It would be easy to think that the Atlanta cheating scandal by adults on standardized tests is the worst we have seen, given last week's startling indictment against former Atlanta schools superintendent Beverly Hall and 34 others under a law used against mobsters.Read full article >>
As spring break begins Monday for public schools across the District, students are fanning out across the globe on trips designed to impart lessons that can’t be learned from a book.
More than a dozen students from Washington Metropolitan High, a D.C. alternative school, and the selective School Without Walls are journeying to West Africa. They will practice French in Dakar, see the shocking pink waters of Senegal’s salty Lake Retba and witness a slice of rural life in the Casamance region.Read full article >>
At the heart of college denial letters lies a paradox.
The admissions deans who sign them almost always express sorrow or regret over their decision to turn down an applicant. And yet colleges seeking to attain or maintain prestige reap an undeniable benefit from the act of denial on a massive scale.Read full article >>
Jenna Kress sat down at her computer one recent evening to check the status of her application to the University of Georgia. The 17-year-old senior at Walt Whitman High School in Montgomery County let out a scream when video fireworks lighted up her screen.Read full article >>
In early January, a group of District high school dropouts opened a plastic tub full of spare parts and a computer. Six weeks later — with some help from professional engineers — they had turned the materials into Fresh T.E.C.H.S., a boxy robot complete with a conveyor belt of orange tubing and a metal arm that expands to 60 inches.Read full article >>
The Virginia School Boards Association announced that Gina Patterson will be the organization’s executive director beginning Jan. 1.
Patterson, now the deputy executive director, will succeed Barbara Coyle, who is retiring at the end of this year.Read full article >>
Here's a list of 50-plus ways that schools manipulate standardized test scores to make the results look better than they actually are. They were compiled by the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, or FairTest, a nonprofit dedicated to ending the misuse of standardized test scores, and were taken from actual cases documented in government and reports. You can learn more here about the misuse of tests.
I understand the frustration of Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III over low school performance. I see why he wants to take power away from a sometimes ineffective school board. All over the country, conscientious leaders like Baker are looking for ways to improve learning, particularly for poor kids.Read full article >>
Student test scores are among the lowest in the Washington region. Many classrooms are overcrowded. School buses often arrive late or not at all. Superintendents and teachers often leave after spending just a couple of years in the district.Read full article >>
The indictment portrays Hall as the head of a corrupt organization that used standardized test scores to financially reward and punish employees, and it alleges that those involved agreed to lie and cheat and destroy documents to cheat so that student test scores would look higher than they really were.Read full article >>