Arlington County will have 1,300 more middle school students by 2019 than it has today and — if nothing is done — not enough classrooms to put them in, according to county school officials.
Like many Northern Virginia school systems, Arlington’s student population is growing rapidly. This year, enrollment increased an unprecedented 5.2 percent, exceeding the district’s projections by 300 students. Two of the high-
performing system’s middle schools are over capacity.
I’m not surprised that University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan didn’t mention alcohol — not even once — in her Nov. 22 statement about the since-discredited report of a gang rape at a fraternity house and her desire to quell sexual abuse on campus. Education officials do their best to avoid the topic, despite the harm binge-drinking does to our students.Read full article >>
There has been a lot of controversy swirling around the Common Core State Standards and their relationship with literature, non-fiction and informational text. (Informational text is non-fiction, but not all non-fiction is informational text, which you can read about here.) Much of the debate has involved the requirement that students increasingly read more non-fiction; nonfiction texts are supposed to represent 50 percent of reading assignments in elementary schools with that percentage going up to 70 percent by grade 12. The Core English Language Arts authors have said that these percentages are across curriculum and that English teachers should still continue teaching literature, but many English teachers are being told to modify their offerings too.Read full article >>
There is growing resistance across the country against Common Core-aligned testing, as a growing number of parents are trying to opt their children out of taking these mandated standardized tests and some educators are refusing to administer them. This begs the larger question: Are test-based accountability systems on their way out? To answer that question in this post is Kevin G. Welner, a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder’s School of Education who specializes in educational policy and law. He is director of the National Education Policy Center and of the NEPC’s Schools of Opportunity project to recognize high schools using research-based practices to close opportunity gaps.Read full article >>
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Many people in the University of Virginia community remain outraged about the Rolling Stone account of a gang rape at a campus fraternity house that unraveled into a journalistic debacle Friday.Read full article >>