Here is a letter that an award-winning New York high school principal is sending to every member of her state’s legislature in regard to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposals to reform teacher evaluation (for the second time in three years). Among Cuomo’s proposals is requiring that student standardized test scores account for a full 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation rather than the current 20 percent. Assessment experts warn against linking test scores to educators’ evaluation for a variety of reasons, but the practice has become a central feature of the school reform agenda of U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.Read full article >>
Music video by “Weird Al” Yankovic performing Word Crimes. (C) 2014 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music EntertainmentRead full article >>
Fourteen students at Venice High School are under investigation in a series of assaults involving two underage schoolmates that investigators believe started in December 2013.
RICHMOND — As Virginia State Police, elected officials and many others try to understand how a University of Virginia student wound up on a Charlottesville sidewalk, bloody and prone, one piece of the puzzle is conspicuously absent: body-camera footage.Read full article >>
Universities, rather than being forums for free expression, are encouraging “safe spaces” to protect delicate sensibilities.
Officials at the elite, private Oxbridge Academy say its polo team will serve as a democratizer, uniting children of different economic backgrounds.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan is a serious basketball player — co-captaining the Harvard varsity team and playing professionally, mostly in Australia — so it’s no surprise the department he leads likes to put a spotlight on academic performance among sports teams. The Education Department published on its Homeroom blog a piece titled “A Different Approach to NCAA Bracketology,” which looks at which schools would come out on top if academic performance were considered for both men and women in the March Madness tournaments.Read full article >>
Michele Gargano, the vice president of development for a biotech company, says she is a realist. A 1988 graduate of Virginia’s Sweet Briar College, she knows the odds are stacked against the tiny, all-women’s liberal arts school, whose president shocked the tight-knit community when he announced the school would close because of “insurmountable financial challenges.”Read full article >>
Many law school deans have begun to openly question the mechanics of the test, and some states are even exploring other options.
North Carolina State University said Friday that it was temporarily banning alcohol at social events for most fraternities after two chapters were suspended, one of them amid drug and sexual assault allegations.
About 600 high school students in eastern India were expelled this week for cheating on pressure-packed 10th-grade examinations, education authorities said Friday.
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Chanting “Black lives matter” and raising their fists, more than 100 African American students walked out of a meeting with law enforcement officials here Friday as the University of Virginia community expressed growing frustration in the quest for answers about this week’s violent arrest of a black student.Read full article >>
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