocal advocate for reducing the amount of testing required of students as well as creating a new accountability system for teachers and schools.

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Strauss: New Virginia education superintendent advocated for less testing

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 3:29pm

The man that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe tapped to be the state’s new superintendent of public instruction has been a vocal advocate for reducing the amount of testing required of students as well as creating a new accountability system for teachers and schools.

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Strauss: Teacher: Over-tested zombies are invading my classroom

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 2:06pm

What are the effects of over-testing on students? Mary Tedrow, who teaches high school English in Virginia, explains. Tedrow co-directs the Northern Virginia Writing Project and is a National Board Certified Teacher as well as a member and past fellow of the Teacher Leaders Network. She blogs at Walking to School.

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Strauss: Teacher: Over-tested zombies are invading my classroom

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 2:06pm

What are the effects of over-testing on students? Mary Tedrow, who teaches high school English in Virginia, explains. Tedrow co-directs the Northern Virginia Writing Project and is a National Board Certified Teacher as well as a member and past fellow of the Teacher Leaders Network. She blogs at Walking to School.

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D.C. releases school lottery results

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:03pm

It’s D.C. school lottery day, one of the most anxiety-ridden times of the year for city parents who have spent months crossing their fingers for good luck getting into a good school.

More than 17,000 students entered the lottery this year, which for the first time this year included all traditional schools and most charter schools. Parents were allowed to rank up to 12 schools in order of preference, and a computer algorithm -- similar to the algorithm used to match doctors-in-training to medical residencies -- matched families to open spots.

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D.C. releases school lottery results

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:03pm

It’s D.C. school lottery day, one of the most anxiety-ridden times of the year for city parents who have spent months crossing their fingers for good luck getting into a good school.

More than 17,000 students entered the lottery this year, which for the first time this year included all traditional schools and most charter schools. Parents were allowed to rank up to 12 schools in order of preference, and a computer algorithm -- similar to the algorithm used to match doctors-in-training to medical residencies -- matched families to open spots.

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Strauss: ‘If only American teachers were smarter ’

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 4:00am

Teachers. In this school reform era, they have been targeted as “the” problem for failing schools. Are they? In this post, Jack Schneider, an assistant professor of education at the College of the Holy Cross, looks at the teaching corps and what is true about America’s teachers, what isn’t, and where to go next. Schneider is the author of two books, including the new From the Ivory Tower to the Schoolhouse: How Scholarship Becomes Common Knowledge in Education (Harvard Education Press, 2014). He tweets @Edu_Historian.

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Strauss: ‘If only American teachers were smarter ’

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 4:00am

Teachers. In this school reform era, they have been targeted as “the” problem for failing schools. Are they? In this post, Jack Schneider, an assistant professor of education at the College of the Holy Cross, looks at the teaching corps and what is true about America’s teachers, what isn’t, and where to go next. Schneider is the author of two books, including the new From the Ivory Tower to the Schoolhouse: How Scholarship Becomes Common Knowledge in Education (Harvard Education Press, 2014). He tweets @Edu_Historian.

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Leesburg mother leads effort to launch musical-theater magnet in Loudoun County

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 8:26pm

Loudoun County has magnet programs for teens who aspire to be mathematicians or chemists or mechanics, but Wendy Marco of Leesburg was frustrated to find there were no advanced programs that could help her 10th-grade daughter, who dreams of a life on stage.

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Fairfax science teacher wins $25,000 Milken Educator Award

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 8:20pm

Elizabeth Galinis sat quietly in the bleachers of the Hayfield Secondary gymnasium, oblivious that she was about to receive the teacher’s equivalent of an Oscar.

Galinis, a science teacher who also specializes in working with teens who hope to become the first in their families to attend college, joined the entire school on a recent Friday morning for what Hayfield administrators had described blandly as an awards ceremony.

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D.C. parents await school lottery results

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 7:44pm

Thousands of D.C. parents are anxiously awaiting the results of the city’s school enrollment lottery, which are expected to be posted online Monday and will determine where children are able to enroll next fall.

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Maybe paying for good grades is not so bad

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 1:21pm

I have been compiling data on college-level courses and exams at every public high school in the Washington area since 1998. It’s fun, like collecting baseball cards. Sometimes schools make progress. Sometimes they slip. Sometimes I find weird and exciting statistical jumps.

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Strauss: Are charter schools really better at keeping kids from dropping out?

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 1:00pm

There is a common perception that charter high schools do a better job than traditional public high schools in preventing kids from dropping out. Is that true? Guy Brandenburg, who writes the GFBrandenburg’s Blog (which is subtitled “Just a blog by a guy who’s a retired math teacher”), looked at some data in Washington D.C. and comes to an interesting conclusion. Here’s the piece, from his blog:

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Strauss: Common Core backer: For public schools, it’s great. For my private school, not so much.

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 11:56am

One of the big disconnects in Common Core advocacy is that a lot of the people who think the standards are vital to the future of America and want to see them implemented in public schools everywhere send their children to private schools that have not adopted the Core.

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Blossom kite festival canceled because of weather

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 10:58am

Organizers of the Blossom Kite Festival on the National Mall canceled today’s event as a result of rainy weather.

The kite festival, part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, had been scheduled for Saturday but was postponed until Sunday because of inclement weather. It was scheduled to be held near the Washington Monument.

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Blossom kite festival canceled because of weather

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 10:58am

Organizers of the Blossom Kite Festival on the National Mall canceled today’s event as a result of rainy weather.

The kite festival, part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, had been scheduled for Saturday but was postponed until Sunday because of inclement weather. It was scheduled to be held near the Washington Monument.

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Strauss: Long ‘waiting list’ for Florida vouchers doesn’t actually exist

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 1:00pm

This belongs in the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff category.

The short version:

Florida’s lawmakers are considering expanding a voucher-like tax credit program because, legislators keep saying, there is a huge waiting list of families who want to participate. It turns out that there is no waiting list.

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Strauss: Long ‘waiting list’ for Florida vouchers doesn’t actually exist

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 1:00pm

This belongs in the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff category.

The short version:

Florida’s lawmakers are considering expanding a voucher-like tax credit program because, legislators keep saying, there is a huge waiting list of families who want to participate. It turns out that there is no waiting list.

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Strauss: ‘You can’t expect much success on standardized tests when students don’t even have basic supplies’ -- editorial

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 12:01pm

The editorial board of a big-city newspaper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, has gone on record as not only supporting the right of parents to have their children opt out of high-stakes standardized tests but also saying they are “right to protest” in this manner.

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Strauss: ‘You can’t expect much success on standardized tests when students don’t even have basic supplies’ -- editorial

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 12:01pm

The editorial board of a big-city newspaper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, has gone on record as not only supporting the right of parents to have their children opt out of high-stakes standardized tests but also saying they are “right to protest” in this manner.

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