Enrollment growth in Prince William County Public Schools slowed this year, as the district started the school year with fewer than expected kindergartners.
The official count for the state’s second largest school system was 85,055, a 1.8 percent increase over last year’s enrollment.Read full article >>
The second major investigation of the year has been launched into cheating on the SAT in Korea with new allegations that questions from earlier tests were obtained by “cram schools” and given to students during preparation for the Oct. 5 administration of the exam. This follows the College Board’s cancellation of the May 2013 administration of the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests throughout Korea of the leak of test questions -- the first time a test has been cancelled in an entire country.Read full article >>
Four community meetings have been set to collect public comment on a proposal released earlier this month to change bell times in Montgomery County schools.
The proposal, offered by Superintendent Joshua P. Starr, would allow high school students to sleep later in the morning by delaying the start of first-period classes to 8:15 a.m. Classes now begin at 7:25 a.m.Read full article >>
Here’s a new list of 10 hot careers for recent and mid-career college graduates with bachelor’s degrees.
The report comes from the University of California at San Diego Extension, the continuing education arm of the university and was written by faculty Henry DeVries, Sundari Baru, and Josh Shapiro, who looked at data to create a list of “hot careers” that can “realistically be filled by recent college graduates.” Missing from the list are professionals such as surgeons, veterinarians and electrical engineers because they require far more training than the careers on this list.Read full article >>
In recent years we’ve seen the rise of big money being poured into local school board races from well outside the district, or city or even state where the election is being held. Millions were spent, for example, in Los Angeles school board races earlier this year. In April I published a piece by a teacher in New Jersey who blogs under the name “Jersey Jazzman” about the financing of a local school board campaign, and here is a new one, about another election and the same pattern of outside funding. A version of this appeared on the Jersey Jazzman blog.Read full article >>